Local Preservationists

Mad River Glen’s Single-Chair Lift: Restoring an Icon

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

Left: Crews remove the aging towers from their concrete bases. Right: The single-chair lift takes one skier per chair on a 12-minute ride to the top of General Stark Mountain.
Left: Crews remove the aging towers from their concrete bases. Right: The single-chair lift takes one skier per chair on a 12-minute ride to the top of General Stark Mountain.

Mad River Glen ski area in Vermont’s Green Mountain Range isn’t like most ski areas. As you’ll read in the Winter 2015 issue of Preservation, it tends to buck the trends: It rarely uses manmade snow, it does minimal grooming of its trails, it forbids snowboarding, and it’s owned by its skiers, who formed the Mad River Glen Cooperative in 1995.

In fact, Mad River Glen today looks much the way it did when it celebrated its grand opening 66 years ago.... 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.

Preserving Latino History at Pike Park in Dallas

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by Geoff Montes 5 Comments

 

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This historical photo shows Pike Park's Spanish Colonial recreation center soon after its 1914 construction. The building -- which is now closed to the public -- has undergone a series of modifications, including the removal of the upper floor. 

In Dallas, the ethnic enclave once known as Little Mexico has undergone a rapid shift in the 21st century. The nearby American Airlines Center -- home of the Dallas Mavericks -- opened in 2001, ushering in an era of change; real estate developers gobbled up what was left of the single-family housing stock and began erecting market-rate condominiums and office towers. Real estate agents have sleekly rebranded the neighborhood as “Uptown,” a rare walkable area the auto-centric city. But the hundred-year-old Pike Park -- a four-acre green space tucked away in the neighborhood’s southwest corner -- remains as a relic of an era long gone.... 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.

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

 

HPTC’s Phillip Bailey instructs corpsmembers on preservation masonry techniques.
HPTC’s Phillip Bailey instructs corpsmembers on preservation masonry techniques.

It’s been a busy first nine months for the Hands-On Preservation Experience. From historic stable rehabilitation in Virginia, to headstone cleaning and repair in Montana, and shotgun house repairs in Georgia, the program’s burgeoning portfolio of diverse projects has seen over 100 young people and veterans from all across the country introduced to the world of preservation.

The National Trust has not been able to do this alone, as the success of this program lies in the partnerships that have formed since its beginning. From the Corps Network’s direct connection to 100+ corps in all 50 states, to the National Park Service’s array of fully funded projects, these projects would not have been possible without our partners’ shared vision of providing training and education opportunities for corpsmembers.

Of the many and varied partners involved in HOPE Crew, few are as well-positioned to help ensure work meets the Secretary of Interior’s Standards -- and open the door to for future careers in preservation -- quite like the Historic Preservation Training Center.... Read More →

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Tom Wall

Tom Wall is the Associate Manager of Community Outreach. His background includes television production, journalism, nonprofit communications, and marketing. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

[Retro Roadmap] The Roxy Theatre – Northampton, Pennsylvania

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Beth Lennon

 

The only single screen movie house for miles, patrons line up below the glow of the Roxy’s marquee.
The only single screen movie house for miles, patrons line up below the glow of the Roxy’s marquee.

At the beginning of the 20th century, before the advent of TV and way before the Internet, it was common for many small towns to have more than one theater offering a variety of entertainment. Fast forward to today at the beginning of the 21st century, and finding any downtown theater is a rarity.

Even more rare is to find a place like the Roxy Theatre. Located in the small town of Northampton, Pennsylvania, the Roxy is a lovingly restored Art Deco movie house and live venue, complete with working pipe organ and dazzling marquee.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

Preserving Latino History in East Harlem with Augmented Reality

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

A demonstration of the "Mi Querido Barrio" app on a tablet.
A demonstration of the "Mi Querido Barrio" app on a tablet

A type of digital imaging technology known as augmented reality (AR) is playing a starring role in an upcoming initiative that documents the Caribbean and Latino history of East Harlem in New York City. The project is called Mi Querido Barrio (“My Beloved Neighborhood”), and is the brainchild of Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega, president and founder of the New York-based Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI).... 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.

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

[Historic Bars] The Tonga Room in San Francisco

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Aloha, historic bar lovers! It's time to escape chilly winter temps and enjoy warmer climes inside historic tiki bars, those Polynesian-inspired spots known for their island flair and exotic cocktails. Next up: the Tonga Room in San Francisco.

A floating barge in the middle of the Tonga Room’s “lagoon” frequently features live performers.
A floating barge in the middle of the Tonga Room’s “lagoon” frequently features live performers.

San Franciscans adore the Tonga Room. Situated in the basement of the swanky and storied Fairmont Hotel, the renowned restaurant and tiki bar is, for some of the city’s residents, woven just as deeply into the urban fabric as cable cars and the Coit Tower.

So when Mai Tai fans in the Bay Area first got wind of the possibility of their favorite historic watering hole becoming a casualty of redevelopment at the Fairmont in 2009, they did what any bar preservationists in their right mind would do -- they went to happy hour.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.