National Treasures

Preserving an Artistic Legacy at Guerneville, Calif.’s Pond Farm

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

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The barn at Pond Farm served as a teaching space and studio for renowned ceramics artist Marguerite Wildenhain.

Students learn by doing. That’s the philosophy that midcentury artist Marguerite Wildenhain used in her ceramics workshops at art schools all over the country, and especially at her home studio of Pond Farm in northern California. Wildenhain was known for never allowing her students to keep a pot, insisting that the learning was in the process, not the finished piece.

“They were learning steps -- like the ABCs,” says Dorothy Herger, 89, an artist and former student of Wildenhain’s, of her approach to students’ work. “They weren’t there to clutter your life.”

A new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, titled "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," highlights the work of Wildenhain and other Jewish Midcentury Modern artists and designers, featuring furniture, textiles, architecture and handcrafted objects, and putting both the artists and their work in the context of the larger movement.... 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.

Preserving an Iconic Landmark in Business History: Madam C. J. Walker’s Villa Lewaro

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 3 Comments

 

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer

Credit: ToddShepera/National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Treasure reception in Irvington, N.Y., May 2014

In Irvington, N.Y., there stands Madam C. J. Walker’s “Villa Lewaro,” a restored, elegant historic residence that embodies the optimism and perseverance of American entrepreneurship. This newly designated National Treasure reveals Madam Walker’s unparalleled accomplishments in the face of a 20th-century segregated America and at a time before women had the right to vote. With the rising success of Oprah Winfrey, Ursula Burns, Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks, Indra Nooyi, Mary Barra, and other businesswomen, it’s important that we preserve the past to enrich the future.... Read More →

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[PHOTOS] Lost Relics of the 1964-65 World’s Fair

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Credit: Bill Cotter
The Eastman Kodak pavilion during the demolition process in the years following the 1964-65 World's Fair in Queens, N.Y.

What happens to a building that is no longer standing?

Sure, we know that the physical space that the structure once occupied is cleared, and that the debris gets carted away. But how do we remember a built space that we can no longer access, or that no longer exists? For many visitors at the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, N.Y., their memories only live on through souvenirs, photographs, and stories. Almost all of the fair’s roughly 150 pavilions are gone.

Below, we highlight popular 1964-65 World’s Fair sites that were either moved or demolished, or both.... 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.

Young Preservationist Focuses His Lens on Miami Marine Stadium

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by Steven Piccione

 

Credit: Ivan Robles
Ivan Robles, right, a Miami native, hopes to be a liaison between the older generation that has grown up with the Miami Marine Stadium and the current generation.

Younger generations are vitally important for the continuation of historic preservation. That is why we at the National Trust responded enthusiastically to a request from Ivan Robles, a sophomore at Miami Beach Senior High School, to share his photographs of the Miami Marine Stadium, one of our National Treasures. We chatted with Ivan to learn how this unique space inspires him.
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Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.

CityLove: Chattanooga Edition

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 2 Comments

 

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Chattanooga, Tenn., looking toward Lookout Mountain (center left). From left to right, the bridges are: the Walnut Street Bridge (with the Hunter Museum of American Art at its base), the Market Street Bridge (officially called the the Chief John Ross Bridge), and the P.R. Oligati Bridge. 

Last week, National Trust staff members attended the annual Vanguard gathering hosted by Next City in Chattanooga, Tenn., which is where we are headed for our next edition of CityLove!

While Vanguard attendees and the National Trust staff worked to “collectively learn and think about how to tackle the challenges our cities face," they also spent some time exploring the city.

Chattanooga hasn’t always been so beautiful. In 1969, the federal government declared that Chattanooga had the dirtiest air in the nation, and since then, the city has been on a mission to clean up its image. The road to recovery hasn't been easy (the city lost 10 percent of its population in the 1980s), but substantial private and public investment has turned Chattanooga around, earning it a new nickname -- "The Scenic City."

Now known for its many outdoor attractions like Lookout Mountain (not to mention its Incline Railway), the Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden, historic preservation is certainly part of the scenery as well.... 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.

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.