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[In Transition] Pilgrim Baptist Church: Chicago, Illinois

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 by Gwendolyn Purdom No Comments

 

Our In Transition series digs back in and brings you up to speed on the current status of historic places previously featured in Preservation magazine or the PreservationNation blog.

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The original Kehilath Anshe Ma'ariv Synagogue, later the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

When Preservation featured Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church in its May/June 2008 issue, the striking 19th-century house of worship had already suffered the blows of a devastating fire and trouble moving restoration efforts beyond the planning stages in the years immediately afterward. Nearly a decade later, those efforts remain stunted. But as neighbors have grown weary of the obtrusive scaffolding that still supports the church’s limestone walls, at least one group has other plans for the embattled structure: turning it into a park.... 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.

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

14 End of Summer Reads for the Preservation Buff

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Gwendolyn Purdom 1 Comment

 

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After a summer packed with historic site visits and family roadtrip house museum detours, busy season is winding down for us preservation fans. But that’s no reason to slow our search for inspiring stories about saving places.

So, with your help, we’ve put together a list of favorites—new titles and classics—on history, architecture and the power of place to carry you into fall and beyond. Happy reading!... 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.

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

 

The executive producer and architecture buff behind AMC's 1960s-set megahit Mad Men sat down with Preservation magazine for its upcoming Summer issue and dished on his work with the LA Conservancy, his passion for places, and why he believes Don Draper is a preservationist.

Weiner is so passionate about the topic, in fact, that we couldn't fit the whole interview in print -- which means you get to enjoy it here instead!

Matthew Weiner on set. Credit: Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner on set

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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.

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

 

Spectators watch a twilight concert on Biscayne Bay at the Miami Marine Stadium, 1967. Credit: Florida Photographic Collection
Spectators watch a twilight concert on Biscayne Bay at the Miami Marine Stadium, 1967.

It was the site of speedboat races, rollicking concerts, beauty pageants, and countless floating family picnics and fishing trips, but today, the distinctive Miami Marine Stadium sits empty -- with the exception of decades of memories lingering in the salt-tinged oceanfront air.

In an effort to drum up support for the stadium’s revitalization, the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium have been collecting locals’ recollections of the stadium during its heyday. Today we kick off our “If Seats Could Talk” series with memories of music and merriment from Mark Fried.... 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.

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

 

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Singer and businesswoman Gloria Estefan

For our spring issue of Preservation, I spoke with Grammy-winning singer and businesswoman Gloria Estefan. The new National Trust for Historic Preservation board member had so much to say about her love for preserving historic places, we weren’t able to fit it all on one page in the magazine, so we’ve included an expanded version of our interview here. Enjoy!

You joined the National Trust’s Board of Trustees in October. Why is historic preservation something that you feel passionate about?

There are many reasons. I came to the U.S. when I was 18 months old and we, the Cuban community, in essence, have tried to transplant our culture here in Miami, everyone thought originally that we would be going back. At least our parents did. And as we grew and became part of the city, it was important for Emilio [her husband] and I both, to be a part of its growth in the business community and culturally as well. So through our music and our restaurants that we do we’ve tried to extend our Cuban culture that way and tried to preserve it.... 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.

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

[Slideshow] A Makeover for the Mayo Building

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Gwendolyn Purdom

 

A majestic relic of turn-of-the-20th century Tulsa, Okla., the Mayo Building, erected by two of the state’s founders, Cass and John Mayo, is the last remaining building in the city’s original “skyscraper district.” But as recently as 2005, the structure was abandoned and derelict.

Enter developer Wiggin Properties, LLC and architects Kinslow, Keith & Todd, who transformed the forgotten property into a mixed use residential and commercial building, earning the $30 million project the 2012 National Housing & Rehabilitation Association’s Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Market Tax Credits award, among other recognition. There’s now even a permanent display in the structure’s public spaces that tells the Mayo Building’s unlikely story.

Take a look at our slideshow to find out more about this inspiring makeover.

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.

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.