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[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 →

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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

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Summer with HOPE Crew: Inspiring a New Generation of Preservationists

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Juliana Glassco, HOPE Crew Intern

HOPE Crew workers and scaffolding at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area included repainting the exterior of the historic Peters building. Credit Mathew Grubel, HOPE Crew craft expert
HOPE Crew work at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area included repainting the exterior of the historic Peters building.

In late August, I traveled with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew staff to visit the National Park Service’s Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, just in time to congratulate a HOPE Crew made up of Student Conservation Association (SCA) corpsmembers on a job well done as they completed a two-month project in the recreation area.

The crew members, most of them current college students or recent graduates, spent their summer documenting, cleaning, stabilizing, and painting historic structures. They spent most of their time at Camp Ken-Etiwa-Pec (KEP), a former camp constructed by Boy Scouts of America in the 1930s.

I was able to catch up with a few of the tired but happy crew members to talk about what they are taking away from their experience. The corpsmembers learned firsthand that preservation work isn’t always glamorous; they removed a LOT of debris from some of the structures that have been vacant for a few years -- and they had fun doing it!... Read More →

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From Nature to Needlework: How Woodlawn Connects Kids to History

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

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

Farm Campers did Farm Chores every morning, which included everything from bug squishing and weeding, to watering and harvesting. Credit Morgan Maloney
Farm Campers did Farm Chores every morning, which included everything from bug squishing and weeding, to watering and harvesting.

Before summer slips away, I’d like to share a little bit of seasonal magic with you, courtesy of Woodlawn/Pope-Leighey, a National Trust Historic Site in Alexandria, Virginia.

At the end of July, I had the pleasure of attending a celebration marking the end of four weeks of Farm Camp at Arcadia Farm at Woodlawn. Arcadia Farm is located at Woodlawn, and is operated by the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.... Read More →

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9 Iconic Movie Sets, Starring … The Antiquities Act

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 6 Comments

 

Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy

An R2-D2 character visits Death Valley (also known as the planet Tatooine in "Star Wars"). Credit: Alyse & Remi, Flickr
An R2-D2 figure visits Death Valley National Park (also known as the planet Tatooine in "Star Wars").

The Antiquities Act may sound like a dusty old piece of legislation, a relic of a bygone era that long ago ceased to have relevance for average Americans. But you will spill your popcorn to learn that the Antiquities Act -- considered America’s first preservation law enacted in 1906 -- continues to play a critical role in protecting places across the country that have been featured in some of Hollywood’s best-known blockbusters.

From “Star Wars” to “Titanic,” from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” some of our most beloved movies were filmed in landscapes protected by the Antiquities Act. Here, we feature some of our favorites.... Read More →

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