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Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

HOPE Crew at Woodlawn. Credit: John Boal
HOPE Crew at Woodlawn

During her recent speech "Towards a More Perfect Union: Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation" at Hampton University, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks shared the preservation movement’s challenge to become more inclusive and highlighted the National Trust’s work to protect and preserve diverse historic places such as Fort Monroe, Joe Frazier’s Gym, and Rosenwald Schools.

The National Trust is committed to protecting sites that represent the full breadth of our American history, but cannot do it alone. That’s where you come in! We need your help to craft a vision for engaging a more diverse community in preservation, and invite you to share your ideas below.

Additionally, if you know of a diverse site that could use the National Trust’s help, let us know -- we want to hear from you! And check out our book on Preserving African-American Historic Places to learn how you can save a place.

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.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Whitney Studio: Haven and Legacy for Early 20th-Century American Art

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Facade, New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street, NYC.
Facade, New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street, New York City

A female born in the late 19th century with the prestigious name Vanderbilt was expected to take her place at the center of Victorian high society, devoting her life to lavish parties and charitable works. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney instead became the center of a world of her own creation -- as a sculptor, arts patron, and cultivator of audiences for American artists at her New York City studio in Greenwich Village’s MacDougal Alley.

Today the studio is owned by The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Recently designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, work is underway to restore the studio to its original appearance and to share the many stories held within the walls of this National Historic Landmark.... 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.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

New Art, Old Places: Four Examples of Inspiration Amplified

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

Written by Katherine Malone-France, Vice President for Historic Sites

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Luftwerk at Farnsworth House

In his Why Old Places Matter series, Tom Mayes has written eloquently about the relationship between creativity and old places, a connection on vivid display at National Trust Historic Sites across the country. Right now, four of our sites have dramatic new installations that push the boundaries of their interpretations while being powerfully linked to their histories.... 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.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

[Update] Time is Running Out to Save RCA Studio A in Nashville

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

A crowd gathers at RCA Studio A for the unveiling of Historic Nashville’s Nashville Nine. Credit: Robbie Jones
A crowd gathers at RCA Studio A for the unveiling of Historic Nashville’s Nashville Nine.

As the new owner of RCA Studio A readies demolition plans to make way for condominiums and a restaurant on Nashville’s famed Music Row, supporters, including acclaimed singer-songwriter Ben Folds, “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe, award-winning songwriter Trey Bruce, and groups including Historic Nashville and Save Studio A, are rallying to save the historic studio.... 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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Update: Colonial Williamsburg Landmark Carter’s Grove Sold

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 12 Comments

 

The stately 1755 mansion is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States.
The view of the Georgian-style mansion, completed in 1755, from the James River.

Late last week we were informed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation that it has successfully sold Carter’s Grove Plantation, a National Historic Landmark located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The estate was sold to a group formed by well-known preservationist Samuel M. Mencoff.

When we last visited Carter's Grove in 2012, it was privately owned and undergoing various repairs for interior maintenance issues that had been deferred. Below is a press release from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which outlines the next chapter in the rich history of Carter’s Grove.

Colonial Williamsburg Announces Sale of Carter’s Grove Plantation

National historic landmark protected in perpetuity by conservation easement; new owner to assure preservation in close collaboration with the Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – On Sept. 11 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation sold Carter’s Grove Plantation, including the Georgian-style mansion and 400 acres of land that are subject to a conservation easement, as well as an additional 76 acres adjoining the property. The buyer is Carter’s Grove Associates LLC, a Delaware limited liability company formed by Samuel M. Mencoff, a well-respected preservationist from Chicago who has restored properties in the Midwest and in Newport, Rhode Island.

The conservation easement, which was placed on the property in 2007, is co-held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The easement protects the site’s historic, architectural, visual, archaeological and environmental resources in perpetuity.

Colonial Williamsburg recently regained ownership of Carter’s Grove at the conclusion of the bankruptcy filed in 2011 by the limited liability company that acquired the property in 2007. Working with the court-appointed trustee during the bankruptcy process, the Foundation funded and oversaw repairs to the mansion that restored it to its previous condition.

The Carter’s Grove Plantation site, located on the James River eight miles southeast of Williamsburg, is a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register. The mansion is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country.

“Sam Mencoff is superbly qualified to be the steward of this important property,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “His commitment to historic preservation, demonstrated through his completion of a number of important restoration projects, is well known in the preservation community.”

“Carter’s Grove is a treasure, in many ways chronicling the history of the New World,” said Mr. Mencoff. “My family and I are honored to embrace the stewardship of this remarkable place, fully recognizing the privilege it is and the responsibility it confers. My team and I look forward to working closely with Colonial Williamsburg to preserve this important piece of our national heritage for generations to come.”

Media contact:

Joe Straw
757-220-7287
jstraw@cwf.org

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.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.