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If you love grand architecture on an epic scale, admire remarkable feats of engineering, and want to learn about the preservation tragedy that galvanized and kickstarted the modern preservation movement, watch “The Rise and Fall of Penn Station” on PBS tonight.... Read More →

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Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

Beyond Beauty: Seeing Possibility in All Historic Places

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Priya Chhaya

 

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Credit: CohenKenny, Flickr
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

We often talk about historic places by their physical characteristics. It’s a building. A landscape. A barn. A train station. A home. We’re saving places.

But let’s try an experiment. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. What is the first thing that you see when you think about your favorite historic site?... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

What Greenbuild 2013 Means for Historic Preservation

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by Priya Chhaya

 

Scene from Greenbuild 2009. Credit: jikatu, Flickr

If we truly want to claim, as Carl Elefante did in 2007, that “the greenest building is one that is already built” then we must do our part to embrace the values that bind us to the environmental movement--a concern for making places better for people and the world we live in.  -- Mark Huppert, Senior Director, Preservation Green Lab

Saving places is not always the act of a single individual. It involves partnerships and cooperation of advocates in every corner of a community. The same can be said for our commitment to sustainable historic preservation. As preservationists we’ve been using Elefante’s words as a rallying cry for decades, but talking to ourselves about “the greenest building” only get us so far.

Last month the Preservation Green Lab (PGL) attended and presented at Greenbuild 2013, the annual conference for green and sustainability advocates across the world.  While there, PGL senior director Mark Huppert saw three possible points where preservation can improve its intersection with sustainability.

He shared his full thoughts over at the Preservation Leadership Forum blog earlier this week. Here are some highlights from his post:... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

Giving Thanks for Preservation's Most Essential Part: Its People

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Priya Chhaya

 

Thirty Instagram aficionados went behind the scenes at Miami Marine Stadium in October 2013. Credit: RAYMEDphotography
Thirty Instagram aficionados went behind the scenes at National Treasure Miami Marine Stadium in October 2013.

Fall is when the leaves change color, the temperature lowers, and we look to places that bring us warmth and comfort. It is the season when we return home, the space where the first spark of the past comes together in a real and personal way. Autumn is a visible reminder of the passage of time, and when we Americans articulate our thanks for what the year has brought.

This fall, I am thankful for the people of preservation.... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

 

Every year, aside from the dropping temps, there is one clear indicator that fall has arrived: it's time for the National Preservation Conference.

That’s right, we are now less than a month away from our annual conference, which starts on October 29 at the Crossroads of America -- Indianapolis, Indiana.... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.