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Older and historic buildings are the heart and soul of our communities. They provide character, history, and authenticity, making our main streets and neighborhoods places that we love, not just places to live. (That’s a big reason why we’re preservationists, right?)

What’s more, many older buildings are inherently just as sustainable, if not more so, than new ones. The National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab (PGL) is focused on helping historic communities maximize their energy efficiency potential and vitality. And in the end, we believe our main streets will outlive the chain stores and franchises.

There are 1.5 million commercial buildings more than 50 years old in America, so we have opportunities at every turn to make sure the places we love are sustainable, high-performing, and vibrant for years to come. Here are eight strategies to help you build a sustainable preservation movement in your community.... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

Historic Real Estate: The Houses with Fun Features Edition

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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The enchanting estate called Birdland.

Birdland -- Kinsale, Va.

Sitting on almost six acres of magical bird sanctuary, this restored farmhouse offers lovely views inside and out. Enjoy the private beachfront, dock, and deep water pier on the Potomac River, or relax inside the beautifully maintained c. 1850 home. Price: $795,000... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

Historic Real Estate: The Historic House Crush Edition

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by Emily Potter 3 Comments

 

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The beautiful Saxton Hall.

Saxton Hall -- Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.

If you’re going to have an old-house crush, this just might be the place. It’s only 50 miles from New York City in the lovely Hudson Valley. On the outside, six huge Corinthian columns line the porch, and on the inside, every detail has been maintained and restored. Price: $799,000... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

Historic Real Estate: The Beautifully Landscaped Edition

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by Emily Potter 2 Comments

 

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Manicured lawns and a beautiful landscape make the views from every window of this historic home pleasing.

Hardscrabble -- Hillsborough, N.C.

Considered one of the most architecturally interesting houses in the North Carolina Piedmont area, this 18th-century home was originally built as two separate residences for two families. Today, the combined house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Local Historic Landmark. Price: $795,000

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Meticulously laid gardens and charming stone walls surround this historic house.

Delafield Island Gate House -- Darien, Conn.

Just a few steps from Gorham’s Pond in Darien, Conn., this circa 1788 home has been lovingly cared for by its current owners for 50 years. Inside you’ll find period hardwood and wide board plank flooring; outside you’ll be surrounded by an expansive lawn and beautiful views. Price: $1,749,000

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Serene and gorgeous views await those who stop to relax on any of this home's multiple porches.

Haseltine-Dreyfus Estate -- Springfield, Mo.

One of southwest Missouri’s most coveted and historic homes will soon be up for auction. Resting on 10 exquisitely landscaped acres and sitting behind its own gated entrance, the house has been masterfully restored and thoughtfully updated. Price: contact agent

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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

Historic Real Estate: Restored to Former Glory Edition

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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This Ohio property is lovely on the inside and out.

Landmark property built in 1838 -- Westlake, Ohio

When this over 5,000-square-foot home was built in 1838, it sat on one of the largest farms in Ohio with over 3,200 acres. Over the year, it has been painstakingly restored and today features many original elements, such as period wallpaper (check out the dining room) and a walnut staircase. Price: $1,090,000... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.