Modern Architecture

10 Preservation Wins in 2013

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 9 Comments

 

For anyone worried that year '13 would prove unlucky for the beautiful places in our midst, take heart: Though we did lose some irreplaceable historic places this past year, we also celebrated a remarkable number of preservation wins throughout the country. Let's look back at some of 2013's biggest success stories and get inspired for the year ahead!... 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.

An Extended Stay for Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

Century Plaza Hotel. Credit: Andrew Hara
Exterior of the celebrated Century Plaza Hotel

Los Angeles' sweeping, 19-story Century Plaza Hotel hails from a era of Golden Age Hollywood luxury, when Elizabeth Taylor was paid the modern equivalent of $53 million to appear in the title role of the 1963 film Cleopatra.

While the film was a box-office hit, its gigantic budget nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox, prompting them to sell a 180-acre backlot to a developer to make some fast cash. That land is now Century City, home to the lavish headquarters of entertainment companies and A-list law firms, as well as the Century Plaza Hotel.... 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.

The Houston Astrodome: The Saga Continues

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by Jason Clement 11 Comments

 

Astrodome in the morning. Credit: Randall Pugh, Flickr

So, what’s happening with the Astrodome?

That’s a question that has plagued Houstonians for years -- if not decades -- and today, we’re no closer to answering it. You might remember that our last post on this subject was titled “The Future for the Houston Astrodome Looks Bleak.”

Well, as it turns out, a more accurate title would have been, “The Future for the Houston Astrodome Is ... Complicated.” Here’s why. ... Read More →

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Jason Clement

Jason Clement

Jason Lloyd Clement is the director of community outreach at the National Trust, which is really just a fancy way of saying he’s a professional place lover. For him, any day that involves a bike, a camera, and a gritty historic neighborhood is basically the best day ever.

 

Stephanie Meeks (right) answering questions on Twitter during June's 11 Most Endangered chat.
Stephanie Meeks (right) answering questions on Twitter during June's 11 Most Endangered chat.

Modern and recent past buildings have been having a rough time of it lately:

We've been having these same conversations at the National Trust -- now more than ever as we "walk the talk" on Modernism in a whole new way with our move to Washington, D.C.'s iconic Watergate Office Building.

It's not enough for just us to be having the conversation, though. We also want to hear from you about Modernism. So we're hosting a Twitter chat with Stephanie Meeks (@SavePlacesPres) on Tuesday, December 17 from 3:30-4:30 EST.... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

We're Moving to the Watergate!

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 5 Comments

 

The mixed-use Watergate Complex has five buildings, all of which are on the National Register. Credit: Chirag D. Shah, Flickr
The mixed-use Watergate Complex has five buildings, all of which are on the National Register.

If you haven’t heard the news yet, those of us at National Trust for Historic Preservation headquarters here in Washington, D.C., will move into new digs in the historic Watergate complex on December 9.... 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.

 

Every preservationist, whether new to the game or a seasoned saver, walks into a fight knowing there's always a chance for loss. It's one of the unfortunate side effects of our cause -- that not every building will stay around for the next generation.

Now that sad moment has come for our National Treasure Prentice Women's Hospital, a Modernist icon in Chicago that is currently being demolished to make way for a new Northwestern University building.

But with loss comes hope. Losses can galvanize us. They remind us what's worth fighting for. And they inspire us to make sure it doesn't happen to other much-loved places elsewhere in the country.

As the scaffolding goes up around Prentice, we sat down with our colleague Chris Morris, a senior field officer for the National Trust who's been dedicated to Prentice since day 1. Here's what she had to say about the hospital, Modernism, and moving forward.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of 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.