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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 →

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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.

An Extended Stay for Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

Century Plaza Hotel. Credit: Andrew Hara
Exterior of the celebrated Century Plaza Hotel

Los Angeles' sweeping, 19-story Century Plaza Hotel hails from a era of Golden Age Hollywood luxury, when Elizabeth Taylor was paid the modern equivalent of $53 million to appear in the title role of the 1963 film Cleopatra.

While the film was a box-office hit, its gigantic budget nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox, prompting them to sell a 180-acre backlot to a developer to make some fast cash. That land is now Century City, home to the lavish headquarters of entertainment companies and A-list law firms, as well as the Century Plaza Hotel.... 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.

Beloved WPA-Built Public Pool at the University of New Hampshire is Threatened

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

The pool has provided a place for community members to cool off for 75 years. Credit: Kenny Rotner, FUNHOP
The pool has provided a place for community members to cool off for 75 years.

“Magical” is how Kenny Rotner, a Durham, N.H. resident for 27 years, describes the outdoor pool at the University of New Hampshire. Built in 1938 by Civilian Conservation Corps workers and funded by the WPA, the roughly 44,000-square-foot body of water is one of the oldest public pools in the nation. With a floor of quarried local granite flecked with green and silver, the space has served as a one-of-a-kind spot for swimming lessons, socializing and summer fun for generations.

Recent concerns about whether the pool adheres to modern safety standards, however, have caused the University of New Hampshire to announce possible plans to dismantle it, pitting preservationists and community members against the UNH administration.... 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.

Saving Colonel Charles Young's Historic Birthplace in Mays Lick, Ky.

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

Colonel Charles Young was born in this cabin in May’s Lick, Ky., in 1864. Credit: Bill Macintire, Kentucky Heritage Council

The cabin doesn’t look like much. Tucked into a stand of trees and covered in vines, its log walls and stone chimney slightly off-kilter, the neglected building has sat empty for years. But its humble appearance belies a big slice of history: In 1864 it served as the birthplace of Charles Young, an African-American colonel who fought discrimination to build a remarkable military career.... 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.

 

Daniel Chester French was born in 1850 and was hailed as the “Dean of American Sculpture” during his lifetime. One of his first works was a bust of prominent Concord intellectual Ralph Waldo Emerson, cast here in bronze. (He also completed plaster and marble casts.) Credit: Concord Museum
Daniel Chester French was born in 1850 and was hailed as the “Dean of American Sculpture” during his lifetime. One of his first works was a bust of prominent Concord intellectual Ralph Waldo Emerson, cast here in bronze.

“All over the landscape, but kind of invisible.” That’s how Concord Museum curator David Wood describes sculptor Daniel Chester French, possibly the most famous artist you may never have heard of.... 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.