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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 →

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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 →

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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.

 

By Christine Madrid French, Project Director, Preservation Capen, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Project Director Christine Madrid French, with "Ginger" floating on the lake. Credit: Christine Madrid French
Project Director Christine Madrid French, with "Ginger" floating on the lake.

Veteran historic preservationists often grasp for creative opportunities to save an endangered building. In Winter Park, Florida, advocates for an 1885 house combined innovative nonprofit collaborations, engineering feats, and grassroots community outreach to mount an extraordinary preservation operation.... Read More →

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Colorado’s 1911 Silverton School Hits Preservation High

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by David Robert Weible 1 Comment

 

Silverton’s 1911 school serves grades K-12 and sits at 9,305 feet above sea level. Credit: Scott Smith
Silverton’s 1911 school serves grades K-12 and sits at 9,305 feet above sea level.

Everything is a little tougher in Silverton, Colo. Take, for example, breathing. At more than 9,300 feet, the town of some-600 sits in pretty thin air.

Then there’s the issue of getting there. Accessible only by high-mountain pass or the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, making the trek is nothing to sneeze at.

Needless to say, residents of this former mining town and National Register Historic District in southwestern Colorado are a hearty bunch, so when it came time to preserve their historic 1911 schoolhouse, there were no ifs, ands, or buts about it.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Jason Deem. Credit: Cole Geddy Photography
Jason Deem

As part of the Cities in Focus Blog series, the Community Outreach team wanted to highlight a local leader -- someone who is in the city, living the preservation-minded, place-loving life. For our first city of St. Louis, we chose Jason Deem, the owner of South Side Spaces and Nebula Coworking, as well as president of the Cherokee Station Business Association. 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.