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[Historic Bars] The Monkey Bar in New York

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn No Comments

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. This week, we check out Monkey Bar in New York City.

The Monkey Bar was purchased in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and hotelier Jeff Klein and underwent a full restoration. Credit: Christopher Dorsey/Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar was purchased in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and hotelier Jeff Klein and underwent a full restoration.

If you’re in the Big Apple and on the prowl for Jazz Age ambiance, a stiff bourbon smash, and some classic clams casino, look no further than the Monkey Bar in Midtown. Featured as a backdrop to both Carrie Bradshaw and Don Draper’s cocktail-fueled adventures in episodes of Sex and the City and Mad Men, the Monkey Bar has been a home for free-spirited writers, tortured ad men, and other thirsty New Yorkers for close to eight decades.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Historic Bars] The Cruise Room in Denver

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 2 Comments

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. This week, we explore Denver's Cruise Room.

The circa-1933 Cruise Room boasts intimate booths, a jazzy soundtrack and vintage Art Deco décor.  Credit: iandolphin21, Flickr
The c. 1933 Cruise Room boasts intimate booths, a jazzy soundtrack and vintage Art Deco décor.

Denver’s legendary Cruise Room boasts the title of the city’s oldest bar, opening just one day after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Located in downtown Denver's oldest hotel, the circa 1891 Oxford, the bar initially made a name for itself by serving martinis and, more recently, upscale cocktails in an Art Deco atmosphere modeled after a lounge on the ocean liner Queen Mary.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

Juneau’s St. Nicholas Church: An Icon of Alaska’s History

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1894. Architectural plans, funds for construction, and interior furnishings were shipped from Russia. Credit: asmythie, via Flickr
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1894. Architectural plans, funds for construction, and interior furnishings were shipped from Russia.

What kind of architecture do you think of when you hear the phrase “Russian Orthodox?” Maybe massive St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, its round, colorful spires reaching for the sky, or possibly the more modest, but still majestic, gold-domed houses of worship that dot cityscapes in the United States.

So what is a miniature version of one of these churches doing in Juneau, Alaska? The answer might surprise you.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Historic Bars] The Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit, Michigan

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

PreservationNation continues its historic bars series with America’s takes on the beer-brewing bodegas that originally sprouted in the Fatherland. Today's stop: Detroit.

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The Dakota Inn Rathskeller was founded by German immigrant Karl Kurz in 1933.

When is the absolute best time to pay a visit to the Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit? That’s a tough one.

It could quite possibly be on Friday and Saturday nights, when the rafters shake with the sounds of diners belting traditional German tunes, backed by a live band or piano; or maybe it’s during the restaurant’s annual spring Maifest celebration, when Weissbier flows freely amid impromptu conga lines. It could even be in the summer, when the Inn hosts a chili cook-off in the backyard biergarten.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[11 Most Endangered] Mokauikaua Church in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Credit: David Casteel
Mokuaikaua Church was built in 1837 by Hawaii's first Christian missionaries. 

The ohia wood rafters in the sanctuary of the Mokauikaua Church in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, have been sheltering worshipers since 1837, when King Kamehameha II gave Hawaii's first Christian missionaries his blessing to build the structure just a stone's throw from the ocean.

Mokauikaua -- 177 years later -- has become immeasurably valuable in not only giving residents of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island a beautiful place to meet and worship, but also in helping to tell the state’s unique story. Pastor David de Carvalho, the 31st to serve at the church, estimates that it welcomes about 400 people every Sunday, an even split of regulars and tourists eager to experience a service in the Aloha State's oldest house of worship.

That’s why, in light of structural damage from a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in 2006 and a slew of problems due to typical wear-and-tear in Hawaii's tropical climate, the National Trust decided to grant the church a place on its 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.