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In this round of our historic bars series, we travel to the American frontier of Alaska to a little spit of land to take a look at the Salty Dawg Saloon.

Credit: Cissy Rockett, Salty Dawg Saloon
The log cabin that houses the Salty Dawg was built in 1897. 

If you’ve never been to the Homer Spit, off Homer, Alaska, or heard of a drink called a Duck Fart, you might need to make tracks for the historic Salty Dawg Saloon. Housed in a 117-year-old cabin that has served the town in various capacities as a railroad station, grocery store, and post office, the Salty Dawg, which opened in 1957, is beloved by tourists and locals alike.
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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.

Preserving an Artistic Legacy at Guerneville, Calif.’s Pond Farm

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

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The barn at Pond Farm served as a teaching space and studio for renowned ceramics artist Marguerite Wildenhain.

Students learn by doing. That’s the philosophy that midcentury artist Marguerite Wildenhain used in her ceramics workshops at art schools all over the country, and especially at her home studio of Pond Farm in northern California. Wildenhain was known for never allowing her students to keep a pot, insisting that the learning was in the process, not the finished piece.

“They were learning steps -- like the ABCs,” says Dorothy Herger, 89, an artist and former student of Wildenhain’s, of her approach to students’ work. “They weren’t there to clutter your life.”

A new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, titled "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," highlights the work of Wildenhain and other Jewish Midcentury Modern artists and designers, featuring furniture, textiles, architecture and handcrafted objects, and putting both the artists and their work in the context of the larger movement.... 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.

Powerhouse Project Re-energizes Beloit College Campus

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Credit: Robin Zebrowski, Flickr
Beloit College, founded in 1846 by Yale University alumnus Aaron Lucius Chapin, is the oldest continuously operated college in Wisconsin.

We Beloiters -- students and alumni of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisc. --  love history. It’s inescapable. From the Pearsons Hall student center designed by Daniel Burnham -- architect of the Flatiron Building in New York, Union Station in Washington, D.C., and much of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair -- to Wisconsin Historical Landmark Middle College, our rich heritage is as much a part of our identity as our campus-wide love of New Glarus beer and Ultimate Frisbee.

That’s why a new adaptive reuse project at Beloit, which proposes to convert an early-1900s power generating station on the adjacent Rock River into a state-of-the-art campus center, is receiving so much enthusiasm from students, alumni, and community members.... 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.

[PHOTOS] Lost Relics of the 1964-65 World’s Fair

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Credit: Bill Cotter
The Eastman Kodak pavilion during the demolition process in the years following the 1964-65 World's Fair in Queens, N.Y.

What happens to a building that is no longer standing?

Sure, we know that the physical space that the structure once occupied is cleared, and that the debris gets carted away. But how do we remember a built space that we can no longer access, or that no longer exists? For many visitors at the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, N.Y., their memories only live on through souvenirs, photographs, and stories. Almost all of the fair’s roughly 150 pavilions are gone.

Below, we highlight popular 1964-65 World’s Fair sites that were either moved or demolished, or both.... 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.

Grand Canyon’s Hermit’s Rest and Lookout Studio Turn 100

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 3 Comments

 

Credit: Xanterra South Rim
Lookout Studio is located on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and offers breathtaking views for photographers to take advantage of.

A hundred years ago, the Wild West was growing tamer by the day. Starting in the late 19th century, for the first time in American history, curious East Coasters could take a trip through the region’s exotic landscapes for the price of a train ticket. A brand-new hospitality industry quickly sprang up to accommodate them -- and that’s where two rustic buildings designed by pioneering architect Mary Colter come 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.

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.