National Treasures

 

Items sold at the two Astrodome “Yard Sales,
Items sold at the two Astrodome “yard sales," such as seats and Astroturf, were popular in the Dome Mobile as well as with many passionate fans.

When Jason, Beth, and I were driving around Houston in the Dome Mobile, people talked to us for many different reasons – Our charming personalities (obviously)! The swag we were handing out! The fact that we had a 26-foot truck parked somewhere they wanted to be! But they were also drawn in by two very Astrodome-specific things:

1. The end-zone Astroturf lining the floor of the Dome Mobile
2. The four orange Astrodome seats sitting in the Dome Mobile

Harris County, which owns the Astrodome, has had two different “yard sales” where devoted fans could buy assorted items from the Dome, including pieces of Astroturf and pairs of the iconic seats. In the days and weeks afterwards, we saw photos of these items showing up on our @SavingPlaces Instagram and Twitter feeds. Most often, people were buying items for the mancaves/fancaves and as gifts for others.

Though the future of the Astrodome is still complicated, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. We also asked the photographers what made them want seats from the Dome. (Ed. note: Some entries edited for length and clarity.)... 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.

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.

 

Sunrise over Fort Monroe. Credit: OkiGator, Flickr
The sun beams down on Fort Monroe.

We are very pleased to report that Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell has approved the Fort Monroe Authority’s master plan for the restoration and revitalization of historic Fort Monroe, one of our National Treasures.... Read More →

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Rob Nieweg

Rob Nieweg

Rob Nieweg is a Field Director & Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He leads the National Trust’s Washington Field Office, which works to save historic resources in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has worked as a preservation advocate since 1989.

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.

Two Nantucket Lightship Veterans Recall Their Years Onboard

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

 

Dick Arnold (left) and Peter Brunk (right). Photos courtesy United States Lightship Museum.
Dick Arnold (left) and Peter Brunk (right)

As we prepare to wrap up our National Treasures project work on the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, which now has long-term home with the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in East Boston, it seemed appropriate to take one last look at the amazing work done by the sailors on this floating lighthouse.

Rebecca Harris, a field officer in our Boston office, spoke to two veterans of the Lightship: Peter Brunk, who was captain in the early 1970s, and Richard (Dick) Arnold, who served in the mid-1950s. She asked them about their best and worst memories -- and unsurprisingly, as the Northeast heads out of hurricane season and into winter, bad weather on the shoals off New England’s coast was not a favorite.... Read More →

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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.