Architecture

 

Open seasonally, the Philip Johnson Glass House offers tours, special events, and related programming to the public. Visitors can join them for the 2013 season beginning May 2. Credit: diametrik, Flickr
The Glass House is best understood as a pavilion for viewing the surrounding landscape. It ushered the International Style into residential American architecture.

As preservationists, we talk a lot about the power of place -- modern places, beautiful places, places of conscience, and sacred places. Sometimes these places are centered on a single structure -- a building where someone lived, worked, played, or died.

But there is one more way in which places can be powerful: context. It is by walking around and through these buildings that visitors are taken back in time. And in sharing that space, that context, visitors are linked with those who came before.

Early this summer we asked staff from the National Trust’s Historic Sites to tell us about their favorite objects. For some it was a specific item or a piece of art, but for three of our Historic Sites, the Glass House, Brucemore, and Touro Synagogue, the power of the place was front and center.... 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.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Restoration

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson No Comments

 

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The mansion at James Madison's Montpelier was restored between 2003 and 2008.

"Restoration" is a term frequently used in the preservation industry, but what exactly does it mean? Is it interchangeable with preservation? Is it similar? Or does it mean something totally different?

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards’ Four Approaches to the Treatment of Historic Properties defines it as:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

[Photos] Une Belle Maison: The Lombard Plantation House

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by Katherine Flynn 2 Comments

 

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S. Frederick Starr on the front porch of "Une Belle Maison," his fully restored 1826 Creole cottage on the former Lombard Plantation in New Orleans' Ninth Ward.

We’re excited to feature the story of the Lombard Plantation house -- one of the last 19th-century plantation houses still in existence inside New Orleans’ city limits -- in the 2015 Summer issue of Preservation magazine. We couldn’t fit all of the wonderful photos of the house inside our six-page spread, so to make sure they didn’t go to waste, we’re featuring a selection of outtakes by photographer Sara Essex Bradley here.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Bousillage

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson No Comments

 

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The Roque House, built circa 1797, has bousillage walls on its exterior.

If you’ve ever visited a historic house in Louisiana -- particularly modest mansions, small outbuildings, or cottages of the French Colonial period -- you may have noticed mud walls on the interior or exterior of the building. This idiosyncratic feature is made with a building material called bousillage.

The Trust for Architectural Easements’ Glossary of Architectural Terms defines it as:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

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The Julia Morgan-designed Chinese YWCA of San Francisco was built in 1932 and now houses the Chinese Historical Society.

Though many people know Julia Morgan as the architect of iconic Hearst Castle, she also designed buildings on more modest budgets. One of her best is the Chinese YWCA (1932) in San Francisco, now the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA).... Read More →

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Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding is the managing editor of Preservation magazine. She has a weakness for mid-century modern, walkable cities, and coffee table books about architecture and design.

 

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The Frederick R. Buell residence

Frederick R. Buell Residence Seeks Elmer Grey Fan with Laidback Taste

2726 E. Kenwood Blvd. -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Take a look at me. I mean a really good look. For you Elmer Grey fans, do you see anything familiar? I hope so, because I’m the renowned architect’s first solo commission. Though I’m not as well known as the Pasadena Playhouse or as famous as the Beverly Hills Hotel (two of Grey’s most celebrated works), I hold the essence of Grey’s early genius.

All of his fine detail and unparalleled style is revealed when you open any of my many windows. The sunlight rushes in and illuminates the intricate woodwork throughout my hallways, bedrooms, kitchen, and especially around my two fireplaces in the parlor and front room.

Having the bragging rights of living in an Elmer Grey original is great, but I think it’s the little modern upgrades that make living in me especially worthwhile. Six spacious bedrooms (including an in-law suite with a kitchenette), a lower-level theater and game room, and a private yard with a patio and porch swing await you, ready to make your evenings laidback and leisurely.

Want to relax here? Check me out here.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.