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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.

[10 on Tuesday] How to Save a Historic Veterans Affairs Hospital Campus

Posted on: November 12th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Amy Cole and Jenny Buddenborg, Denver Field Office

There are 150 historic hospital campuses operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs today, but many are threatened with closure, replacement with a “shiny, new” facility, or demolition of signature historic buildings. A new report from the National Trust offers recommendations for saving these campuses and buildings, and today’s toolkit boils it down to tips and examples you can use in your community.... Read More →

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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 →

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.

 

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.