Author Archive

[10 on Tuesday] How to Save Your Historic Neighborhood School

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by Emily Potter

 

Historic neighborhood schools are anchors within our communities. They offer students distinctive and unique places to learn. They provide constant and subtle lessons about the history of their town and respect for the past. And, as they are often within walking distance, local schools encourage students to walk or bike, promoting healthy activity and a chance to experience and engage with their surroundings.

Yet, in recent years, America’s older and historic neighborhood schools are being increasingly demolished or deserted in favor of newer and bigger buildings located farther away.

The National Trust first brought national attention to this issue in 2000, when we named Historic Neighborhood Schools to the America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. We continue to advocate for these special places through our National Treasures work preserving Rosenwald Schools.

blog_photo_Montana historic school
Musselshell School in Musselshell County, Montana. Historic Rural Schoolhouses of Montana were named to the 2013 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list

As preservationists, we know there is a better solution for our local historic schools. It’s up to us to take a stand when one of these community landmarks is at risk. Here are 10 steps you can take to help save a threatened historic school in your neighborhood:... 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 Stone Home Edition

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by Emily Potter 3 Comments

 

blog_photo_Hendrick House

Hendrick Kip House -- Fishkill, New York

Built in 1753, the Hendrick Kip House is one of the oldest pre-revolutionary homesteads in Duchess County, New York. It once served as the headquarters for Baron von Steuben, a Major General during the Revolutionary War. Today the stone country estate sits fully restored on 50 acres. Price tag: $779,000

blog_photo_1750 Stone House

Historic 1750 Stone House -- Saugerties, New York

Carefully restored features such as exposed beams, wide Kingsboard floors, a nine-foot hearth, and hand-forged hardware make this home elegant and unique. Breathtaking mountain views surround the home and its three-car garage, horse barn, and outdoor heated pool. It is currently a vacation rental. Price tag: $995,000

blog_photo_French Country Stone Cottage

French Country Stone Cottage -- Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

Reminiscent of a French country chateau, this oval stone cottage overlooks the beautiful Lackawaxen River, made famous by author Zane Grey, known for his adventure novels about the American frontier, such as Riders of the Purple Sage. Private beach frontage and a screened-in gazebo offer easy access to idyllic views. Price tag: $549,000

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.

Historic Real Estate: The Doctor’s House Edition

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

blog_photo_Grandview Estate, Illinois
Rear view of Grandview Estate in Nashville, Ill.

Grandview Estate -- Nashville, Illinois

This beautiful Italianate home in the quaint town of Nashville, Illinois was carefully and lovingly restored by previous owners Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Stevenson. The house’s 4,000 square feet include five bedrooms and three bathrooms, a breakfast nook, and two parlors. Price tag: $450,000... 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] Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

Once you've decided whether you need to restore or rehabilitate your historic house, the next step is deciding whether you want to DIY-it or hire a professional.

Taking on a restoration or rehabilitation project can be enjoyable if you like hands-on work, whereas hiring a professional can save you time. Or, you might want to do a little of both, where you work on the projects you’re passionate about and contract experts to finish the rest.

Whatever approach you take, the decision involves knowing how much time and money you want to spend, what your interests are, and what skills you’re looking to hire someone for. This toolkit explains different types of professionals who can help you, plus important things to consider before hiring them.... 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.

Help Us Reach Our Membership Month Goal!

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by Emily Potter

 

Large crowd. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation

You might know that May is National Preservation Month, designed to encourage community residents to go out and visit the historic sites that make their neighborhoods meaningful places to live.

But did you also know that May is National Trust Membership Month? We launched Membership Month as a way to celebrate the importance of our members and the difference their support makes in helping to save the very places we are shining a spotlight on during National Preservation Month. And this year, our goal is to welcome 150 new members to our organization by May 31.

Whether a local preservationist or preservation professional, National Trust members play a vital role in protecting our country’s heritage. Member support enables us to preserve sacred landscapes, Modernist masterpieces, and beloved communities; fight to protect important preservation legislation that benefits our local economies; and empower individuals to take a stand for the places that matter to them.

Plus, in addition to having such a powerful impact on our work, membership comes with a host of great benefits, such as:

  • An annual subscription to our award-winning magazine, Preservation
  • Discounts on hundreds of historic places across the country and overseas
  • Up to 50% off the best available rate at Historic Hotels of America nationwide

We’re less than two weeks away from our deadline of May 31, and we’re halfway to our goal of welcoming 150 new members to the National Trust. We know we can make it.

If you’re not a member already, we hope you’ll consider becoming one in May. Membership starts at just $20, and joining today means you’ll not only help us reach our goal, but you’ll join thousands of passionate people who care about saving the treasured historic places that tell our stories and honor our heritage.

Every member is important to us, and we are very grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us save places!

Already a National Trust member? You can still help! Make a special donation or renew your membership 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.