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[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Preservation

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by Emily Potter 2 Comments

 

One of the reasons we preserve historic places is so that they can continue to tell the stories of our history for the next generation. But how effective is that goal if the next generation doesn't understand the value and significance of these places we've dedicated ourselves to saving?

This is why it’s so important to get kids involved and interested in historic preservation now: Ignite a passion for history and culture, and spark a lifelong commitment to saving places that matter.

Here are 10 things to do with kids in the classroom or at home to get them involved in and excited about historic preservation.... 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 Victorian Edition

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by Emily Potter 2 Comments

 

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Front of the historic Albert Sears House in Plano, Illinois, with a wraparound porch that has been restored to its original glory.

Historic Albert Sears House -- Plano, Illinois

Constructed in 1881 for Albert H. Sears, a prominent business man in Plano, this Queen Anne style house has been lovingly restored and professionally decorated and landscaped. The house sits on two acres and is just three miles from Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House, a historic site of the National Trust. Price tag: $449,000

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The 22-bedroom Alfred Dolge Mansion in Dolgeville, New York.

Alfred Dolge Mansion -- Dolgeville, New York

This 12,000 square-foot Victorian was built in 1890 by Alfred Dolge, a well known entrepreneur and namesake of Dolgeville, New York. The original European craftsmanship throughout the 22 bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two living rooms has been carefully preserved. Perfect for residential living, a bed and breakfast, or hosting events. Price tag: $449,900

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Victorian home in Belleair, Florida with three stories, two porches, and many other historic, elegant features.

Charming Victorian Home -- Belleair, Florida

This historic treasure was Henry B. Plant’s residence in 1900. Plant was a famous railroad magnate who developed the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel and surrounding area. This three-story home is over 4,000 square feet of history, original features, and modern amenities. Price tag: $775,000

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.

 

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Anne and Aaron at the re-dedication of the La Salle County Courthouse.

We all feel some kind of love for a certain place (or places). That’s why we’re preservationists. So what happens when two preservationists fall in love? In the case of one Texas couple, meeting each other launched a commitment to celebrating the places they love together -- by visiting all the historic courthouses across the Lone Star State.

I talked with Anne Cornell shortly after she and her fiancé, Aaron Mason, attended the Comal County Courthouse celebration, which was one of the first events in our “I Love Texas Courthouses” campaign. Having just completed their courthouse journey on December 1, 2012, their tale of Texas love is inspiring in more ways than one.... 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 Fixer-Upper Edition

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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Old Home Bank at the corner of N. 3rd Street and W Main Street in Newark, Ohio.

Historic Louis Sullivan Bank Building -- Newark, Ohio

The Old Home Bank is an extraordinary space to rent or own. The building was designed by architect Louis Sullivan, mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and first opened in 1915. Located in historic downtown Newark square, the bank building is ready to be restored and re-opened. Price tag: $750,000... 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.

[10 on Tuesday] 10 Basic Elements of a Preservation Ordinance

Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

If you’ve been following along through our toolkit series on establishing a local historic district, you know that your community should develop a task force; understand and communicate the benefits of historic district designation; and decide on where the boundary lines should be set to ensure you keep the “local” in your local historic district.

Next, you’ll need to develop the legislation -- a preservation ordinance -- to protect the historic resources in your community.

A preservation ordinance is a local statute enacted to protect buildings and neighborhoods from destruction or insensitive rehabilitation. It also establishes a design review board (known as the preservation commission) and process, which are critical for securing historic district designation.

Developing a preservation ordinance demonstrates the willingness of a community to recognize, invest in, and protect its historic character. And while every community’s ordinance should be written to meet the specific needs of the area, each should have these 10 basic components:... 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.