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In 1956, Finley brought his case for saving the historic Patent Office Building in downtown D.C. before President Eisenhower. He was successful, and today the building houses the National Portrait Gallery. Credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gallery Archives.
In 1956, Finley brought his case for saving the historic Patent Office Building in downtown D.C. before President Eisenhower. He was successful, and today the building houses the National Portrait Gallery.

The Monuments Men” tells a true-life story of wartime brotherhood and the search for stolen art in WWII-era Europe. But behind the gallantry brought to life by George Clooney and Matt Damon was the work of a quieter hero -- one so quiet, he doesn’t even have a role in the film.... 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.

 

The library and accompanying saucer were built in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy, Jr. Credit: Michael Gannon, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The library and accompanying saucer were built in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy, Jr.

The flying saucer hovering above the doorway of the public library in Hyattsville, Md., is meant to look futuristic, a poured-concrete ode to the Space Race and America’s midcentury fascination with all things extraterrestrial.

Inside, though, the 1964 building is notably dated. “There’s no technology infrastructure,” explains Michael Gannon, associate director for support services at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. “There are very few electrical outlets, and it’s also barely ADA compliant.” He adds that the windows in the building had to be bolted shut after they frequently slid open by themselves.

Although plans to replace the low-slung, brick modernist building with a brand-new structure are underway, a small but vocal Hyattsville group has spoken out in favor of preserving the approximately 20-foot tall glass and concrete saucer, as well as the library as a whole. The “Save Our Saucer” campaign has garnered more than 500 Facebook “likes,” and while the tone on the page is humorous and lighthearted, giving “Saucer” a personality (a post from last August features the cover of “The Flying Saucer Mystery,” a Nancy Drew novel, while the caption reads “What Saucer read over the weekend”), it’s clear that the space-age relic holds a cherished place in the hearts of longtime Hyattsville residents.... 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 Touro Synagogue Celebrates 250 Years of Religious Freedom

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 2 Comments

 

Touro Synagogue was originally built in 1763. Credit: dbking, Flickr
Touro Synagogue was originally built in 1763.

Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the country, celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2013. Festivities included the reading of a letter written to the synagogue’s original congregation by George Washington and a visit from Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.... 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.

Meet Phoenix's Modern Maven: Aspire Award Winner Alison King

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Alison King, 2013 Aspire Award Winner, in action in Phoenix. Credit: Alison King
Alison King, 2013 Aspire Award Winner, in action in Phoenix.

When asked how she got involved in preservation in Phoenix, Ariz., Alison King laughs and says, “Well, not on purpose.”

King, the winner of the 2013 American Express Aspire Award for her work with the Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network and ModernPhoenix.net, has spent much of the last decade documenting and building a network around modern architecture in the city.

“When I moved back to Phoenix after being away for 10 years, I was interested in finding out what my lifestyle would be like,” King, who was born in nearby Scottsdale, says. As she and her husband explored the city and surrounding neighborhoods, King’s background in design and art history drew her attention to the unique design of many of the structures. As she started to delve deeper into Phoenix’s architectural back story, she realized that most of the buildings that had captured her interest had no historic preservation protections.... 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.

 

The Olga Strawberry Plant was originally built as a strawberry barreling facility in 1937. (Photo taken before fire.)  Credit: Patsy Stephens, Olga Strawberry Council
The Olga Strawberry Plant was originally built as a strawberry barreling facility in 1937. (Photo taken before fire.)

Patsy Stephens describes Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state, as a place where no one locks their front door. That’s why, when the historic Orcas Island Artworks caught fire as a result of suspected arson in July 2013, it sent shock waves through the small, tight-knit Orcas Island community of Olga.... 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.