National Treasures

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker’s “Dream of Dreams”

Posted on: October 19th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Spotlight on National Treasures: Villa Lewaro

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Guests admire the murals and other intricate design on the ceiling in the dining room at Villa Lewaro.

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer, Preservation Division

Imagine spending the night at Villa Lewaro, the estate of business pioneer Madam C. J. Walker, reopened as a luxurious bed and breakfast.

Imagine attending a holiday party hosted by the estate’s future owners.

Imagine going on a date there for an intimate jazz performance.

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Enjoy an extended sabbatical at the exclusive property with other entrepreneurs and innovators? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there?

These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women’s history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.... 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.

 

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The Yes on 8 Action Center on Opening Night

Last week, our work to help save Union Terminal in Cincinnati took a big step forward: we celebrated the grand opening of the Yes on 8 Action Center in downtown Cincinnati -- the National Trust’s first ever pop-up!... 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.

Whitney Studio: Haven and Legacy for Early 20th-Century American Art

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Facade, New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street, NYC.
Facade, New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street, New York City

A female born in the late 19th century with the prestigious name Vanderbilt was expected to take her place at the center of Victorian high society, devoting her life to lavish parties and charitable works. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney instead became the center of a world of her own creation -- as a sculptor, arts patron, and cultivator of audiences for American artists at her New York City studio in Greenwich Village’s MacDougal Alley.

Today the studio is owned by The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Recently designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, work is underway to restore the studio to its original appearance and to share the many stories held within the walls of this National Historic Landmark.... 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.

Art is Everywhere at Pullman Historic District

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

Community members designed molds to create unique cast-iron tiles.
Community members designed molds to create unique cast-iron tiles.

Walk around Pullman Historic District today, 13 miles south of downtown Chicago, and you won’t hear the clanging of metal as luxury railcars are being manufactured.

But amazing things are still being created there.... 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.

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.

Q&A with Sherry Williams of the Bronzeville Historical Society

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 6 Comments

 

A photo of a Pullman Porter on display during a 2009 exhibit on the Great Migration at Pullman’s Hotel Florence.
A photo of a Pullman Porter on display during a 2009 exhibit on the Great Migration at Pullman’s Hotel Florence.

While the historic neighborhoods of Pullman and Bronzeville in Chicago’s South Side are 11 miles apart geographically, they are linked by a common industrial thread. Pullman, a company town established by businessman George Pullman in 1880 to house workers in his Pullman Palace rail car factory, was segregated, and the company’s numerous African-American employees were relegated to the not-so-nearby community of Bronzeville. Some made the trek to the factory every day, while others did laundry or prepared food in Pullman-owned buildings in Bronzeville.

With legislation pending for Pullman to be designated as a National Park site, history buffs in Bronzeville, like Sherry Williams, the president of the Bronzeville Historical Society, are advocating for their community’s rich history to be included in the story told at Pullman. I spoke with Williams about the Great Migration, the role that African-American workers played at Pullman, and her own personal connection to Bronzeville.... 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.