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[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 →

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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.

 

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.

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 →

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.

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.