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Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

The Plaza Hotel, New York City
The Plaza Hotel, New York City

"The Plaza Hotel is one of the oldest and most famous buildings in the city, now over a hundred years old. For decades, it was the meeting place of Manhattan’s wealthiest socialites, and still remains, in some part, today. Most interesting to us though in its 100 year history are some of its most eye-catching secrets." Untapped Cities - The Top 10 Secrets of the Plaza Hotel in NYC

"The portico at Drayton Hall, the historic 18th-century house on the Ashley River, was repaired with large concrete beams sometime during the 20th century, but those in charge of caring for the museum house weren’t sure exactly when. But when workers recently began removing that concrete as part of a larger renovation project, they discovered a small piece of red paper. On it was printed a Nabisco logo, and Trish Smith, Drayton Hall’s curator of architectural resources, says that logo was used from 1923-41. As a result, the best estimate now places the portico repair no earlier than 1923 and not much later than 1941." Post and Courier - Decades later, a worker’s snack wrapper offers clue to Drayton Hall repair... Read More →

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

Howard Johnson's in Lake George, New York
Howard Johnson's in Lake George, New York

"He believes in it because he's lived it, starting as a dishwasher three decades ago. And now he's running the business, 'which is something I never thought I would do in a million years. But here we are and we're doin' it. And I'm glad.' He's painstakingly preserved authentic details. 'It still feels like the original restaurant,' said Johnson." CBS Sunday Morning -- ​Visiting the last surviving Howard Johnson's

"Now, I have one more reason to love [my house]. On Friday, June 26, 2015, Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, along with the National Park Service designated the “Henry Gerber House” at 1710 N. Crilly Court in Chicago’s Old Town Triangle a National Historic Landmark—only the second LBGT-related property to achieve this distinction. The Stonewall Inn in New York is the other one." Chicago Now -- My Old House ... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week. In light of the announcement of our new list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Wednesday, this week's articles are about the list.

The Factory, West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Hunter Kerhart)
The Factory, West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Hunter Kerhart)

"As Confederate flags come down across the country in the wake of the Charleston shooting, some say that American history is threatened. But a list of endangered historic places released by a respected D.C.-based nonprofit points out that American history transcends that of straight white men -- and often gets overlooked." Washington Post - Here are America’s most endangered historic places

"This year’s winners -- er, losers? -- are diverse: There’s The Factory, an LA nightclub that first rose to prominence as a center for gay culture as Studio One in the 1970s that’s being threatened by condo developers (condo developers are a recurring theme here). Or A.G. Gaston Motel, in Birmingham, Alabama, which served as a meeting place and planning hub for civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr. What about Oak Flat, a National Forest in Arizona that’s now being mined for ore, creating a two-mile-wide crater?" Gizmodo - Go Now, These 11 Historic Places May Soon Be Gone Forever

"The National Trust for Historic Preservation expressed concerns over uranium mining around the Canyon, proposed development near the South Rim and a proposed resort on the Navajo Nation near the park's eastern border. The group added Oak Flat campground to the list over concerns about a proposed Resolution Copper mine." The Arizona Republic - Grand Canyon, Oak Flat added to endangered list

"But in 1974 a gay Beverly Hills eye doctor turned the building into Studio One, which became one of the most celebrated nightclubs in the country. Stars such as Patti LaBelle and Liza Minnelli performed there, and more than 1,000 people would dance under its disco balls and strobe lights. Aside from the legendary parties, Studio One hosted some of the country's first AIDS fundraisers, with entertainers like Joan Rivers helping pack the house." The Advocate - Infamous WeHo Dance Palace On National Trust's Endangered List

"Mayor William Bell is embracing the new listing from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, saying the attention will help advance the city's $10 million plan to restore the building and convert the property into a museum and public policy center. The facility will be known as the Freedom Center." AL.com - Saving history: Birmingham's A.G. Gaston Motel named among nation's 11 most endangered historic places

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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, a National Trust Historic Site.

"St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown moved one crucial step closer to being protected from the wrecking ball today when the Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation unanimously ruled in favor of recommending the Edwin Forrest Durang-designed Gothic sanctuary to be considered for historic designation by the full Commission at their meeting on July 12. Buildings listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places are legally protected from demolition." -- Hidden City Philadelphia: Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

"As it is, many preservationists worry that Midtown could soon reach a tipping point in which the architectural mix of old and new is lost to a wash of sparkly glass. Of about 36 recently demolished sites that the Historic Districts Council deemed worthy of preservation, 12 were in Midtown." -- New York Times: Midtown’s Vanishing Historic Architecture... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Weekend Reads from Curbed, BBC News, Building Histories, and More

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by Sarah Heffern

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

King Street, looking north, Charleston, S.C., c. 1910
King Street in Charleston, S.C., c. 1910

"Until recently, the former clothing store at the southeast corner of King and Mary streets had stood vacant for more than two decades, a most visible symbol of Upper King’s once sad state. Today, the modest brick and stucco building has been resurrected as 492, a chic restaurant space that weaves together the city’s best kind of architecture: a blend of heroic preservation work with clever and complementary new design." -- The Post and Courier: Restaurants a driving force in restoring downtown’s historic buildings... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

[Preservation Tips & Tools] How to Save a Place: Become an Advocate

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Sarah Heffern

 

Over the course of this month's How to Save a Place toolkit series, we've covered a lot of ground: managing your expectations during a preservation projectunderstanding the difference between federal, state, and local groups; learning the fundraising basics; sorting through the various types of historic designations, and more. Now, it's time to start thinking like an advocate, because getting other people to support your project -- from your friends and neighbors to government officials -- will be critical to the success of your preservation efforts.... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.