For quite some time now, I've had a Sunday morning ritual. I get up about 8:45, make some coffee and peanut butter toast, grab my iPhone, and settle into my couch to watch -- and live-tweet -- CBS Sunday Morning with my friends Alison and Jenna. This past Sunday, however, was much more exciting than usual, because it quickly became clear that the episode's "design" theme was heavily laced with historic preservation.... Read More →
By Linda S. Glisson, Assistant Director for Information Resources, Main Street
As a passionate photographer and preservationist, I’m always on the lookout for fascinating buildings, from the funky to the sublime. Washington National Cathedral, winner of this year’s Partners in Preservation contest and also one of our National Treasures, is definitely the latter.
From the light streaming through stained glass windows and bathing the interior in a rainbow glow to the fantastical creatures that adorn the outside, National Cathedral is a photographer’s dream. Every time I visit I discover something new. And no wonder: There are 112 gargoyles, the last completed in 1987, and more than 3,000 grotesques and other architectural carvings.... Read More →
From May through November, the National Trust offers the Philip Johnson Glass House's 47-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art; and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney.
If you're traveling to or around New Canaan, Conn. soon, plan your visit to this exceptional site. Or, if you're eager to start exploring, wander around the property virtually with this week's slideshow.... Read More →
Part Two of our architectural style digest (read Part One here) offers definitions and examples of houses from approximately 1855 up to 1960.
When you’re looking at historic houses, it’s important to remember that many are not exactly a single kind of style. You’ll discover that some have used other materials or details not found in the technical definition, or alterations, additions, and updates have melded two different styles together.
These nuances and variations are what make each historic house special and oftentimes historically significant. So preserve them, celebrate them, and enjoy them!... Read More →