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100 Years Young: New York City’s Centennial Buildings

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 4 Comments

 

Grand Central Terminal. Credit: Definitive HDR Photography, Flickr.
Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal turned 100 this past February, kicking off a year-long centennial celebration complete with throwback prices for cups of coffee and shoe shining services (5 and 10 cents, respectively,) as well as live music, speakers like Caroline Kennedy, and a Transit Museum exhibit titled “Grand By Design” recounting the terminal’s storied history.

Below, we highlight five other New York buildings that have reached, or will soon reach, the 100-year mark in style.... 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.

[Slideshow] Mad About Modern: Charlotte's Mid-Century Modern Gems

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

Benita. Built in 1964, this house contains rosewood doorknobs on the interior doors, paneled walls and slate flooring. Credit: Cameron Triggs/Triggs Photography.
Benita. Built in 1964, this house contains rosewood doorknobs on the interior doors, paneled walls and slate flooring.

Historic Charlotte hosted the third Mad About Modern home tour this past May, featuring eight homes that showcase the best mid-century modern design the city’s neighborhoods have to offer. From '50s atomic ranch-style houses to '60s tri-levels, the tour aims to raise awareness of Charlotte’s wealth of modernist architecture, as well as make the most of the interest in the style generated by AMC’s hit show Mad Men.... 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 Threatened American Legacy at Hinchliffe Stadium

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

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Hinchliffe Stadium was built in 1932 and has been closed since 1997.

Brian LoPinto loves the story of how, when a journalist asked the Great Bambino what he thought of Negro Leagues player Josh Gibson being called the “black Babe Ruth,” Ruth replied, “I’m the white Josh Gibson.”

Gibson was just one of the legendary players to take the field at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, N.J. as a member of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, playing Hinchliffe's home team the New York Black Yankees. Today, however, the great legacy of professional African-American athletes at Hinchliffe Stadium in America's Jim Crow era is threatened by crumbling walls, splashes of graffiti, and general disrepair.... 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.

Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford's "Architecture of Seduction"

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

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Modernist architect Horace Gifford designed many houses in New York's Fire Island, a gay summer vacation spot.

New York’s Fire Island, a sliver of land flanking Long Island’s south shore, has long been known to come alive in the summer as a vivacious gay vacation spot. The flip-side of this identity is the island’s reputation for breathtaking natural beauty, and both served as an inspiration to modernist architect Horace Gifford in the 1960s.

Gifford designed and built 63 homes on the island in total, embracing cedar and glass as his materials, as well as high ceilings and lots of natural light. Christopher Rawlins, architect and author of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction, a new book exploring Gifford’s life and work, uses the latter phrase to describe Gifford's Fire Island aesthetic. ... 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.

Jack White Lends A Hand To Detroit's Masonic Temple

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 10 Comments

 

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A close-up of the intricate stone work on the temple’s façade.

Detroit’s neo-gothic Masonic Temple towers over the Cass Corridor, a midtown stretch containing two historic districts and some of the city’s most striking design. The temple is the largest of its kind in the world, standing as a testament to the teeming behemoth of a city that Detroit once was, and its resilience in the face of economic fallout and population decline in more recent years.... 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.