Interviews

[Interview] A Conversation with Home Renovation Expert Bob Vila

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Lauren Walser 3 Comments

 

Bob Vila (center) at work on Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Bob Vila

We only had the space to print a snippet of the wisdom Bob Vila shared with Preservation magazine in our upcoming Winter 2014 issue, but we know you’re eager to read more. Read on for the full transcript of our interview with the star of This Old House and Bob Vila’s Home Again.

You can visit BobVila.com to learn even more. We suggest exploring his popular “How To Center” and watching his online series Building Green.... 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.

Young Preservationist Graham Coreil-Allen on Art, Place, and the "Urban Sublime"

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Aria Danaparamita

 

Graham Coreil-Allen. Credit: Graham Coreil-Allen.
Through his project New Public Sites, Coreil-Allen invites participants to experience what he calls the urban sublime: "the aesthetic and profound sense of place in an urban space otherwise so often neglected."

Many complain that preservation is growing old and outdated. Graham Coreil-Allen is here to break that misperception. Age 31, born in Galveston, Texas before moving to Tampa, Fla., Graham is an artist currently based in Baltimore, Md. His mission: creative placemaking.

His method may not be the traditional kind of professional preservation. Beyond the bureaucracies of landmarking or heritage listing, Graham has a more underground approach: art and social engagement. He works primarily on interactive, community-based projects that seek to “activate” public spaces, like walking tours of urban spaces, where participants engage with the built environment and reflect on issues like urban planning, development, and -- of course -- preservation.

We chatted with him to learn more about his avant-garde style of preserving collective heritage.... Read More →

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Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita, or Mita, is a contributor to the PreservationNation blog and recent graduate of Wesleyan University. She enjoys walks, coffee, and short stories. Follow her odd adventures on Twitter at @mitatweets.

 

Every preservationist, whether new to the game or a seasoned saver, walks into a fight knowing there's always a chance for loss. It's one of the unfortunate side effects of our cause -- that not every building will stay around for the next generation.

Now that sad moment has come for our National Treasure Prentice Women's Hospital, a Modernist icon in Chicago that is currently being demolished to make way for a new Northwestern University building.

But with loss comes hope. Losses can galvanize us. They remind us what's worth fighting for. And they inspire us to make sure it doesn't happen to other much-loved places elsewhere in the country.

As the scaffolding goes up around Prentice, we sat down with our colleague Chris Morris, a senior field officer for the National Trust who's been dedicated to Prentice since day 1. Here's what she had to say about the hospital, Modernism, and moving forward.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for 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.

Introducing PastCast: A New Podcast for People Who Save Places

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 7 Comments

 

PastCast debut episode. Credit: OCV PHOTO, Flickr

We're excited to announce the debut episode of PastCast, a show for the people who save places! (Hint: That's you.) Our mission is to bring you great stories of cool preservation projects around the country -- and let the people behind them tell you all about it in their own words.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for 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.

Smithsonian Latino Center Fellows: Latino History is Part of American History

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by Adriana Gallegos

 

Ivel Gontan and David McCormick enjoy the sights in DC during their fellowship. Credit: National Trust Historic Sites
Ivel Gontan and David McCormick enjoy the sights in DC during their fellowship.

Hispanic Heritage Month just wrapped up, and as always, showcased the history and accomplishments of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. Today we’re highlighting two rising Latino scholars who spent the summer working with us on some important projects. Thanks to the National Trust’s partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC), we were able to help empower the scholars to become leaders in the interpretation of Latino art, culture, and history.

One scholar is Ivel Gontan, a Cuban-American with a Master’s of Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. This summer, she worked on a community engagement plan for the three National Trust Historic Sites in Washington, D.C.

Our other scholar, David McCormick, is proud of his Peruvian and Guatemalan roots, and also quite passionate about his career as an archaeologist. He gave us his perspective on his experience at the National Trust and about reaching out to diverse audiences.

I had the chance to interview Ivel and David and learn more about their passion to engage the Latino community in the conversation about preservation.... Read More →

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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.