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Our special toolkit series on how to save a place has touched on why historic places matter and how to manage your personal expectations for a preservation project. Now that you’re in the right mindset, it’s time to take your first steps towards actually saving the historic place that matters to you.

First, you’ll need to do your research on exactly what makes your place historically significant and understand the threats to your site’s long-term survival. These 12 tips will help you develop a strong foundation on which to build your preservation efforts.

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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 Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

The Restoration of Al Capone’s Miami Beach Mansion

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by David Weible 1 Comment

 

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The two-story pool cabana is on the edge of Biscayne Bay. A spiral staircase leads to the top floor which comprises two, mirror-image large rooms -- one bedroom and one full bathroom.

Prohibition is dead, gone, and if this blog is any indication, ain't coming back (thank God). But the former home of Al Capone, the Prohibition era’s most notorious bootlegger, was recently resurrected.... 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 Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament Championship Recap

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by David Weible 5 Comments

 

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The Corner Club in Moscow, Idaho is the first-ever champion of The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament.

Last call is over and it’s finally closing time for The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament 2015, but there’s one drinkery still dancing victoriously atop the bar.... 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 Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Some old buildings need a little love.

Around Christmas in 2012, Bernice Radle of Buffalo’s Young Preservationists got the idea to put a big red bow on a nearby vacant building to spread holiday cheer. Then it occurred to her to do the same with a heart-shaped cutout the following Valentine’s Day.

Thirty people helped Bernice place giant hearts on four vacant buildings, and heart bombing was born.

Today, three of those buildings are still standing and two have new owners -- a testament to the power of showing places (and their communities) that someone cares about them.

Since that February morning in 2013, heart bombing has spread to Philadelphia, Omaha, Hawaii, and beyond. (See our 2015 round-ups here and here .) We spoke with Bernice to get her best tips for a successful heart bombing event.... 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 Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament Final Four Recap

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015 by David Weible 1 Comment

 

The Mint Bar has been in operation since 1907.
Sheridan, Wyoming's Mint Bar has been in operation since 1907.

The hour is getting late and the crowd has cleared out. Two of our Final Four competitors have been bounced out the door, and there’s only one pair of lushes left at the bar. But the night is far from over, so put another dollar in the juke, pull up a stool, and watch the championship game of The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament 2015 play out.

While you’re waiting on a drink, check out the Final Four scores and cast your vote to help decide America’s favorite historic bar below.... 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 Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament Round 3 Recap

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by David Weible 1 Comment

 

Milwaukee’s Holler House is home to the nation’s oldest certified bowling alley.
Milwaukee’s Holler House is home to the nation’s oldest certified bowling alley.

Fun fact: We received more than 13,000 (!) votes in the latest round of The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament 2015 -- which means everyone must have been comfortably seated on their favorite bar stool, sending in vote after vote for their historic bar of choice.

And who can blame them for such loyal devotion? Our Final Four are colorful and crazy, wild and welcoming -- everything a great bar should be. Check out who is still in the running for a championship slot. ... 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 Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.