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Lost: Univision Building Demolished in San Antonio

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

Demolition of the Univision building continued last week to make way for a $55 million, 350-unit housing development. Credit: Sylvia Gonzalez
Demolition of the Univision building continued last week to make way for a $55 million, 350-unit housing development.

Residents of San Antonio watched last week as the 1955 Univision building fell to the wrecking ball, despite a long, hard battle fought by the city’s preservationists and activists to save it.... 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.

Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins: Halloween Thrills at National Treasures

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

Lyndhurst entryway at Halloween. Credit: Krystyn Silver
Lyndhurst entryway at Halloween

Creaking stairs, mysterious drafts, and flickering lights are year-round attractions at most historic houses. And there’s no better time than Halloween to celebrate those things that make chills run down your spine.

This year, three of the National Trust's former and current National Treasures sites -- Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, N.Y.; the Village of Zoar in Zoar, Ohio; and Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco -- are going all-out for the spookiest time of year, presenting Halloween-inspired tours and sharing stories sure to raise a few goosebumps.... 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 c. 1829 building became known as the Trojan Hotel in 1915. Credit: Terry and Donald O'Brien
The c. 1829 building became known as the Trojan Hotel in 1915.

When Donald and Terry O’Brien were looking for a new location for O’Briens Public House, their nearly 2-year-old family-run restaurant, a 184-year-old building in downtown Troy, N.Y., caught their eyes.

“My heart was set on the building, because it has so much history,” Terry O’Brien says.

Built c. 1829, the building on Third Street served variously as a stable and livery, bar, hotel, photography unit, and residence (most notably for the Reverend William Irvin, a prominent local resident). From 1897, it served as the Windsor Café and was converted to the Windsor Hotel in 1896.

But it is best known for its years operating as the Trojan Hotel, a name it took on in 1915.... 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] Former First Lady Laura Bush's Vision for Historic Preservation

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

Laura W. Bush, former First Lady. Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Laura W. Bush, former First Lady

When I spoke with Laura Bush for the Fall 2013 issue of Preservation, she told us quite a lot about her lifelong interest in history and her commitment to preserving America’s historic sites as First Lady of Texas and later during her eight years in the White House.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t include it all in the space we had -- but we also couldn’t deny our readers from learning all she had to share. So we’ve included an expanded version of our interview here, for your reading pleasure.... 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.

See the Unseen: Amazing 3-D Views of Historic Churches and Theaters

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

Reconstructed Chapter House. Vina, California. (2013)

For the past two years, San Francisco-based designer Scott Page has been taking his 11-lb. 3-D laser scanner into historic churches and theaters all around the Bay Area, including Bernard Maybeck’s First Church of Christ, Scientist in Berkeley and the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, collecting point clouds of data and photographic images to quickly and accurately map every detail of a building’s interior, down to each visible beam and pipe.

“[Scanning] allows you to visualize buildings in ways you couldn’t see them before,” Page says. “You can really get to places where you couldn’t before, even just five years ago.”... 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.