“The African-American experience has always been told,” says Reverend Arnold Townsend, vice president of the NAACP San Francisco chapter. “In the bookstore, it never dies because it’s in print.”
The Houston Astrodome opened in 1965 with an exhibition game: Houston Astros versus New York Yankees. The crowd surely went wild. Houstonians claimed the ballpark the “eighth wonder of the world.”
Yet decades later, the seats are empty. No crowds. No sports. The Astrodome, named on our 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, faces potential demolition. But there’s new hope for one of the nation’s most spectacular ballparks.... Read More →
I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese: the biggest names in modern architecture -- all in the middle of Indiana? Yes, amid the Midwestern plains, Columbus, Indiana stands as a gleaming beacon for modern architecture. The city ranks sixth in the U.S. for architectural importance, according to The American Institute of Architects, just behind cities like Chicago, New York, and Boston.
This fall, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing our annual preservation conference to Indianapolis -- and Saturday, November 2 will be "Columbus Day," full of field sessions to provide a modern architecture fix.... Read More →
While in college, Zach Schonfeld had a quarter-life crisis. So, the 22-year-old decided to roadtrip across the country and see where U.S. presidents were born.
In the summer of 2011, he set off to blog about the local stories behind the national myths, from Jimmy Carter to Andrew Jackson to Ronald Reagan. The result: I Visit Presidential Birthplaces, a project funded by The History Channel and Wesleyan University, where Schonfeld studied English.
They were literally building the American dream.
In the late 1940s, soldiers returning from World War II dreamed of the idyllic life: a happy family, a lovely suburban home. But the post-war period instead brought a housing crisis. In response, Lustron promised a dream house -- signed, sealed, delivered.
An innovative solution by Chicago industrialist Carl Strandlund, the Lustron house is made of prefabricated porcelain enameled steel, shipped and put together wherever you wanted -- an IKEA home, if you will. Inside, families could sit around a built-in, glossy-surfaced table, eating home-cooked dinners in cozy domestic bliss.
As Strandlund advertised, “What Lustron offers is a new way of life.”... Read More →