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[Historic Bars] Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Over the next few weeks, PreservationNation will continue its historic bars series with America’s takes on the shady, beer-brewing bodegas that originally sprouted in the Fatherland. Our first spot is not only one of the country’s oldest beer gardens, it’s also the longest continuously operating business in its hometown. Below is a rundown of the Scholz Garten.

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The Scholz Garten has been an Austin institution since the day the original bar opened its doors in 1866.

Pop quiz: What do all of the following things have in common?

Bunsen burners, crop rotation, kindergarten, tubas, sausage, Christmas trees, the Easter Bunny, Levi’s (and blue jeans in general), and beer gardens (or biergartens).... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

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The Lewis and Clark Branch of St. Louis County Library is expected to be demolished as early as August.

It’s no secret that Midcentury Modern designs can be a little harder to love than their counterparts from earlier eras, but as these buildings from the post-war period come of age, communities across the country are grappling with the question of whether or not they deserve the same attention and protection as their pre-war ancestors. That seems to be just the case for the Lewis & Clark Branch Library in St. Louis County, Mo.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Historic Bars] Pinkie Master’s Lounge, Savannah’s Best Dive Bar

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

As part of our historic bars series, we're continuing our coverage of the best dive bars in the country. This week, we turn our attention to the South and see what's going on in Savannah.

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Pinkie Master’s is considered the best dive bar in Savannah, and one of the best in the entire South.

I’ll start with what I know to be true: Pinkie Master’s Lounge on Drayton Street in Savannah, Ga., was ranked as the third best dive bar in the South by Southern Living in 2013. It opened in 1951, and serves extremely cheap PBRs. It has alternately been referred to as “Stinky Bastards” and “The Vortex of Savannah.”

The rest is a little bit hazy.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

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What is now the Tangier American Legation in Morocco played a key role in the Allied invasion of North Africa during World War II.

If you had to guess, you’d probably think the first American-owned government property outside of our borders was in France, or Canada, or maybe even Japan. But you’d be way off. In fact, you wouldn’t even be on the right continent.

The longest tenured American-owned property on foreign soil is in Africa -- Tangier, Morocco, to be exact. It’s the only National Historic Landmark on foreign soil and has served as a symbol of American engagement with the Islamic world and North Africa since the early days of the republic.

Morocco was the first country to recognize American statehood (in June of 1786). What is now known as the Tangier American Legation in Morocco (TALIM) was gifted to the American government by Sultan Moulay Suleiman in 1821. Since then, it’s acquired quite a bit of history.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Tampa’s Jackson Rooming House: Music to a Preservationist’s Ears

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Jackson Rooming House, exterior. Credit: Bracken Engineering
Outside the Jackson Rooming House

Though there’s no clear record for when exactly it was built, Tampa’s Jackson Rooming House started off as a typical single-family home in the 1890s. It wasn’t until between 1901 and 1905 that it received its addition and became the one of the city’s few rooming houses that catered to African-Americans during the era of segregation.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.