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[Travel] Discover the History of NYC’s Meatpacking District In 24 Hours

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

By Jeana C. Wiser

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The Meatpacking District in New York City is a must-see neighborhood that provides an unique opportunity to explore an old place experiencing rapid change in a hyper-urban context.

When I first moved to NYC, one of the neighborhoods I was immediately charmed by was the Meatpacking District. With its original cobblestone streets (to be more specific, they are technically called Belgian Blocks) and historic buildings, the place teemed with magnetic energy, magic, style, and charm.

This is a place where people want to be -- locals and visitors, alike -- so much so that I would be remiss to not mention that this neighborhood is also one experiencing some of the most intense development pressures, and therefore, skyrocketing rents (the ever-present, double-edged sword of an evolving and vibrant neighborhood).

Despite its popularity and never-ending weekend crowds, this neighborhood is a must-see. It’s a 20-square-block, 24-hour neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan, flanked by Chelsea Market to the north and Horatio Street to the south. For preservationists and others who feel drawn to places rich in layered histories, the Meatpacking District provides a unique opportunity to engage in the tangible and intangible exploration of an old place experiencing rapid change, in a hyper-urban context.... Read More →

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[Photos] Explore the Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

By Kirsten Hower

Encompassing nearly eight thousand square miles, the Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah are home to a diverse array of sites sacred to the Navajo, Hopi, Pueblo, and Ute tribes. Throughout the area are archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and trails that are a visual narrative dedicated to twelve thousand years of human history and traditions.

Explore that narrative in our latest Exposure with stunning images from these ancestral places.


Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah by National Trust for Historic Preservation on Exposure

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[Video] A Project of Stewardship in Savannah

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

By Elizabeth Byrd Wood, Senior Content Manager, Preservation Leadership Forum

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Giselle Rahn and her fiancé Matt in front of the Savannah house they are rehabbing.

Most stories about renovating an old house have to do with crumbling plaster and rotting sills. But when Giselle Rahn and her boyfriend took on the restoration of a 110-year-old house in Savannah, they soon recognized that they also faced complex issues involving social and economic status and racial disparity.... Read More →

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Weekend Reads from USA Today, The Boston Globe, and More

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

By Tim Mikulski

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week. This week we’ve rounded up stories on a few of our National Treasures, one of our historic sites, and our HOPE Crew initiative.

Nantucket Lightship. Credit: Johnathneric - On & Off/ Off & On, Flickr

“A 79-year-old floating lighthouse that once illuminated the passage for ships through the choppy waters of the Nantucket Shoals will shine its powerful main beacon this summer for the first time in 40 years. The owners of the Nantucket Lightship LV-112, the oldest ship of its kind and the largest ever built in the United States, will flip the switch on the ship’s beacon Aug. 7.” – The Boston Globe: Historic lightship to shine for first time since 1975

“The goal of the program, called HOPE Crew by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is to train youngsters on restoration skills. In Prince William Forest they are repairing windows and masonry at some of the cabins in the camping areas...’ The goal of the program is to engage young people in their National Parks that are close to them. We work on a lot of different scales on a lot of different projects, but at the end of the day it’s all historic preservation,’ said Monica Rhodes, associate director of HOPE Crew.” – NBC-4 TV Washington: HOPE Crew’s Forest Fix-Ups in Prince William County

“The New York State Pavilion was built by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World's Fair and subsequently abandoned to time. And though the fate of the famous structure was once in doubt, it is now definitely on the way to being saved and rebuilt... The Tent of Tomorrow was opened to the public for the first time in years at the 50th anniversary of the fair last spring. Now, the walls of the tent have been restored and this spring the crowd-funded New York State Pavilion Paint Project began to repaint the Pavilion's exterior ‘crown’ in bright yellow.” – Curbed: New York State Pavilion Is Being Restored to Its 1964 Colors

“The side of a building on Louisville's historic Whiskey Row collapsed after a large blaze erupted there Monday afternoon. Three buildings were damaged in the fire — 111, 113 and 115 West Main Street — all part of a project to redevelop the historic buildings into new lofts, retail and restaurant space called 111 Whiskey Row. The fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. in the same block the Brown-Forman Corp. plans to create the Old Forester distillery experience. Those buildings were spared from damage in Monday's fire, according to one of the developers.” – USA Today: Fire Ravages Louisville’s Famed Whiskey Row

“A day after the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Drayton Hall director George McDaniel and his staff were still trying to comprehend the enormity of the event. Yet McDaniel, who is retiring in September after 26 years of overseeing Drayton Hall, still firmly believes that an understanding of history—both the good and the bad—has increasing relevance in today’s world and can bring people together to work through what he calls “troublesome” history.” – Preservation Leadership Forum Blog: Looking Back and Looking Forward at Drayton Hall with George McDaniel

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[Weekend Reads] Preservation Stories from The New York Times, Thump, and More

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

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The Palisades are a National Treasure of the National Trust.

“’What preservation is really all about,’ the critic Ada Louise Huxtable noted almost 50 years ago, ‘is the retention and active relationship of buildings of the past to the community’s functioning present.’ Translation: Good preservation doesn’t embalm history. It binds a living past to change. ‘The accumulation,’ Mrs. Huxtable added, ‘is called culture.’ Replace buildings of the past with natural landmarks and you’ve got the LG story in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., which was resolved this week.” – The New York Times: LG Listens to Conservationists and Preserves a Landmark

“In July, the San Antonio Missions could become Texas’ first UNESCO World Heritage Site, but if it wasn’t for a small group of women in the 1920s, they may not have been standing today. More than 90 years since its founding, the San Antonio Conservation Society continues to work tirelessly to protect and preserve the city’s most valuable historic, natural and cultural assets.” – San Antonio Magazine: On A Mission... Read More →

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Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2015

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued our 28th annual list of the America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

This year’s list helps underscore the ongoing effort we have at the National Trust to tell the story of our nation in all its richness and complexity. We want to see the history of all Americans honored and remembered, and to see all our families and communities reflected in the telling. As such, many of the sites on the 2015 list, our most diverse ever, focus on important chapters in our history that have sometimes been overlooked.

We officially unveiled the 2015 list in a video released today:

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