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Weekend Reads from Citinerary, Curbed, Forward, and More

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by Sarah Heffern No Comments

 

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.

Joseph McGill at South Carolina's Magnolia Plantation, during one of his early slave cabin stays.
Joseph McGill at South Carolina's Magnolia Plantation, during one of his early slave cabin stays.

"So far, Mr. McGill, whose ancestors were enslaved in Williamsburg County in South Carolina, has slept in more than 70 slave dwellings in 14 states, alone or in groups as large as 30, with the descendants of slaves sometimes lying alongside descendants of slave owners. This weekend, he is doing his first overnight stays in New York State, bedding down on three historic properties on eastern Long Island, in some of the region’s most beautiful (and expensive) resort areas." New York Times - Confronting Slavery at Long Island’s Oldest Estates

Note: Joe began his Slave Cabin Project while working in the National Trust's Charleston Field Office, and documented the experience here on the PreservationNation blog.

"So not only are the spaces rad, the tenants they have are equally as awesome. As I spent more time photographing their spaces, and getting the know the tenants, I realized that First + First is doing more than just renovating abandoned buildings, they’re making space for people, like myself, to pursue their dreams and passions." Citinerary - Giving abandoned buildings a creative purpose - First + First... 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.

Weekend Reads from Time, Solar City, Smithsonian, and More

Posted on: July 31st, 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.

Archaeological work in process at Jamestown.
Archaeological work in process at Jamestown

"Jamestown’s original fort is perhaps the most archaeologically fertile acre in the United States. In 1994, Bill Kelso, a former head archaeologist at Monticello, put his shovel in the clay soil here and began unearthing the first of two million artifacts from the early days of the settlement. ... One firecracker revelation after another is now filling in the history of the first successful English colony in America." Smithsonian Magazine - New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers

"'Many people don’t realize that the ‘Deep Throat’ garage—where Mark Felt met with Woodward and Bernstein—is still a working parking garage in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood,' says Andrew Terranova, concierge at Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco, and the guide for the nearby Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour. 'A historic marker has been placed outside.

'" Time - These Are America’s Best Cities for Historic Sites... 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.

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 →

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 CBS Sunday, Chicago Now, Indian Country, and More

Posted on: July 17th, 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.

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.