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Racing to Save Japanese-American History at Historic Wintersburg Village

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and manse (parsonage), with congregation, in March 1910. Credit: Wintersburg Presbyterian Church
Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and manse (parsonage), with congregation, in March 1910

Six early-20th-century buildings on a five-acre parcel of land known as Historic Wintersburg Village in Huntington Beach, Calif., tell the story of early Japanese immigrant life in the United States -- and local preservationists are racing against the clock to save the structures from demolition.... Read More →

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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.

Community Rallies to Restore 400-Year-Old St. Augustine Mission

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

Earliest known photo of St. Augustine Mission, c. 1867. Credit: Bell, William A., courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), negative 012321
Earliest known photo of St. Augustine Mission, c. 1867.

As it approached its 400th year, St. Augustine Mission in the Pueblo of Isleta, 15 miles south of Albuquerque, N.M., was showing its age.

Built in 1613 by local masons and craftsmen, the adobe church, which for generations has been a place of worship and a community gathering space, as well as a popular tourist attraction, is one of the oldest and largest Spanish missions in New Mexico and a striking example of local Puebloan architecture.

“We’re very proud to have this church, with this significance in America’s history,” says Alan Cherino, a longtime member of the church.

When community members at the Pueblo of Isleta formed a restoration committee in 2004, Frank Lujan, then-governor of Isleta, had one demand: to make the mission, which had been well maintained throughout its life, look just as it did on the day restoration began.... 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.

Firehouse Restaurants Coast to Coast

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 3 Comments

 

Engine Co. No. 28 (exterior), Los Angeles. Credit: Engine Co. No. 28
Engine Co. No. 28, Los Angeles

You'll read about three old firehouses-turned-restaurants in our Winter 2014 issue -- Sixth Engine in Washington, D.C., Hose 22 Firehouse Grill in Rochester, N.Y., and Chicago Firehouse in Chicago. But there are so many more. We scoured the country coast to coast to find some other amazing firehouse renovation projects offering diners top-notch meals with a smoking side of history.... 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.

[Interview] A Conversation with Home Renovation Expert Bob Vila

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Lauren Walser 3 Comments

 

Bob Vila (center) at work on Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Bob Vila

We only had the space to print a snippet of the wisdom Bob Vila shared with Preservation magazine in our upcoming Winter 2014 issue, but we know you’re eager to read more. Read on for the full transcript of our interview with the star of This Old House and Bob Vila’s Home Again.

You can visit BobVila.com to learn even more. We suggest exploring his popular “How To Center” and watching his online series Building Green.... 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.

 

The first Discover SF! students in front of the “Painted Ladies” at San Francisco’s Alamo Square. Credit: San Francisco Heritage
The first Discover SF! students in front of the “Painted Ladies” at San Francisco’s Alamo Square.

Pencils raised, a group of 25 middle school students set to work sketching San Francisco’s 1898 Ferry Building, paying close attention to the waterfront structure’s Beaux Arts details.

A week later, the budding architectural historians traveled to the city’s iconic Alamo Square, where they conducted an architectural survey of the row of Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies.

The students, all from the Galing Bata After School Program at San Francisco’s Filipino Education Center, were a part of Discover SF! Summer Camp in Heritage Conservation, a pilot program launched this past summer by nonprofit San Francisco Heritage. Coordinated by Desiree Smith, the organization’s preservation project manager, with the help of a number of local nonprofits and professionals, Discover SF! took students to more than a dozen historic sites around San Francisco to learn more about the city’s architectural and cultural heritage, with an emphasis on its Filipino-American history.... 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.