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[10 on Tuesday] How to Preserve Places of Worship, Part Two

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by Emily Potter 5 Comments

 

As with any type of historic site, churches, synagogues, and mosques can find themselves at risk when no longer in use. The key difference: They have a religious context and sacred atmosphere that deserve special attention and care.

Last week, we began this conversation with ten questions to ask at the outset of any preservation or reuse project concerning a sacred space. This week, we have ten things to consider when planning for the most sympathetic reuse possible of a place of worship.... 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 Front Porch Edition

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by Emily Potter 2 Comments

 

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The William W. Early House nestled among the trees in Brandywine, Maryland.

William W. Early House -- Brandywine, Md.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, the William W. Early House is a classic example of Queen Anne-style architecture. William W. Early, grandson of William H. Early, an important landowner and developer of the village of Brandywine, had the house built in 1907 on the property of his childhood home. Today the house is fully restored, features a gourmet kitchen and spacious rooms, and offers scenic views of the park-like landscape from its expansive porch. Price tag: $599,000... 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 Multi-Million Dollar Edition

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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Backyard view of the Delano & Aldrich Manor Home. 

Delano & Aldrich Manor Home -- Muttontown, NY

The Delano & Aldrich architecture firm specialized in the Beaux Arts tradition for elite clients in New York City, and this home shows off their trademark combination of brick and limestone. Seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and 14 fireplaces sprawl throughout 11,500 square feet, and the three acres of landscaped property comes with a heated, in-ground pool. Price tag: $3,980,000... 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.

 

In the preservation world, the term “recent past” most commonly refers to historic places younger than 50 years old. Modernism, which is another term often associated with the recent past, is generally defined as a style that began to flourish in the United States in the 1930s. Both describe places and cultural resources that are among the most under-appreciated and vulnerable aspects of our nation’s heritage.

You may already know about our country’s recent past story through architectural icons like the Farnsworth House or Glass House (both sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation), designed landscapes like Lawrence Halprin’s Freeway Park, and nationally significant historic sites like Lorraine Motel, associated with the Civil Rights Movement.

But this story is also told in less prominent places that are equally important to local communities and reveal much about who we are and where we've come from -- early fast-food restaurants, drive-through branch banks, post-war housing projects, and suburban developments. And, often, these lesser-known places are the ones at risk, perceived as expendable, unattractive, or unworthy of preservation.

Here are 10 things you can do to help save a place from the recent past 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 Lighthouse Edition

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by Emily Potter 6 Comments

 

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North Pierhead Lighthouse, off the coast of Lake Michigan

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead Lighthouse -- Sturgeon Bay, WI

There are several lights along the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, but the North Pierhead Lighthouse was the first. Situated just off the coastline of Lake Michigan, the original lighthouse was constructed in 1881, but when the light and fog signal needed major repairs, a new tower was built in 1903 at the outermost point of the pier. Price tag: Contact agent for price... 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.