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The Palestra: College Hoops’ Most Storied Arena

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Credit: Ed B, Flickr
The Palestra is famous its raucous atmosphere and for its seating that reaches right to the floor.

There’s a reason why they refer to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as March Madness: On top of the fact that the games themselves are crazy, basically the whole country goes wild over it. (When else do you see grown men and women biting their nails and sweating in their offices cubicles over whether to scribble “Dayton” or “Ohio State” on a piece of paper?)

But even with the onset of live-streaming five-game simulcasts and billion-dollar bracket giveaways, the game still has plenty of history to celebrate. Case in point: Philadelphia’s 1927 hoops arena known as the Palestra.... 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.

Desegregation Landmark in New Orleans Again Offers Education — and Healing

Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

The William Frantz Elementary, now Akili Academy, in New Orleans' upper 9th Ward after restoration.
The William Frantz Elementary, now Akili Academy, in New Orleans' upper 9th Ward after restoration

On November 14, 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges started her first day at the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward. As one of the first children to integrate public schools in the city, she was escorted to the building by federal marshals through throngs of hostile protestors.

“I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades, and police officers, and just people everywhere,” Bridges recalled in a PBS documentary that aired in November. “When I saw all of that, I immediately thought that it was Mardi Gras. I had no idea that they were here to keep me out of the school."... 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.

Woodrow Wilson's Boyhood Home Receives a Reconstruction All Its Own

Posted on: February 17th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 2 Comments

 

The project restored the original paint scheme to the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home. Credit: Historic Columbia
The project restored the original paint scheme to the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home.

Long before Woodrow Wilson entered the presidency in 1913, he was a normal teenage kid who liked baseball and watching trains. In 1871, just before his 14th birthday, his father moved the family from Augusta, Ga., to Columbia, S.C., and though they would spend only two-and-a-half years there, the place would have a strong impact on shaping the nation’s 28th president.... 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.

Colorado’s 1911 Silverton School Hits Preservation High

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by David Robert Weible 1 Comment

 

Silverton’s 1911 school serves grades K-12 and sits at 9,305 feet above sea level. Credit: Scott Smith
Silverton’s 1911 school serves grades K-12 and sits at 9,305 feet above sea level.

Everything is a little tougher in Silverton, Colo. Take, for example, breathing. At more than 9,300 feet, the town of some-600 sits in pretty thin air.

Then there’s the issue of getting there. Accessible only by high-mountain pass or the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, making the trek is nothing to sneeze at.

Needless to say, residents of this former mining town and National Register Historic District in southwestern Colorado are a hearty bunch, so when it came time to preserve their historic 1911 schoolhouse, there were no ifs, ands, or buts about it.... 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.

A New Experiment for the Eero Saarinen-Designed Bell Labs Building

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 4 Comments

 

The massive atrium of the Bell Labs building. Credit: s o d a p o p, Flickr
The massive atrium of the Bell Labs building

The Bell Labs building has been the site of countless advances in science and technology since its completion in 1961. In its time, it’s hosted the work of multiple Nobel Prize winners, including that of Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, who in 1964 discovered the universal background radiation that helped prove that our universe is expanding, and led to the general acceptance of the Big Bang Theory.

Needless to say, a building with that much cultural heritage is practically priceless to preservationists, but the fact that it was designed by Eero Saarinen makes it that much sweeter. Now, the building that almost went the way of the Dodo will play host to a whole new experiment.... 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.