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Every preservationist, whether new to the game or a seasoned saver, walks into a fight knowing there's always a chance for loss. It's one of the unfortunate side effects of our cause -- that not every building will stay around for the next generation.

Now that sad moment has come for our National Treasure Prentice Women's Hospital, a Modernist icon in Chicago that is currently being demolished to make way for a new Northwestern University building.

But with loss comes hope. Losses can galvanize us. They remind us what's worth fighting for. And they inspire us to make sure it doesn't happen to other much-loved places elsewhere in the country.

As the scaffolding goes up around Prentice, we sat down with our colleague Chris Morris, a senior field officer for the National Trust who's been dedicated to Prentice since day 1. Here's what she had to say about the hospital, Modernism, and moving forward.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

 

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Dedication of a historical marker at the site of the former Lemon Street school in Marietta, Georgia.

Today’s local preservationists are big-picture thinkers. They’re not looking only at landmarks; they’re also thinking about their community’s whole environment, development history, sustainability, and politics. And one great way to protect a place’s history, culture, and values is to establish a local historic district.

This round-up takes you through some of the essential steps, components, and benefits related to local historic districts. Add any lessons we missed in the comments!... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Introducing PastCast: A New Podcast for People Who Save Places

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 7 Comments

 

PastCast debut episode. Credit: OCV PHOTO, Flickr

We're excited to announce the debut episode of PastCast, a show for the people who save places! (Hint: That's you.) Our mission is to bring you great stories of cool preservation projects around the country -- and let the people behind them tell you all about it in their own words.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

American Express' Greatest Preservation Moments (To Date)

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by Julia Rocchi

 

Facade at American Express' NYC office. Credit: Dan Sorenson Photography
Facade at American Express' NYC office

In 2005, Preservation magazine asked award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, “How important is preservation in the recalling of history?”

He answered, “It’s critical. We strain to listen to the ghosts and echoes of our inexpressibly wise past, and we have an obligation to maintain these places, to provide these sanctuaries, so that people may be in the presence of forces larger than those of the moment.”

American Express has long captured this ethos of protecting the past to enrich the future. As one of the world’s leading travel companies, they are passionate about culturally and historically significant places around the world, and have made historic preservation a hallmark of their community involvement.

As fans of the National Trust will know, we and American Express have worked together for nearly a decade on Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative that has supported the restoration of nearly 200 historic places across the country.

Today, we’re excited to share that the Partners in Preservation model is evolving further. In 2014, American Express will become the presenting sponsor of the National Trust’s National Treasures program, where they will continue to support national landmarks and local gems alike.

It’s yet another example of American Express’s commitment to keeping valuable places open, accessible, and sustainable for years to come. So to celebrate, we’re spotlighting some of their most noteworthy preservation achievements over the past 130 years.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Behind the Scenes in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 1 Comment

 

Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Ark., is now a brewery and distillery. Credit: Rush Jagoe
Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Ark., is now a brewery and distillery.

Our travel feature in the Fall issue of Preservation magazine puts the spotlight on Hot Springs, Ark., an unexpected gem in the Ouachita Mountains where thermal waters played a huge role in the city's past -- and are now influencing its future.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.