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A Farewell to South Dakota’s Human Services Center, a Past 11 Most Site

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Jenny Buddenborg, Denver Senior Field Officer

Credit: Jenny Buddenborg, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Built in 1898 and listed on the National Register, the Lee building featured a load-bearing masonry exterior with a wood-framed interior. It was demolished instead of being reused for a different purpose.

So much of our work as preservation advocates places us in the role of influencing decisions but not necessarily having the power to make crucial decisions ourselves. This is particularly difficult when you are trying to save a threatened place that is not under your ownership or management.

Succeeding under these circumstances is immensely satisfying, but losing is tremendously frustrating. Just because you want something to happen and you put as much energy and resource into it as possible doesn’t mean it will. Ultimately, your priority may never become a priority for the people you try to persuade.

That is how I felt after recently losing nine of 11 historic buildings to the wrecking ball at the Human Services Center (HSC) in Yankton, S.D., after spending five years advocating alongside partners for their preservation and adaptive reuse.... Read More →

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Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2014

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 9 Comments

 

By Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs

Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio. Credit: Springer Auditorium
One of this year's listings: Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued our 27th annual list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places across the country. As it has been for over a quarter century, this year’s list is an alarm bell, calling Americans to realize that some of our most important treasures are in trouble.

National Trust president Stephanie Meeks unveiled this year’s list in a video released today:


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Preserving an Iconic Landmark in Business History: Madam C. J. Walker’s Villa Lewaro

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 3 Comments

 

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer

Credit: ToddShepera/National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Treasure reception in Irvington, N.Y., May 2014

In Irvington, N.Y., there stands Madam C. J. Walker’s “Villa Lewaro,” a restored, elegant historic residence that embodies the optimism and perseverance of American entrepreneurship. This newly designated National Treasure reveals Madam Walker’s unparalleled accomplishments in the face of a 20th-century segregated America and at a time before women had the right to vote. With the rising success of Oprah Winfrey, Ursula Burns, Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks, Indra Nooyi, Mary Barra, and other businesswomen, it’s important that we preserve the past to enrich the future.... Read More →

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Artist’s Retreat Chesterwood Completes an Artful Restoration

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Ashley R. Wilson, AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect

Credit: Ashley Wilson/National Trust for Historic Preservation
The studio in 2012, before the restoration, which shows extensive cracking.

There was a distinctive Berkshires art vibe at the opening party of Chesterwood, the newly restored studio and summer estate of American Renaissance sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Mass. The gardens were vibrant, the mountains were streaked with fog and sunlight, and the nymph-like dancers from Berkshire Pulse emerged from the forest to open the studio doors after nearly two years of restoration.

Built in 1896, Chesterwood, a Historic Site of the National Trust, was in dire need of help. After 115 years, the interior of the studio needed only limited repairs, but the exterior of the building was both aesthetically displeasing and structurally unsound.... Read More →

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Why More People Should Know About Tacoma, Washington (And Not Just from 10 Things I Hate About You)

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Sara Stiltner, Senior Project Manager, Preservation Green Lab

Credit: Sara Stiltner/National Trust for Historic Preservation
Old City Hall, which was built 1882, was the first building to be added to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. 

Thanks to Tacoma’s Old City Hall, I finally got someone to laugh at my favorite joke, the only joke I’ve bothered to memorize.

The first time my husband Ryan visited Tacoma, Wash., we meandered through my hometown’s historic district. I showed off my favorite spots, rattling off both the histories and my memories of various buildings. Inspiration struck when we passed Old City Hall’s clock tower.... 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.