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A Prized Restoration: Saving Cincinnati's Pulitzer/Rauh House

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 1 Comment

 

This International Style house was built in 1938 by Cincinnati architect John Becker for prominent insurance agent Frederick Rauh and his family. Credit: Jeffrey Jakucyk - Architects Plus
This International Style house was built in 1938 by Cincinnati architect John Becker for prominent insurance agent Frederick Rauh and his family.

In the March/April 2012 issue of Preservation magazine, we featured the inspiring story of Cincinnati’s 1938 Pulitzer House, a once-grand International Style home that was slated for demolition after suffering decades of neglect. Emily Rauh Pulitzer, the co-founder of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts with her late husband, former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Joseph Pulitzer Jr., purchased the house in 2011 after she was contacted by local preservationists trying to save the structure.

Rauh Pulitzer grew up in the home, which was commissioned by her father. After paying to stabilize the historic house, the 79-year-old philanthropist donated it to the Cincinnati Preservation Association, along with the funds needed to complete a thorough, historically accurate restoration. It now looks almost exactly the way it did when she was a girl, with the added bonus of modern amenities like insulated glass windows and up-to-date electric and plumbing systems.... 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.

 

Tenants in the Rice Mill Lofts are prohibited from altering the building’s original graffiti. Credit: Studio WTA Architects
Tenants in the Rice Mill Lofts are prohibited from altering the building’s original graffiti.

If you’ve ever longed to make your home in a century-old industrial rice mill amid preserved graffiti and masonry brick walls, New Orleans’ Rice Mill Lofts might be the perfect place for 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.

A Young Crew Puts a Restoration on Ice in Lake Superior

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 1 Comment

 

From left to right: Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa members Nick Cox, Nai Yang, Christina Schaufler, Emily Miller, and Isac Kautto in front of the West Bay Lodge. Credit: The Corps Network
Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa members Nick Cox, Nai Yang, Christina Schaufler, Emily Miller, and Isac Kautto in front of the West Bay Lodge.

When Midwestern architect Charles Buechner designed West Bay Lodge on remote Sand Island in 1912 as a vacation home, necessity dictated that he include an icehouse in his plans. The wooden structure, constructed right on the shore of Lake Superior, still stands as a relic of pre-refrigeration days. But decades of harsh winds and heavy snow took their toll.

“It was an original building, built along with the lodge,” explains Jeff Peters, whose family has cared for the property, located within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore off the coast of northern Wisconsin, for the last 50 years. “It’s important to keep that story alive, and the way to tell that story is to have the icehouse still standing.”... 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.

Baltimore's Senator Theatre Restored to Full Art Deco Glory

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 1 Comment

 

The Senator’s exterior post-restoration, ready for opening night. Credit: Senator Theatre
The Senator’s exterior post-restoration, ready for opening night.

The 1939 Senator Theatre holds a beloved spot in the hearts of Baltimoreans. Just ask co-owner Kathleen Cusack Lyon.

“Everyone has some sort of memory of the theater,” she says. “Everyone went to see It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas there, went on a first date there, met their husband or wife of 50 years there. Everyone has a story.”

That’s why, when Lyon and her father, James “Buzz” Cusack, bought the Art Deco Senator from the city of Baltimore in 2012, they knew they had to fix the movie theater’s leaky roof and bring it back to its former pre-war glory.... 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.

New Orleans' Saenger Theatre Weathers the Storm

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 3 Comments

 

A view of the theater’s interior, circa 1930. Credit: ACE Theatrical Group
A view of the theater’s interior, circa 1930.

New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, located on historic Canal Street in the French Quarter, has been a beloved landmark since it opened as a movie palace in 1927. With an interior styled to look like a 15th-century Italian courtyard and a ceiling painted to emulate the night sky, the theater’s design embodied New Orleans’, and America’s, last flush of prosperity before the Great Depression.

The theater was converted to a performing arts space in the 1970s, hosting acts such as Johnny Carson, David Bowie, and Bill Cosby. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused massive water damage to the Saenger’s interior. After a push and strong show of interest from the local community, followed by an eight-year restoration, the venue is undergoing a grand reopening this weekend.... 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.