Interviews

 

Credit: Chris Morris/National Trust for Historic Preservation
Charles Phoenix, left, was born to love kitschy American culture, retro places, and vintage cars. 

Who says history can’t be fun? Certainly not Charles Phoenix , a performer, humorist, chef, and author best known for exploring America’s pop cultural past and present. (And maybe as equally well known for his Thanksgiving dessert creation, the Cherpumple.)

This summer, Phoenix will explore a number of iconic retro places in California, including the Wig Wam Motel in San Bernadino -- where he held a one-night-only event in June to celebrate both the Rt. 66 landmark’s recent National Register listing and also its dedicated owners/restorers -- and the upcoming Moonlight Rollerway Jubilee in Glendale.

We caught up with Phoenix in between all these hopping events to learn what first instilled in him his love for kitsch, what places have inspired him over the years, and why he doesn’t consider himself a preservationist.
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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.

 

Credit: Diana Larrea
The ART History Mural Project and an exclusive Instagram contest will take place at the Miami Marine Stadium on Saturday, June 28.

It hasn't been long since we featured a young Miami preservationist, Ivan Robles, who's working to bring attention to saving the Miami Marine Stadium, but we're back with more exciting stadium news.

Next Saturday, June 28, the National Trust is partnering with Friends of Miami Marine Stadium (FMMS) to launch a Day of Art and Action, a daylong celebration of the historic stadium. Three big things are happening that day:

  1. Gloria Estefan -- a trustee of the National Trust -- will join other representatives from the National Trust to unveil several accomplishments in the campaign to restore the stadium.
  2. The highly anticipated ART History Mural Project will bring nine internationally known artists to the stadium to create large-scale murals.
  3. There will be an Instagram contest hosted by the National Trust, in which the 30 best "Instagrammers" of Miami will get to meet Gloria Estefan, the nine world-renowned artists, and Hilario Candela, the stadium's architect.

There's a lot to look forward to, but before next weekend, let's take a closer look at the artistic event that will directly benefit the stadium, as well as the man behind it: Craig O'Neil.
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Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.

Young Preservationist Focuses His Lens on Miami Marine Stadium

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by Steven Piccione

 

Credit: Ivan Robles
Ivan Robles, right, a Miami native, hopes to be a liaison between the older generation that has grown up with the Miami Marine Stadium and the current generation.

Younger generations are vitally important for the continuation of historic preservation. That is why we at the National Trust responded enthusiastically to a request from Ivan Robles, a sophomore at Miami Beach Senior High School, to share his photographs of the Miami Marine Stadium, one of our National Treasures. We chatted with Ivan to learn how this unique space inspires him.
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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.

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.

CityLove: Boise According to Local Preservationist Kris Wilson

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 4 Comments

 

Kris Wilson, Program Manager at the Idaho Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Credit: Kris Wilson
Kris Wilson, Program Manager at the Idaho Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

As part of the CityLove Blog series, we wanted to highlight a local leader -- someone who is in the city, living the preservation-minded, place-loving life. For this month’s city of Boise, we chose Kris Wilson, Program Manager at the Idaho Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. We hope you enjoy our chat with him!... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

 

We're periodically featuring posts from our colleague Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel at the National Trust and a 2013 Rome Prize winner in Historic Preservation from the American Academy. (Follow Preservation Leadership Forum for Tom's periodic essays on "why old places matter.") Here on PreservationNation, he'll be sharing his reflections on preservation at home and abroad.

Patricia Cronin's "Ghosts" exhibit at Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy. Credit: Thompson Mayes
Patricia Cronin's "Ghosts" exhibit at Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy

“Context is everything,” says Patricia Cronin, talking about the placement of her art in old and historic places --  from the three-ton marble monument "Memorial to a Marriage" in historic Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, to her evanescent fabric Ghosts in Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome.

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