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Historic Real Estate: The Victorian Edition

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by Emily Potter 2 Comments

 

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Front of the historic Albert Sears House in Plano, Illinois, with a wraparound porch that has been restored to its original glory.

Historic Albert Sears House -- Plano, Illinois

Constructed in 1881 for Albert H. Sears, a prominent business man in Plano, this Queen Anne style house has been lovingly restored and professionally decorated and landscaped. The house sits on two acres and is just three miles from Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House, a historic site of the National Trust. Price tag: $449,000

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The 22-bedroom Alfred Dolge Mansion in Dolgeville, New York.

Alfred Dolge Mansion -- Dolgeville, New York

This 12,000 square-foot Victorian was built in 1890 by Alfred Dolge, a well known entrepreneur and namesake of Dolgeville, New York. The original European craftsmanship throughout the 22 bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two living rooms has been carefully preserved. Perfect for residential living, a bed and breakfast, or hosting events. Price tag: $449,900

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Victorian home in Belleair, Florida with three stories, two porches, and many other historic, elegant features.

Charming Victorian Home -- Belleair, Florida

This historic treasure was Henry B. Plant’s residence in 1900. Plant was a famous railroad magnate who developed the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel and surrounding area. This three-story home is over 4,000 square feet of history, original features, and modern amenities. Price tag: $775,000

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

 

El Camino Real de Terra Adentro trail sign. Credit: Samat Jain, flickr
El Camino Real de Terra Adentro

The March 1 deadline to nominate a site to the 2013 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List is fast approaching. Here at the National Trust, we use this annual list to spotlight threatened historic places from America’s diverse pasts.

In particular, as the Latino population continues to grow, it’s important to recognize the 500 years of Latino historic contributions to this country. Latinos have always been a part of America’s story, from the early Spanish explorers to the accomplishment of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Unfortunately, less than three percent of all the national landmarks that we have -- the highest designation you can receive as a historic landmark -- are about the history of Latinos and other minority groups in the U.S., according to the Department of the Interior. We want to enable America’s diverse communities to see themselves in preservation, and we'll enrich our country by preserving the full range of all American cultural experiences.... 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.

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos is the Blogger Outreach Manager working to inform bloggers and online influencers about the National Trust’s mission. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family both in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burgos, Spain.

Historic Real Estate: The Farming Edition

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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The historic farm house in Star, NC.

Spacious Rambling Farm House -- Star, North Carolina

Classic country living, this rambling farm house sits on just over 1.8 acres. Built in 1900, you get all the original features, like 9-foot ceilings, a rock fireplace, and wrap-around front porch, but also more modern amenities, including an eat-at bar in the kitchen and updated wiring and plumbing (thank goodness!). Price tag: $120,000

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The original stone farm house of Michael Rugh (left) and an addition (right).

Historic Farm House of Michael Rugh -- Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Michael Rugh, an early resident in this area of Pennsylvania and a prominent attorney, built the house around 1790. Relax in the family room and look out over three acres of land through floor to ceiling windows, or enjoy the fully loaded master bedroom suite, complete with a private dressing area and spa bath. Price tag: $849,000

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A section of the Bluegrass Farm.

Bluegrass Farm -- Scott County, Kentucky

Bluegrass Farm is a beautiful 118 acres that runs along scenic Route 460 between Paris and Georgetown in Kentucky. It comes with a 16-stall horse barn and Morton building for farm equipment. In true preservation form, the land is restricted from development except for two residences, barns, and any buildings necessary to run the farm. Price tag: $1,770,000

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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

Find Funding: How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 5 Comments

 

Written by Brendan McCormick, Grants & Awards Assistant

Interior of the Eygyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon. Credit: Oregonkat, flickr
Interior of the Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Fun fact: In 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded more than $1 million to nearly 200 projects across the country through its small grant program. This annual program supports local preservation organizations’ efforts to preserve and protect important places in their communities.

In the Grants office, we field calls and questions throughout the year about our grants program from people eager to do similar work in their communities. So we compiled a quick Q&A to help guide potential applicants. Read on to learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown.... 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.

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Preservation Round-Up: The Oldest Distillery in the U.S. Edition

Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by Emily Potter

 

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The oldest distillery in the U.S., Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Did You Know? -- Bricks + Mortar

“Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky is the oldest continually operation distillery in the US?* Its 130-acre facility includes 4 centuries of architecture that is well-maintained and fully operational!”

The Sweet Sound of Renovation: A Concert Hall Loft -- Apartment Therapy

“Adaptive reuse is one of the best forms of creative and eco-friendly construction. Whether it's a former school house or church, buildings with a past life often make for some of the most interesting homes and interiors. This social hall in New York City is no exception -- the 32-foot barrel arched ceilings, porthole windows, stage lighting and old wood floors make a for a one-of-a-kind residence.”

Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg Will Be Demolished -- Philly.com

“A 14-year battle over the fate of a modern structure at the heart of Gettysburg National Military Park is over. The National Park Service said Thursday that it would begin demolishing the Cyclorama building as soon as February, clearing the site ahead of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle.”

Overdue Convenience of the Day: City Hall as Food Truck -- Atlantic Cities

“How did it take so long for this to happen? Boston's Brutalist City Hall building, designed by Paul Rudolph, may be the least popular City Hall in the country. It has only two stars on Yelp. And, like all government buildings, it is the site of bleak bureaucratic pilgrimages in search of forms and documents.”

A History of Home -- Sustainable Cities Collective

“We are often entrapped in the world of the now. We hardly ever look back, but it is surprising to find that once we do, we find the past is still lingers in every object around us. After having read Lucy Worsley's "If Walls Could Talk: An intimate history of the home," I look at my current spartan surroundings with a new appreciation.”

The Genius of Traditional Buildings -- Urban Indy

“Have you ever been to an old downtown and marveled at the historic buildings? Have you ever wondered how they could create such beautiful buildings on such small budgets, compared to the placeless architecture we are told is barely affordable today?”

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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.