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Jason Deem. Credit: Cole Geddy Photography
Jason Deem

As part of the Cities in Focus Blog series, the Community Outreach team wanted to highlight a local leader -- someone who is in the city, living the preservation-minded, place-loving life. For our first city of St. Louis, we chose Jason Deem, the owner of South Side Spaces and Nebula Coworking, as well as president of the Cherokee Station Business Association. We hope you enjoy our chat with him!... Read More →

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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.

Cities in Focus: Meet St. Louis

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 17 Comments

 

St. Louis skyline at night. Credit: ryanarcher.com
STL's night skyline

The Community Outreach Team sees a pretty constant stream of inspiration for what we do -- a young preservationists group forming in Philly, new Main Street projects in Iowa, the legacy bar program in San Francisco, etc. So, we were thinking -- how can we share some of these inspiring things with a bigger audience?  Our answer: Cities in Focus.

In this new monthly blog series, we'll pick a city and highlight some of the cool, inspiring things we see happening there, both in the traditional preservation field and beyond. We certainly can’t cover all the cool preservation things happening in a city, but we see this as a small start designed to spark your interest and get you interested in learning more. We think it’s going to pretty darn cool, but then again, we’re biased.

Our first City in Focus takes us down to St. Louis, Missouri. Home of the St. Louis Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and, oh yeah, the Arch. Here’s what stood out to us preservation-wise in the “Gateway to the West.”... 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.

Basel to Buffett: A Busy Time for Miami Marine Stadium

Posted on: January 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Art Basel chalet, 2013. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Swiss Chalet by artistic duo Kolkoz was created to highlight juxtapositions both in climate and architecture.

Art Basel and Jimmy Buffet aren’t two things you usually think of together. Art Basel is an international art show known for over the top modern art installations, and Jimmy Buffett is, well, Jimmy Buffett. But Miami Marine Stadium, a National Treasure, connects the two.... 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.

 

Items sold at the two Astrodome “Yard Sales,
Items sold at the two Astrodome “yard sales," such as seats and Astroturf, were popular in the Dome Mobile as well as with many passionate fans.

When Jason, Beth, and I were driving around Houston in the Dome Mobile, people talked to us for many different reasons – Our charming personalities (obviously)! The swag we were handing out! The fact that we had a 26-foot truck parked somewhere they wanted to be! But they were also drawn in by two very Astrodome-specific things:

1. The end-zone Astroturf lining the floor of the Dome Mobile
2. The four orange Astrodome seats sitting in the Dome Mobile

Harris County, which owns the Astrodome, has had two different “yard sales” where devoted fans could buy assorted items from the Dome, including pieces of Astroturf and pairs of the iconic seats. In the days and weeks afterwards, we saw photos of these items showing up on our @SavingPlaces Instagram and Twitter feeds. Most often, people were buying items for the mancaves/fancaves and as gifts for others.

Though the future of the Astrodome is still complicated, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. We also asked the photographers what made them want seats from the Dome. (Ed. note: Some entries edited for length and clarity.)... 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.

 

Credit: @nationalmall, Instagram
“#TBT The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree looks out over the National Mall during the holiday season. #Christmas #NationalMall #Washington #DC #USA #Capitol” -- @nationalmall, The National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Since starting in the Community Outreach Department at the National Trust back in mid-October, I’ve feel like I’ve been on the move a fair amount -- moving to a new city, making a Thanksgiving trip to see friends and family in New York City and New Jersey, doing Community Outreach projects in Houston and Miami, and taking part in our headquarters move to the Watergate Office Building.

But coming from Iowa to DC, I’m used to cooler weather in the fall, and right now winter doesn’t feel particularly, well, wintery. Talking with my parents back in Iowa made me miss snow, so last week I scanned the @savingplaces Instagram feed for snowy shots from historic places.

Here were some of my favorites:... 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.