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[10 on Tuesday] How Artists Can Help Interpret History

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Julia Rocchi 2 Comments

 

It’s a constant question for people in the preservation community: How can we make museums and historic sites most relevant to the communities they serve? The Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland, had a creative solution. Literally, creative. The museum opened its doors to cultural artists -- visual, literary, and performing -- who create new works inspired by the Museum’s historic collection or the history of the area.

We spoke with Allison Weiss, Sandy Spring’s executive director, to learn how the museum approached its reinvention, what happened as a result, and what tips other places can take away from Sandy Spring’s success.... 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.

[10 on Tuesday] 10 Steps for Restoring Historic Theaters

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 9 Comments

 

PreservationNation blog readers love historic theaters with a capital LOVE, reading and liking and commenting in overdrive whenever we share a restoration or reuse story. And really, what’s not to love? Theaters evoke wonderful memories of experiencing art, enjoying architecture, and spending time with loved ones.

Plus, historic theaters are proven community revitalizers and economic drivers. Not only do they generate an impact of at least $2-$3 per dollar spent on tickets, but they also catalyze other business development, create jobs, and improve the local quality of life.

But restoring a historic theater is no small undertaking. In fact, the average historic theater project costs between $5 and $30 million, opens in 5 to 10 years from inception, and requires dozens of consultants. In this toolkit, we share the essential steps in bringing a historic theater back to life so it can be the site of many more happy memories to come.... 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.

[10 on Tuesday] Toolkit Round-Up: Green Historic Home Edition

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

 

Job Corps, Grey Towers. Credit: USDAgov, Flickr.

Sustainability is a hot topic in preservation (as evidenced by the great work of our Preservation Green Lab), because it's a natural intersection of values. When we say "sustainable" in the context of historic preservation, we’re talking about using what we already have -- in this case, buildings, and the features and materials that make them unique and historic.

In this week's toolkit round-up, we share with you three presentations that bring sustainability to your front door and help you achieve a "green" historic home -- from ways to weatherize your historic home to methods for retrofitting your historic windows. Thanks for helping the earth ... and a historic place!... 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.

 

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 →

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.

 

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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.