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Preservation Round-Up: The Oldest Distillery in the U.S. Edition

Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by Emily Potter

 

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The oldest distillery in the U.S., Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Did You Know? -- Bricks + Mortar

“Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky is the oldest continually operation distillery in the US?* Its 130-acre facility includes 4 centuries of architecture that is well-maintained and fully operational!”

The Sweet Sound of Renovation: A Concert Hall Loft -- Apartment Therapy

“Adaptive reuse is one of the best forms of creative and eco-friendly construction. Whether it's a former school house or church, buildings with a past life often make for some of the most interesting homes and interiors. This social hall in New York City is no exception -- the 32-foot barrel arched ceilings, porthole windows, stage lighting and old wood floors make a for a one-of-a-kind residence.”

Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg Will Be Demolished -- Philly.com

“A 14-year battle over the fate of a modern structure at the heart of Gettysburg National Military Park is over. The National Park Service said Thursday that it would begin demolishing the Cyclorama building as soon as February, clearing the site ahead of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle.”

Overdue Convenience of the Day: City Hall as Food Truck -- Atlantic Cities

“How did it take so long for this to happen? Boston's Brutalist City Hall building, designed by Paul Rudolph, may be the least popular City Hall in the country. It has only two stars on Yelp. And, like all government buildings, it is the site of bleak bureaucratic pilgrimages in search of forms and documents.”

A History of Home -- Sustainable Cities Collective

“We are often entrapped in the world of the now. We hardly ever look back, but it is surprising to find that once we do, we find the past is still lingers in every object around us. After having read Lucy Worsley's "If Walls Could Talk: An intimate history of the home," I look at my current spartan surroundings with a new appreciation.”

The Genius of Traditional Buildings -- Urban Indy

“Have you ever been to an old downtown and marveled at the historic buildings? Have you ever wondered how they could create such beautiful buildings on such small budgets, compared to the placeless architecture we are told is barely affordable today?”

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.

 

Last month, we gave you a basic road map to help you navigate securing local historic district designation for your community. Today’s toolkit will focus on one of those steps: determining the edges of your district.... 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 Transformer Edition

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Emily Potter

 

I enjoyed the last Transformers movie, but these properties don’t turn into larger-than-life superhero toys. Rather, the ones featured below have all been used as something else at one point ... a tavern, vineyard, even a former Coast Guard station. But now they're all are available to be your next home. (Perhaps in the new year?)

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A view of the Neala vineyards nestled in the Blue Ridge Foothills.

Neala Vineyard -- Madison, Virginia

Tucked in a valley between Washington, D.C. and the University of Virginia, this c. 1840 Greek Revival is more than just a house (though what a house it is, with carefully restored features, a library, and more). The 209 acres also come with a productive vineyard as well as beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Foothills from every angle. Price tag: $3,750,000... 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.

Historic Real Estate: The Humble Edition

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

Our last historic properties post brought you three very snazzy homes. This week’s post features three more humble properties that are interesting, unique, and sure to catch your eye, and all under $300,000. Enjoy!


Front view of the Historic Log Lodge in Luray, VA.

Historic Log Lodge -- Luray, Virginia

The Historic Real Estate website describes this lodge as a “must-see for the pioneer at heart!” This truly authentic log house comes with a barn and two guest cottages, all of which sit high on a hill with a dreamy view of the Shenandoah River. Price tag: $250,000


The Whiskey Bonding Barn, now event space in Molena, GA.

Whiskey Bonding Barn -- Molena, Georgia

A great example of re-use, this c. 1870 storage barn for aging whiskey has been renovated into gallery and event space. Large enough to host 100 people in a reception-style event, the barn has modern restrooms and tent space on the adjacent grass terrace. Price tag: $202,000


Victorian Home in Cadillac, MI, chock full of great features.

Three-Story Queen Ann Victorian Home -- Cadillac, Michigan

This Victorian home has everything from original refinished wood floors on two levels, two fireplaces, and a grandiose foyer, to a “maid’s” staircase leading from the kitchen to the second floor and a detached two car garage. Read the full description for even more features. Price tag: $144,900

Interested in buying or selling a historic property? Browse our Historic Real Estate site for more info.

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.

[Slideshow] Remembering Pearl Harbor: A Personal Reflection

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 


USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

As a writer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I often get to talk with local preservationists and hear about their thoughts, memories, and feelings on places they love. I enjoy telling their stories and getting to feel like a part of something bigger. Today, I have my own story to share.

Three weeks ago, I visited Pearl Harbor, one of our country’s most poignant historic places and one that we are remembering and honoring today.... 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.