National Treasures

The Future for the Houston Astrodome Looks Bleak

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Grant Stevens 2 Comments

 

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Tuesday, November 5, was a disappointing day for the Our Astrodome Coalition, the Dome Mobile team, and the Houston Astrodome. Though the Dome Mobile had an overwhelmingly positive response everywhere it went, Proposition 2 ultimately failed to pass among Harris County voters. The vote, which would have allowed bonds to be issued for the redevelopment of the Dome as the world’s largest special events space, had a closing tally of 111,888 (46.57%) for the proposition and 128,385 (53.43%) against.

A final decision regarding the fate of the Dome now rests with the Harris County Commissioners. Previously, the Commissioners had said that if the bond did not pass, they would recommend demolition. On Tuesday night, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said, "We're going to have to do something quick. We can't allow the once-proud Dome to sit like a rusting ship in the middle of a parking lot."... 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.

 

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 →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for 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.

Roamin' with the Dome Mobile: "Behind the Scenes" Edition

Posted on: November 2nd, 2013 by Grant Stevens

 


The Dome Mobile Team has perfected their setup routine, as this video demonstrates.

Last Saturday, we introduced you to the Dome Mobile and highlighted some of the messages people have been leaving on our Memory wall. This week, we‘re taking you "Behind the Scenes" of the Dome Mobile and sharing a bit more about how it all works.... 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.

Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins: Halloween Thrills at National Treasures

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

Lyndhurst entryway at Halloween. Credit: Krystyn Silver
Lyndhurst entryway at Halloween

Creaking stairs, mysterious drafts, and flickering lights are year-round attractions at most historic houses. And there’s no better time than Halloween to celebrate those things that make chills run down your spine.

This year, three of the National Trust's former and current National Treasures sites -- Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, N.Y.; the Village of Zoar in Zoar, Ohio; and Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco -- are going all-out for the spookiest time of year, presenting Halloween-inspired tours and sharing stories sure to raise a few goosebumps.... 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.

Miami Instagrammers Take Over Miami Marine Stadium

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Adriana Gallegos 1 Comment

 

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Want to catch someone’s attention in Miami? Then you better do something flashy, fun, and visually appealing.... Read More →

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Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos is the Blogger Outreach Manager working to inform bloggers and online influencers about the National Trust’s mission. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family both in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burgos, Spain.