Architecture

Summer Party at the Glass House

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Visitors enjoy the annual Summer Party at Glass House. June 13, 2015.
Visitors enjoy the annual Summer Party at Glass House.

The annual Summer Party at the Glass House, Philip Johnson's 1949 structure in New Canaan, Connecticut, is always a crowd-pleaser, and this year was no exception. Guests gathered at the 49-acre property to view and bid on art, feast on a picnic lunch, play croquet and ping pong on the lawn, and enjoy the perfect summer afternoon.

If you couldn't make it to this year's events, don't worry: You can view our collection of photos here.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

 

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3798 Government Blvd.

Mysterious Midcentury Modern House Seeks Eccentric Owner

3798 Government Blvd. -- Mobile, Alabama

I’ve got a secret. I’m rumored to be a “collectable” house designed by the one and only architect Robert Byrd. But I’m not letting on as to whether I really am or not. What I will tell you is that I was built around 1958, that I echo many of Byrd's revered design elements, and that I’m not a home for the traditional historic house shopper.

For those of you who appreciate octagon-shaped rooms, cross-hatched glass windows, and original peg and plank wood flooring adorned with exposed stone and brick throughout, I’m the home for you. I’ve also got an upgraded, state-of-the-art master bedroom and kitchen waiting for your personal touch.

Ready for the mysterious to meet the unusual? Look me up 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.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Pergola

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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A lemon pergola in the garden of historic Lotusland

Sometimes in preservation, the larger structures -- main buildings, outbuildings, and extensive landscapes -- can catch and hold our attention. But it is also worthwhile to take a look at the smaller, more obscure structures and their contribution to the history of the house and larger landscape. For example, if the historic site you love has a garden, take a look at the often overlooked pergola.

You may be wondering, what is a pergola? According to the Trust for Architectural Easements’ Glossary of Architectural Terms, a pergola is defined 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.

 

The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, was designed by architect Philip Johnson and built between 1947 and 1949. At the time, The Glass House’s design was a radical departure from contemporary houses in that its exterior walls were made entirely of glass and it had no interior walls or partitions. Today, this remarkable Midcentury Modern architectural achievement is a National Trust Historic Site.

Continuing the tradition of innovation and creativity at the Glass House, the Trust sponsored the installation of “Veil” by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya during from May 1 to November 30, 2014. This site-specific artist project enveloped The Glass House in fog, giving visitors a new, extraordinary experience.

Recently, we talked with artist Fujiko Nakaya to get the inside details about the “Veil” installation and her other projects.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Chalet

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

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The Belton Chalet in West Glacier, Montana was built in 1910.

Imagine this: a beautiful timber cottage situated at the heart of picturesque forest scene. Not only does the dwelling offer an extraordinary view of nearby mountains and trees, but it also boasts some unique vernacular architectural detail. This quaint structure is what is known as a chalet.

The Trust for Architectural Easements’ Glossary of Architectural Terms defines a chalet 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.

Plunge Into the Past With These Five Historic Swimming Pools

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Kara Timberlake 4 Comments

 

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Coral Gables' Venetian Pool is a cornerstone of the community.

In the wake of our previous historic swimming pools post, we’ve arranged a tour of five more historic pools to help you escape the sweltering summer heat. Dip your toes into these refreshingly cool swimming spots from around the country.... Read More →

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Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. An aficionado of coffee and music, she loves to discover hidden stories through reading, traveling, and meeting new people.