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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 →

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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.

Ogden High School: How A Utah Community Saved Its Beloved Art Deco Gem

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 4 Comments

 

Ogden High School’s Art Deco design has been an icon in the community since the 1930s. Credit: Ogden School Foundation
Ogden High School’s Art Deco design has been an icon in the community since the 1930s.

Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah, has been a community gathering place and source of civic pride since the 1930s. The first million-dollar high school in the state, it is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture.

But after graduating 115,000 students over 70 years, the high school was showing its age. The local community, city school district, and private donors rallied around the iconic building to support a $64-million, multi-year rehabilitation and restoration.... 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.

How Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Shaped the Man in Black

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by David Robert Weible 2 Comments

 

The Cash home in Dyess before Arkansas Sate acquired it in 2011. Credit: Beth Wiedower
The Cash home in Dyess before Arkansas Sate acquired it in 2011.

Listening to his music, it’s easy to picture a young Johnny Cash running around a rural Southern town causing trouble and learning the life lessons that inspired his simple but profound folk, rock, blues, and country tunes.

Well, that rural Southern town was the community of Dyess in northeastern Arkansas, and now fans of the late Man in Black will soon have a chance to do just the same.... 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.

Ponce City Market: Atlanta's History in the Making

Posted on: November 29th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 4 Comments

 

Bird's eye view of Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Credit: Sarah Dorio
Bird's eye view of Ponce City Market in Atlanta

When it’s all said and done, Ponce City Market will be Atlanta’s largest adaptive reuse project ever, encompassing 1.1 million square feet of retail, office space, and residences in what was once a Sears, Roebuck & Company distribution center. But as much as the sheer size of the project impresses, the delight is in the details.... 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.

The Denmark Presbyterian Church: A Corner of Tennessee History

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 6 Comments

 

The exterior of the church after restoration was completed. Credit: Big Black Creek Historical Association
The exterior of the Denmark Presbyterian Church after restoration was completed.

With a current population of seven (yes, just seven), you’d think there wouldn’t be much to the town of Denmark in west Tennessee. But the little crossroads just 70-odd miles northeast of Memphis is a place with some oversized history.

Denmark is said to be the oldest Anglo town in West Tennessee, dating roughly to the 1818 treaty that Andrew Jackson signed for the land with the Chickasaw tribe. And contrary to the belief of the 40 or so Danish nationals that visit the town each year, the name is believed to come from the Chickasaw term for their hunting ground.

Most of the area was settled on land grants during the 1820s at three cents an acre. An estimated 50 to 60 percent of those grants remain in the families of their original owners. The town was the largest in the region until the railroads boosted neighbors like the city of Jackson.

And today, the little town’s crown jewel is the Denmark Presbyterian Church.... 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.