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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.

[10 on Tuesday] Toolkit Round-Up: The "Saving Places" Edition

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi

 

With more than a year's worth of toolkits under our belts, we thought it was time to bring back some of the old favorites in case you missed them, lost them, or just wanted to refresh your memory.

This week's edition focuses on all the tips and techniques for getting started in preservation -- from basic definitions to recommended reading to getting your family and community excited about saving places. Let's jump in!... 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.

National Treasure Terminal Island Now on Path to Preservation

Posted on: September 21st, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 2 Comments

 

Building on Terminal Island. Credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop, Flickr
Threatened building on Terminal Island

We at the National Trust have been hard at work in Los Angeles this past month, and we wanted to share with you some great success stories from our recent projects.

You may be familiar with Terminal Island, one of our National Treasures in the Port of Los Angeles. This once-vibrant Japanese-American fishing village was a major World War I and II shipbuilding center, as well as the birthplace of the worldwide tuna canning industry. The island also played a key role in a tragic chapter of American history: In 1942, an entire Japanese-American community there was seen as a national security threat, and its residents were forcibly removed and imprisoned at the internment camp Manzanar.

Despite the site’s deep historic significance, however, the Port of Los Angeles has neglected historic buildings there, and in 2011 introduced a plan to demolish more structures rather than adapt and reuse them. The National Trust and the Los Angeles Conservancy joined forces on an advocacy campaign to save the island’s history -- an effort that paid off when the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners adopted the forward-thinking Los Angeles Port Master Plan Update this past August.

The approved plan -- the first comprehensive update of the Port’s development policies and procedures in more than three decades -- offers a path for the preservation and re-use of historic buildings on Terminal Island. The National Trust and the Los Angeles Conservancy worked to ensure that the final plan would serve as a replicable model for other industrial ports throughout the country.

Preservation-focused components of the plan include:

  • Identifying Fish Harbor’s Japanese-American Commercial Village as a historic resource
  • Removing road realignments originally intended to bisect historic buildings
  • Making mixed-use land use designations that provide greater flexibility in adaptively reusing historic buildings

The Terminal Island Japanese Village Memorial honors the Japanese immigrants who lived in the once-thriving fishing village. Credit: FredMikeRudy, Flickr
The Terminal Island Japanese Village Memorial honors the Japanese immigrants who lived in the once-thriving fishing village.

In addition to the National Trust’s work at Terminal Island, the organization’s Preservation Green Lab is partnering with the Urban Land Institute to advance the reuse of historic and older buildings in the City of Los Angeles. Using downtown Los Angeles as a testing ground, the initiative is identifying the most common barriers to building reuse and developing strategies to make it easier to creatively reuse buildings. Their work will help inform policies and incentives for building reuse in other cities. A report to announce the findings of the LA pilot will be available mid-October, 2013.

On the heels of these successes, the National Trust opened a field office in downtown Los Angeles on September 1 to further its efforts to preserve historic places in Southern California and the Southwest. Chris Morris, formerly with the National Trust’s Chicago field office, is leading the new LA office and is joined by Jeana Wiser of the Preservation Green Lab. We’re excited to continue our work there and keep the good news coming!

Have a question about our work in this region? Know a cool place you want us to know about, too? Email editorial@savingplaces.

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.