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Skee's Diner: A Slice of Americana in Progress

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Mallory Somerset, Preservation Intern

Skee’s Diner in Torrington, Conn., c. 2008. Credit: Improbcat, Wikimedia Commons
Skee’s Diner in Torrington, Conn., c. 2008

The American dining car evokes a mid-century nostalgia like nothing else. Perhaps the most recognizable (though not necessarily by name) are dining cars manufactured by the Jerry O’Mahony Company between 1917 and 1941.

Stand-alone Streamline Moderne coaches were manufactured in a factory in New Jersey and brought by flatbed to their final destinations across the States. They had model names like “Victory” and “Monarch” and were built to last 30 years, according to the brochures. Though details such as length and roof shape differ with each model, the interiors are almost identical, and it is this assembly-line sheen of uniformity that give the O’Mahony diners their appeal to vintage diner enthusiasts even today.... Read More →

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The Curtain Rises Again for the Culpeper State Theatre

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Erica Stewart, Manager, Public Affairs

The State Theatre of Culpeper before and after renovation. Credits: LWPrencipe, Flickr; Ed Bednarczyk
The State Theatre of Culpeper before and after renovation

After sitting vacant for almost a decade, the 1938 Art Deco State Theatre of Culpeper, Va., is back in business.

For years, the theatre sat abandoned, coming perilously close to demolition before being purchased by Culpeper natives Greg and Liz Yates. At the time, there was a hole in the ceiling near the stage and the building was seriously dilapidated. But thanks to a committed group of community members, led by the State Theater Foundation, a $9.3 million historic rehabilitation has raised the curtain on the former vaudeville and movie house, revealing a gorgeous 560-seat live theatre.... Read More →

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Joe Frazier's Gym Now Listed on the National Register

Posted on: May 2nd, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia, Pa. Credit: warpafx, flickr

Big news today from one of our National Treasures: Joe Frazier's Gym, a modest space in Philadelphia where Smokin' Joe perfected his punch, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This listing marks an important milestone for the preservationists -- including Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Consulting Group, and Temple University -- who have been working for 18 months to save the gym and breathe new life into this historic site.... Read More →

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Announcing the Great American Main Street Award Winners for 2013

Posted on: April 14th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Erica Stewart, Public Affairs Manager

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Rochester, Michigan celebrate their Main Streets. Credits: Ben Muldrow; Steve Kovacs
Ocean Springs, Miss. (l.) and Rochester, Mich. (r.) celebrate their Main Streets.

We all know a great Main Street when we see it. Maybe it offers abundant antique shops and a second-hand bookstore or two. Perhaps it is awash in art galleries and trendy restaurants, or overflowing with edgy coffee shops and funky clothing stores. In fact, it might offer all of these things -- plus shady trees, easily navigable streets, jazzy festivals, and eclectic historic storefronts.

But what isn’t as evident beyond those inviting streetscapes is the Main Street organization that in many cases made it possible. Neither the casual tourist nor the regular shopper probably knows much about the work of the Main Street organization’s staff and loyal volunteers, its board of directors, and its coordinating program at the city, county or state level.... Read More →

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Mississippi Delta Tour Tells the Stories of Civil War, Civil Rights and the Blues

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Dockery Farm. Credit: Carolyn Brackett
Dockery Farms outside of Cleveland, Miss.

The Mississippi Delta is a region that has a culture as rich, sweet and deep as the very soil of the Delta itself. Its stories -- of Civil War, civil rights, and the birth of the blues -- resonate with the American story yet tell of a special place, special times, and special people.

This fall, National Trust Tours and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (one of our National Treasures) invite you on a week-long tour of this unique region to visit places where events forever changed America’s character and culture. Set for September 28 through October 4, 2013, tour highlights include antebellum homes, a Civil War battlefield, and one of the South’s last original juke joints.

Tourgoers will experience the Delta’s culinary traditions, enjoy a blues performance, meet the people who call the Delta home, and listen to their stories. The tour also includes a visit to Memphis, often referred to as the place where the Delta begins.

If you can't wait for the fall, take a virtual spin now of the featured tour stops:... Read More →

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