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Introducing Pullman Historic District, Now a National Treasure

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

By Jennifer Sandy, Senior Field Officer

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Visitors enjoy walking around the community at the annual Pullman House Tour, held every year since 1974.

Walking down the leafy streets of the Pullman Historic District in Chicago today, it’s easy to imagine that this community must have seemed like a dream to the many factory workers for whom it was built. Tidy brick row houses line the sidewalks, ranging from modest worker cottages to more ornate mansions, while grand buildings like the Hotel Florence and the Greenstone Church provide a sense of community. Pullman was even voted as “The World’s Most Perfect Town” in its late-nineteenth-century heyday.

But the true story of Pullman is much more complicated -- and much more interesting -- than just its creation as America’s first model industrial town. The community has seen its share of challenges, but Pullman’s residents and supporters have always remained dedicated to protecting and promoting this special place. Now the community is united behind the goal of national recognition for Pullman’s contributions to our country’s history. Today, the National Trust joins the coalition advocating for Pullman to become a National Historical Park by including the community on our list of National Treasures -- an honor it truly deserves.... Read More →

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The Image of Urban Vitality: Is It Really Just Skyscrapers?

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 4 Comments

 

By Mike Powe and Jeana Wiser, Preservation Green Lab

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn. Credit: SmartSign.com
View of Manhattan from Brooklyn.

When you picture the heart of a thriving city, what image comes to mind? You might picture a New York avenue, lined with spectacular, towering skyscrapers. The image of a successful city seems inextricably tied to images of buildings stretching into the air.

It turns out, however, that the skyscraper may not deserve such a tight link to our idea of urban vitality. A better image? Look to the neighborhoods just beyond the shadows of downtown’s corporate and condo towers, in the modest (yet bustling!) blocks of older, smaller buildings.... Read More →

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

Nineteenth-Century Church Receives Enlightened Renovation as Indiana Landmarks Center

Posted on: January 4th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

By Katherine Schminky, Public Affairs Intern

Methodist Church, now Indiana Landmarks. Credit: Susan Fleck
The Central Avenue Methodist Church in Indianapolis is now the new Indiana Landmarks Center.

“Inspirational” is how Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, describes the organization’s new headquarters. And that's exactly the look the organization was going for when it chose the Central Avenue Methodist Church to be the new Indiana Landmarks Center.

“When people walk in, they say ‘wow,’” said Davis. “We want people to be inspired by preservation and this place gives us that.”

At the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony on Nov. 1, 2013, Indiana Landmarks received one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s honor awards recognizing its restoration of the Central Avenue Methodist Church in Indianapolis. The once dilapidated and crumbling site now functions as Indiana Landmark’s headquarters and a thriving center that hosts an array of events.... Read More →

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10 Preservation Wins in 2013

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 9 Comments

 

For anyone worried that year '13 would prove unlucky for the beautiful places in our midst, take heart: Though we did lose some irreplaceable historic places this past year, we also celebrated a remarkable number of preservation wins throughout the country. Let's look back at some of 2013's biggest success stories and get inspired for the year ahead!... Read More →

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Remembering Robert Wilson, Preservation Champion

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Rebecca Morgan, Associate Director of Public Affairs

Robert (Bob) Wilson at the 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, N.Y. Credit: Joe Cascio
Robert (Bob) Wilson at the 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, N.Y.

Investor and dedicated historic preservationist Mr. Robert (Bob) Wilson passed away on Monday in Manhattan's Upper West Side. A member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1966, Wilson was both a supporter and leader of the preservation movement.... Read More →

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