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[Preservation Tips & Tools] Round-Up: The Starter Kit for Renovating Historic Homes

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

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Buying a historic house with the intention of fixing it up is a significant undertaking -- and one that can come with its share of surprises. Understanding how to ask the right questions before you begin renovating is key to the overall success of your project. This round-up of toolkits from the 10 on Tuesday vault (now Preservation Tips & Tools) will help give you an idea of what to consider and how to find sensible solutions as you look to restore or rehabilitate your newly acquired treasure. ... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

This Old House: Fisherman Brown’s Cottage

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Guest Writer 2 Comments

 

Written by Susan Pollack

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Susan Pollack and her husband spent years hunting for their dream home, ultimately choosing this 1735 cottage in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The day my husband and I bought our house, the real estate agent gave us a loose-leaf binder with copies of maps and deeds dating back to 1735, when a fisherman named Joseph Brown built the Cape Ann Cottage.

For years we had looked at houses. We’d hoped to find a roomy, if neglected, Victorian that, with our efforts, might one day resemble one of the Gloucester houses celebrated by Edward Hopper. But “an antique?” That’s how our agent described the tiny gambrel-roofed cottage. Seeing its exposed adze-hewn beams, wide pine floorboards and fireplace, we said yes immediately.

I had lived in other people’s homes all of my adult life. Suddenly, I was not only a homeowner, but a steward of a piece of Cape Ann history. What does it mean to acquire a building with an historic marker posted on its clapboards? Does one’s responsibility go beyond keeping cedar shingles on the roof and a satellite dish off it? When you buy a house, do you inherit a responsibility to its history as well?... Read More →

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Written by Kristi Eaton

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This photo shows the Rio Siesta Motel sign along Route 66 in Oklahoma in 1983.

Billboards, the ubiquitous advertising tool that sells everything from toothpaste to cars to dental service, have changed a lot over the years.

Now, a group of sign-makers, community activists, and Route 66 enthusiasts are coming together in Oklahoma to try to preserve and restore historical billboards, murals, and other signs from across the country with the eventual goal to open up a museum dedicated purely to this American tradition. The group envisions the Billboard Museum as an educational museum immersing visitors in the history and how-to of sign making at a yet-to-be determined location along Route 66 in the Oklahoma City metro area.... 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.

Honoring Veterans in Our Historic Preservation Work

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Tim Mikulski, Manager of Public Affairs

Old Main is the only original Soldiers Home building in the country designed to combine multiple basic veteran care functions under one roof.
Old Main is the only original Soldiers Home building in the country designed to combine multiple basic veteran care functions under one roof.

In honor of those who have served in the armed forces, we wanted to highlight and update some of the work that the National Trust has been doing to preserve and protect sites that are significant to veterans.

We are currently working to prevent the closure of Battle Mountain Sanitarium in South Dakota, protecting Hawaii’s Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial from demolition, and finding ways to restore and reuse many buildings at the Milwaukee Soldiers Home campus in Wisconsin. Our staff also worked with the American Legion to pass a resolution in support of stewarding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) historic properties.

In addition to our National Treasures work, our first all-veteran HOPE (Hands-On Preservation Experience) Crew began working to restore cemetery headstones at Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana.

So what better time than Veterans Day to share where we stand on these important projects? Here goes:... 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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

HOPE Crew Restores Historic Shotgun Houses in Atlanta

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

Corpsmember Tony stands in front of the shotgun home he is helping to restore.
Corpsmember Tony stands in front of the shotgun home he is helping to restore.

There are right ways and there are wrong ways to paint a historic house. And the six young corpsmembers who worked on the restoration of a pair of shotgun houses within the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta didn’t make a single brushstroke until they learned the right way.... 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.