Local Preservationists

 

By Kathleen M. Yasas, President, Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc.

A bird's-eye-view of The Sherburne Inn today. Credit: Rick L. Crowell Photography
A bird's-eye-view of The Sherburne Inn today.

There was no Jimmy Stewart. No basket full of cash spilled onto a table to get George Bailey out of trouble. No little girl telling her daddy that every time a bell sounds an angel gets his wings. But there is no question that angels were close by on December 6, 2013, when The Sherburne Inn opened its doors for the first time in more than decade to welcome over a hundred people to gather and celebrate the rebirth of a century-old landmark.... Read More →

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The library and accompanying saucer were built in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy, Jr. Credit: Michael Gannon, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The library and accompanying saucer were built in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy, Jr.

The flying saucer hovering above the doorway of the public library in Hyattsville, Md., is meant to look futuristic, a poured-concrete ode to the Space Race and America’s midcentury fascination with all things extraterrestrial.

Inside, though, the 1964 building is notably dated. “There’s no technology infrastructure,” explains Michael Gannon, associate director for support services at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. “There are very few electrical outlets, and it’s also barely ADA compliant.” He adds that the windows in the building had to be bolted shut after they frequently slid open by themselves.

Although plans to replace the low-slung, brick modernist building with a brand-new structure are underway, a small but vocal Hyattsville group has spoken out in favor of preserving the approximately 20-foot tall glass and concrete saucer, as well as the library as a whole. The “Save Our Saucer” campaign has garnered more than 500 Facebook “likes,” and while the tone on the page is humorous and lighthearted, giving “Saucer” a personality (a post from last August features the cover of “The Flying Saucer Mystery,” a Nancy Drew novel, while the caption reads “What Saucer read over the weekend”), it’s clear that the space-age relic holds a cherished place in the hearts of longtime Hyattsville residents.... 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.

Meet Phoenix's Modern Maven: Aspire Award Winner Alison King

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Alison King, 2013 Aspire Award Winner, in action in Phoenix. Credit: Alison King
Alison King, 2013 Aspire Award Winner, in action in Phoenix.

When asked how she got involved in preservation in Phoenix, Ariz., Alison King laughs and says, “Well, not on purpose.”

King, the winner of the 2013 American Express Aspire Award for her work with the Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network and ModernPhoenix.net, has spent much of the last decade documenting and building a network around modern architecture in the city.

“When I moved back to Phoenix after being away for 10 years, I was interested in finding out what my lifestyle would be like,” King, who was born in nearby Scottsdale, says. As she and her husband explored the city and surrounding neighborhoods, King’s background in design and art history drew her attention to the unique design of many of the structures. As she started to delve deeper into Phoenix’s architectural back story, she realized that most of the buildings that had captured her interest had no historic preservation protections.... 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.

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.

Cities in Focus: Meet St. Louis

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 17 Comments

 

St. Louis skyline at night. Credit: ryanarcher.com
STL's night skyline

The Community Outreach Team sees a pretty constant stream of inspiration for what we do -- a young preservationists group forming in Philly, new Main Street projects in Iowa, the legacy bar program in San Francisco, etc. So, we were thinking -- how can we share some of these inspiring things with a bigger audience?  Our answer: Cities in Focus.

In this new monthly blog series, we'll pick a city and highlight some of the cool, inspiring things we see happening there, both in the traditional preservation field and beyond. We certainly can’t cover all the cool preservation things happening in a city, but we see this as a small start designed to spark your interest and get you interested in learning more. We think it’s going to pretty darn cool, but then again, we’re biased.

Our first City in Focus takes us down to St. Louis, Missouri. Home of the St. Louis Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and, oh yeah, the Arch. Here’s what stood out to us preservation-wise in the “Gateway to the West.”... 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.

Ogden High School: How A Utah Community Saved Its Beloved Art Deco Gem

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 4 Comments

 

Ogden High School’s Art Deco design has been an icon in the community since the 1930s. Credit: Ogden School Foundation
Ogden High School’s Art Deco design has been an icon in the community since the 1930s.

Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah, has been a community gathering place and source of civic pride since the 1930s. The first million-dollar high school in the state, it is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture.

But after graduating 115,000 students over 70 years, the high school was showing its age. The local community, city school district, and private donors rallied around the iconic building to support a $64-million, multi-year rehabilitation and restoration.... 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.