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CityLove: Philadelphia by Instagram

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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It’s Friday at Love Park … #Lomo-fi -- @digitaldave, David Ford

For our next installment of CityLove, we’re headed to The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. In addition to our blog series, we’ll be doing in-person events June 14-20 in the city. If you’re in town, we hope you’ll join us!

Regardless, we wanted to spread the Philly warm-n-fuzzies to you virtually. For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking our followers to tag their photos with #CityLovePHL. Below we've chosen some of our favorites -- and we think they'll become your favorites, too.
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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

[Instagram Tour] Behind the Scenes at Union Station

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014 by Grant Stevens 4 Comments

 

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The top of the main hall | Fun Fact: Saint Gaudens designed these statues without shields. The railroad owners felt that the bare-legged statues might offend the ladies. As a way to get back at the resistance, the sculptor decided to give the statues a little extra. There are some interesting surprises behind some of these shields. -- @brilliantartistry, Jarrett Hendrix

While waiting in the Washington, D.C., Union Station Main Hall, many visitors look up to admire the beautiful barrel-vaulted ceilings currently undergoing restoration or the statues of Roman legionnaires that look down from stories above. Rarely, however, do you see people looking back at you.

Saturday, May 31 was an exception. In partnership with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), the National Trust led four behind-the-scenes tours of Union Station, taking photographers and Instagrammers to spaces rarely open to the public.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos from the day, as well as information about each of the stops. You can find more photos on Instagram or Twitter by searching #unionstationtour. Be sure to follow @SavingPlaces too!... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Get Ready, Philly!

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 5 Comments

 

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In #Philly, old #buildings have big hearts and simple messages. #philAdelphia #pa #love #loveletter #preservation #savingplaces #urban #urbanex #cities #citylovephl #igers_philly #igphilly #streetart #mural #graffiti #listenwithyourheart -- @SavingPlaces

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking CityLove to the next level.

Since January, our urban infatuation has played out mostly here on our blog, where we have celebrated great American cities and the place-savers who call them home. But now, we’re ready for our love to be an in-real-life kind of affair.

This June 14-20, we’re packing our bags for a place that truly lives up to one of its many nicknames -- “The City That Loves You Back.” That’s right; We’re Philadelphia-bound for an entire week of meet-ups, parties, and behind-the-scenes photo tours, all taking place inside some of the city’s most iconic -- and of course, historic -- places.... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

Preservation in Progress: Main Street Revitalizes Conrad, Iowa

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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The Record building in Conrad, Iowa, seen before its renovation in winter 2013

Though I now live in Washington, D.C., my home will always be Conrad, Iowa -- population 1,108 and Black Dirt Capital of the World. Conrad was actually how I first heard about the National Main Street Center, which is now a subsidiary of the National Trust. My town boasted one of Main Street Iowa’s original Rural Main Streets (populations less than 5,000) and I have fond memories of when my mom had a business in Conrad and was involved with Main Street.

Each time I go home, I notice small differences, but when I was home during Christmas this past year, major changes were underway. As Darla Ubben, the Conrad Chamber-Main Street Program Director, explains in this more in-depth Preservation Leadership Forum blog post, Conrad received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to carry out a facade improvement program on 22 storefronts and four rear facades.

I snapped some photos last winter while work was underway, and convinced my younger brother Clark to get some as well in early May when the work was nearly complete. I hope you enjoy seeing some of these great preservation-in-progress photos!

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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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Tour Chattanooga by Instagram

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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Some of my favorite things…#coolidgepark #tennesseeriver #lookout mountain #deltaqueenriverboat #fallleaves #marketstreetbridge #tennesseeaquarium #blueskies @tiltshift #riverboat-- @fox _in_its_hole, Jamie Leigh

We love Jamie’s picture because it has so many of our favorite parts of Chattanooga -- the river, a historic bridge, and of course, one of our National Treasures, the Delta Queen Steamboat.

As part of CityLove, our ongoing blog series, we’re exploring Chattanooga, Tenn. Last week we did an overview of the city, and this week we’re taking you on an Instagram tour.... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.