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First HOPE Crew Project Revitalizes 75-Year-Old Stable

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by Lauren Walser 3 Comments

 

Credit: Susana Raab
Members of the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia helped rehabilitate the Skyland Stable, built in 1939, at Shenandoah National Park earlier this year as part of the National Trust's HOPE Crew initiative.

When a crew of young members of the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia arrived at Shenandoah National Park’s Skyland Stable back in March, they knew plenty about construction, but not much about historic preservation.

Less than three months later, however, the once-dilapidated stable looked much as it did when it was built in 1939, thanks to the young corpsmembers who trained alongside preservation professionals to conduct a large-scale rehabilitation of the property.
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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

Credit: J. J. Lamb, Vail Preservation Society
Students in Cienega High School’s construction technology course learn preservation trade skills at the 1915 section foreman house.

It’s the sound of a train whistle -- not a school bell -- that will alert students to the end of the school day at Esmond Station K-8 in Vail, Ariz. With details like that, the new railroad-themed school, set to be completed this summer, is taking its design cues from the town’s rich railroad history.

But the biggest nod to history lies in the 1915 railroad foreman’s house on the campus. And that foreman’s house, in merging the old with the new, has sparked a partnership between the Vail School District and the Vail Preservation Society, which have worked together to create a hands-on learning laboratory for students throughout the district.... 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.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

You might not know it, but preservation has a party side -- and it's on full display at legacy bars across the country. In our new Historic Bars series, we'll belly up to the places that only locals usually know about and introduce their favorite haunts to all our readers.

Look for a different theme each month, and don't forget to tell us about your preferred watering hole. Now, without further adieu, let's kick off our first theme: neighborhood and dive bars!

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Bartender Ed is known for his personable and easygoing attitude, not to mention his strong drinks and the occasional free shot of Jaeger.

It’s hard not to notice the Gangway. Just walk down Larkin Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and look for the big white ship projecting from a storefront.

Behind that ship is one of the city’s oldest gay bars with a rich history of activism -- and, as regulars attest, a laid-back, home-away-from-home atmosphere with stiff drinks, to boot.... 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.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

Credit: MarkSweep, Wikimedia Commons
Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave, is one of the most influential abolitionists in American history. His home in Anacostia, D.C., Cedar Hill, has undergone a series of renovations.

In 1917, readers of The Crisis magazine, the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), would have come across a powerful call to action, written by one Mrs. Mary B. Talbert.

Talbert, an educator, civil rights activist, and then-president of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC) had turned her eyes to Cedar Hill, the Washington, D.C., home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.... 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.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

City Unites to Save Berkeley’s Downtown Post Office

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 


The main office of the U.S. Postal Service in Berkeley, Calif., is an Italianate building constructed in the early 1900s.

Sometimes, you don’t know what you have until it’s almost gone.

That’s what Berkeley, Calif., resident Mike Lonergan realized back in June 2012 when the United States Postal Service announced the closure of the city’s main post office downtown, and sale of the landmark building appeared imminent.

“I had been in that building many, many times, but I never paid much attention to it,” Lonergan says. “You take so much for granted until you almost lose it.”... 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.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.