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Artist Bill Warren hand paints the lettering on a window at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery.

There’s a renaissance happening in the small town of Water Valley, Miss., as you read in the Spring 2014 issue of Preservation magazine.

Long-vacant storefronts are now teeming with life. Residents and visitors spend afternoons and evenings on Main Street, grabbing a sandwich at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery, a new market and eatery started by a local couple in a 140-year-old brick building; snacking on ice cream at Turnage Drug Store, a 109-year-old family-owned Water Valley institution; or perusing the latest shows at Bozarts Gallery or Yalo Studio, two new galleries in storefronts dating to the 1840s and 1910, respectively.

But it’s not just the newly renovated buildings that have brought vigor to Water Valley. A major part of the town’s revival comes from the beautiful, hand-painted signs lining Main Street, welcoming shoppers to stores and creating a unique visual identity for the town.... 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.

 

If we may offer our two cents, finding your next meal in an old bank-turned-restaurant is a worthy investment. We're putting the spotlight on three such dining spots in our Preservation Spring 2014 issue: B.A.N.K. in Minneapolis, located in the c. 1900 building of a former Farmers and Mechanics Bank; Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, Iowa, in the building that opened in 1920 as Ladora Savings Bank; and Tender Bar + Kitchen in Pittsburgh, a cocktail lounge inside the 1883 Arsenal Bank Building.

And way back in our Spring 2013 issue, you read about The Bedford in Chicago, a chic cocktail lounge and restaurant in the 1925 Classical Revival-style Home Bank and Trust Company building.

But that’s just the beginning. We searched the country and found plenty of other eateries in old banks sure to delight hungry preservationists -- we bet our bottom dollar on 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.

From Fire House to Office Space: Boston’s Eustis Street Fire House

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

Historic Boston, Inc., restored the 1859 Eustis Street Fire House, now a LEED Silver-certified building. Credit: Historic Boston
Historic Boston, Inc., restored the 1859 Eustis Street Fire House, now a LEED Silver-certified building.

When your office is located in an old firehouse, chances are you’re going to get a lot of questions about the fire pole.

Sadly, Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston, Inc., must inform those curious about her nonprofit organization’s new office that the original fire pole in the 1859 Eustis Street Fire House is long gone.

But pole or no pole, the firehouse -- the oldest remaining firehouse in Boston -- is today a vibrant 21st-century office space, thanks to the efforts of Historic Boston, Inc., a preservation group that fully restored the structure back in 2011.... 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.

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 →

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.

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.