Interviews

[Interview] Q&A with Trina Turk, Designer and Preservationist

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

Trina Turk’s flagship boutique in Palm Springs opened in 2002 in a 1960s Albert Frey building.
Trina Turk’s flagship boutique in Palm Springs opened in 2002 in a 1960s Albert Frey building.

When we connected with designer Trina Turk for our Winter 2015 issue’s Back Story, we were eager to hear about the historic houses she and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, have restored in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. And we figured if we had time, we’d like to learn a thing or two about the history behind the locations of a few of her retail stores. (Her Los Angeles boutique is in a former feather trim factory!)

As it turns out, we could have talked with her for hours. We knew Turk was a committed preservationist -- but we had no idea just how much her love of historic architecture inspires her designs.

Since we had limited room in print, we thought we would share more of our interview here. Read on to learn more about Turk’s favorite old buildings and what her fashion designs have in common with Midcentury Modern architecture.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

[Interview] The American Legend Lives On at Lyndhurst Castle

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Guest Writer No Comments

 

By Ashley & Brittany Hill

The 1838 Gothic Revival-style mansion Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown New York represents 175 years of influential American history.
The 1838 Gothic Revival-style mansion Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York, represents over 175 years of influential American history.

Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site, welcomed us to tour the property as part of our American Legend Tour, a nationwide commitment to raising historical awareness and educating America’s youth about the importance of the pursuit of the American Dream.

The American Dream permeates Lyndhurst’s history, as it was home to three influential families over the years: William Paulding; George Merritt, who doubled the size of the estate; and legendary railroad financier Jay Gould. Together, they represent about 175 years of history. Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand and Princess de Sagan, donated the 67-acre estate in memory of her parents to the National Trust for Historic Preservation upon her death in 1961.

We spoke with Krystyn Hastings-Silver, associate director of Lyndhurst, about why she is passionate about preserving and portraying the memories of the Castle’s famous residents, what opportunities are available for the public to interact with the site, and how Lyndhurst is, in her words, “a time capsule.” [Interview is edited for length and clarity.]... Read More →

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Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

Ruth Abram: Explaining Today through Stories of Yesterday

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Guest Writer 4 Comments

 

Written by Sophia Dembling

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Left: Ruth Abram, former president and now trustee emerita of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Right: Museum visitors enjoy a guided tour.

Ruth Abram believes museums can and should be more than repositories of the past; they should also provide insight into the present and inspire hope for the future.

That was Abram's vision in 1992, when she co-founded (with Anita Jacobsen) the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (a National Trust Historic Site) in New York City, one of the most interesting museums in a city full of them. Past president and now trustee emerita, Abram leaves the running of the museum to others these days ("I don't fiddle," she says. "They're doing a great job."), but remains busy with other projects, including Sites of Conscience and Behold! New Lebanon, a living museum being developed in the rural New York town where Abram lives.

We caught up with Abram to talk about the development of the Tenement Museum and her vision for it. (Responses have been edited for clarity and length.)... 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.

Guest Writer

Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

[Interview] Artists in Residence Find Inspiration at The Shadows

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

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The 1834 Classic Revival-style home at Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana, is hosting two artists in residence for the Art & Shadows program.

This past spring, National Trust Historic Site The Shadows in New Iberia, Louisiana, welcomed two artists in residence as part of the yearlong Art & Shadows program, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visual artist Lynda Frese and fiddler David Greely were selected for the program and have been working at The Shadows to create new works within their respective mediums inspired by the site's history.

Completed in 1834 for owner David Weeks, the Classic Revival-style plantation estate on the Bayou Teche remained in the family for four generations prior to being acquired by the National Trust. The site's storied history is documented through archival photographs and letters, as well as preserved artifacts found in and around the estate.

We spoke with Lynda and David about finding inspiration at the Shadows and the projects they are working on for the remainder of the residency, which will culminate in April with a celebration melding art and music.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

 

Choreographer Hattie Mae Williams and her dance troupe, The Tattooed Ballerinas, are presenting site-specific performances at two historic sites in Miami: Miami Marine Stadium and the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.
Choreographer Hattie Mae Williams (left) and her dance troupe, The Tattooed Ballerinas, are presenting site-specific performances at two historic sites in Miami: Miami Marine Stadium and the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.

Miami native Hattie Mae Williams is on a mission to change how we see public spaces. And she’s set her sights on her hometown.

Through her Miami Sites Project, Williams, a recipient of a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Miami grant, is celebrating two of her city’s iconic, historic sites: Miami Marine Stadium and the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, which is celebrating its 90th birthday this year.

Her method? Dance.... 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.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.