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Heart Bombs 2014: Five Events that Showed Historic Places the Love

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by Julia Rocchi 1 Comment

 

Heart-bombing the Sattler Theatre in Buffalo. Credit: Buffalo's Young Preservationists
Heart bombing the Sattler Theatre in Buffalo

Heart bombing: an idea born of love, affection, and untold amounts of construction paper. It’s a bright, beautiful way to spotlight historic buildings, and this February, groups around the country wore their feelings on their sleeves for the places that matter to them.... 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.

Racing to Save Japanese-American History at Historic Wintersburg Village

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and manse (parsonage), with congregation, in March 1910. Credit: Wintersburg Presbyterian Church
Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and manse (parsonage), with congregation, in March 1910

Six early-20th-century buildings on a five-acre parcel of land known as Historic Wintersburg Village in Huntington Beach, Calif., tell the story of early Japanese immigrant life in the United States -- and local preservationists are racing against the clock to save the structures from demolition.... 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.

Melissa Jest Reveals Preservation’s Best-Kept Secret to Saving Places

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Brent Leggs, Author, Preserving African American Historic Places, and Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Melissa Jest in front of the John Coltrane House. Credit: Melissa Jest
Melissa Jest in front of the John Coltrane House

Sitting in the beautiful and historic St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., sipping on a gimlet, preservation advocate Melissa Jest admires the space:“This place is a wonderful example of preservation in action.”

As we began to sip our drinks and discover the layers of history around us, Jest said:  “The tools used to save St. Regis shouldn’t be kept a secret. What if local developers [from diverse communities] had the tools to bring life to vacant and fragile historic resources?”

To Jest, preservation has the potential to go to scale and increase its impact. She says cities with years of disinvestment can recover when preservation tools are used by developers at every level. As we continued to chat about preservation’s potential, I posed four questions that begin to reveal her thoughts for sustaining community character.... 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.

Opening Up the Conversation About Saving Latino History

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Tanya Bowers, Director of Diversity, and Adriana Gallegos

Little Mexico. Credit: Sol Villasana
Historical photo of Little Mexico in Dallas, Texas

Late last year, the midcentury historic Univision building in San Antonio was demolished, serving as a wake-up call to many in the Latino community. When we posted our PreservationNation story about the demolition, it received some feedback from people on Twitter:

  • “Terrible loss… could’ve made a nice museum that showcases the contributions of Latinos in broadcasting.”
  • “Texas textbooks > Revisionist history deny Latinos place in American history.”
  • “It’s important to have Latino representation. Thank you for writing this piece.”

It was evident we needed to open the conversation as to why the Univision building and other Latino sites are not being saved or getting the attention they deserve. [Case in point: A 2008 study of National Register of Historic Places listings by associated cultural group found that only .11% (95 out of 83,775) were Hispanic.] And perhaps the way in is through the example of the trailblazers who for years have given Latino history a voice.... 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.

 

Rosewood Courts’ original site plan, along a terraced hillside in East Austin, included many outdoor spaces for socializing. Credit: Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Rosewood Courts’ original site plan, along a terraced hillside in East Austin, included many outdoor spaces for socializing.

Like many American cities at the time, Austin, Texas, in the 1930s was a racially segregated place -- including with its public housing. During the years leading up to World War II, the city’s housing authority (one of the oldest in the nation) built three low-income housing communities in the East Austin neighborhood, each reserved for a single race until desegregation in the 1960s.

Santa Rita Courts, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was dedicated to Hispanic and Latino residents, while Chalmers Courts was for whites only. And Rosewood Courts, a community that may eventually join Santa Rita Courts on the National Register, was built specifically for African-Americans. Rosewood’s complex and layered history, along with its location in rapidly gentrifying East Austin, make its future a subject of intense interest to Austin preservationists.... 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.

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding is the managing editor of Preservation magazine. She has a weakness for mid-century modern, walkable cities, and coffee table books about architecture and design.