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Welcome to a recently added feature here at the PreservationNation blog: Weekend Reads, wherein we'll be sharing a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

The staff at Indiana Landmarks says #ThisPlacesMatters about the Indiana Landmarks Center.
The staff at Indiana Landmarks says #ThisPlacesMatters about the Indiana Landmarks Center.

"Yes, but in our architectural firm we felt increasingly uncomfortable with the obligation to constantly surpass ourselves. Then we embraced the theme of preservation. It requires intelligence, precision and creativity -- and there's no expectation that we'll be making a huge splash. Conversions are more about concepts than effects." Rem Koolhaas Interview: 'We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use' (Spiegel Online)

"To me, preservation is about celebrating the evolution of a building, and working to ensure it remains a viable part of its neighborhood, while maintaining (as best as possible) the historic integrity of the site." Celebrating Change: The Growth of a Kentucky Log House (Gardens to Gables)

"Historic preservation is a conversation with our past about our future. It provides us with opportunities to ask, 'What is important in our history?' and 'What parts of our past can we preserve for the future?'" The National Park Service & Historic Preservation (Yes, this is not really an article, but it's hard to resist the lovely new preservation website from our friends at the National Park Service.)

"Asheville's many breweries are popular gathering spots for cold beer and good conversation. But almost without exception, every brewery building here once had a different life. They were stores, a car dealership, an auto parts shop, a cinema, a movie studio and more. They had all been discarded before being reclaimed to make and sell beer." Where beer, history collide: Breweries give old buildings new life (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Bonus:
Follow #beersavesplaces on Twitter and Instagram for more stories and photos of breweries in historic buildings.

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.

 

So far in our “How to Save a Place” toolkit series, we’ve covered why historic places matter, how to manage your expectations, and how to research and assess threats to a beloved place. The natural next step is, of course, how to find help -- which can be daunting in an environment where terms like “historic property” and “National Register” get thrown around interchangeably, with little explanation of who is responsible for what part of the process.

The good news is, the best bet is always to start close to home. The saying “all politics is local” is often true of preservation as well, particularly early in the process. Local laws and regulations are the first line of defense in saving many historic places and can usually get the job done, but sometimes it becomes necessary to escalate the fight to the state or even federal level. Knowing the basics of who does what at each level can make navigating preservation a great deal easier.... 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 Baltimore Heritage, The Root, and More

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by Sarah Heffern

 

Welcome to a new feature here at the PreservationNation blog: Weekend Reads, wherein we'll be sharing a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

Sunset at Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site, via @SavingPlaces  on Instagram.
Sunset at Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site, via @SavingPlaces on Instagram.

"As we reflect on the events of the past few days in Baltimore, our thoughts are with those who are working to make our historic city a better place -- through pursuit of equal justice and the revitalization of historic neighborhoods." -- Baltimore Heritage: With our shared heritage, we are undaunted in working for Baltimore’s future

"A half-century after McJunkin died, his role in archeological history unknown, a Paleo-Indian archaeologist at Eastern New Mexico University named George Agogino learned the history of the Folsom site and finally gave McJunkin the credit he was due for the discovery of the bones that shifted the timeline of human settlement in North America." -- The Root: George McJunkin: How a Black Man’s Archaeological Discovery Changed History... 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.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour Shows Critical Needs at Union Terminal

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Sarah Heffern 3 Comments

 

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On my first-ever visit to Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, I found it impossible not to be impressed from the moment it came into view. The enormous half-dome shape, stunning Art Deco details, and striking resemblance to the Super Friends’ Hall of Justice (readily obvious to someone like me who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s and '80s) combined to wow me before I even walked in the front door.

Upon entering the building, though, it continued to amaze. I hardly knew where to look first. The massive, arched ceiling sports possibly the boldest paint job I’ve ever seen -- arcs of bright yellows, oranges, and greens that somehow work together to be gorgeous, rather than garish. The glass-tile murals along the back walls are beautiful and clearly tell a story about the city. And every door (and there are many) is labeled in a cool Art Deco font, which made my inner design nerd very happy.

But, because my reason for coming to Union Terminal was as part of our National Treasures efforts to help local preservation advocates to pass a small sales tax increase dedicated to raising funds to save it, my attention quickly focused on one thing: It didn’t look threatened. At all.... 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.

 

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Historic Fifth Ave in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

In recent weeks, we've shared a couple of toolkits breaking down the partners -- governmental and nonprofit -- that every budding preservationist needs to know (see part one and part two). But once you start getting involved with these groups, it quickly becomes clear: Preservation seems to have a language all its own.  

With a few pointers, however, such as in our glossary of basic preservation terms, it gets easier to crack the preservation code, allowing you to show up at community meetings and preservation review board sessions sounding like a seasoned pro. Today's toolkit covers some of the "legalese" you're likely to encounter in the preservation world.... 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.

 

The historic preservation program at University of Mary Washington (formerly Mary Washington College) in Fredericksburg, VA, is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education. Photo courtesy the Boston Public Library on Flickr.
The historic preservation program at University of Mary Washington (formerly Mary Washington College) in Fredericksburg, Va., is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned working at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it’s that the key element to saving places is partnerships. So when I set out earlier this year to create a list of preservation organizations, I knew I would have to leave some out.

Today’s list, then, is a follow-up -- additional groups that can be key to getting preservation work done. And I’m sure there are still more we could include, so feel free to mention additional partners in the comments.... 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.