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Singer and songwriter Ben Folds launched the Save Studio A Campaign last year and has joined the National Trust in naming Music Row a National Treasure.

In the upcoming Summer 2015 issue of Preservation, the multi-talented Ben Folds talks with us about his fight to save Nashville’s RCA Studio A, the iconic 1960s recording studio he has leased for more than a decade. After learning last summer that it was being sold to a developer, the singer, songwriter, and producer launched the Save Studio A Campaign. And earlier this year, he joined the National Trust in naming Music Row a National Treasure. Read on for more from our interview.... Read More →

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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.

 

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Chambers Bay is the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open Championship.

Today, the best golfers from around the world will tee off in the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course outside of Tacoma, Washington.

On top of making history as the first course in the Pacific Northwest to ever host the event, Chambers Bay has an interesting story of its own. The site was once home to an ancient Native American fishing village, a military fort, a sand and gravel mine, a conservation area, a waste water treatment facility, and now, of course, a championship-caliber golf course.

But of the many historic venues that have hosted the U.S. Open over the years, only four have transcended the game of golf and established themselves as icons of American history as National Historic Landmarks. Continue reading to find out which courses have made the cut.... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Oak Alley Plantation, Host to Vampires and Beyoncé

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by Katherine Flynn 5 Comments

 

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The Oak Alley Plantation house was completed in 1839 and first restored in 1925.

In this summer’s upcoming issue of Preservation, we bring you the story of the Lombard Plantation house in New Orleans, one of the only surviving structures from the city’s 19th-century agricultural past. Period furniture and a plethora of original details, like hand-stenciled wallpaper and preserved pine floors, are just a few of the features that give the 1826 Creole-style home such a strong connection to the city’s heritage.

These remarkable historical characteristics were part of what made Hollywood location scouts single it out for the 2006 time-travel thriller "Déjà Vu," starring Denzel Washington. Its relatively modest footprint ultimately wasn’t big enough to accommodate the necessary camera equipment and crews, but set designers were able to recreate an exact replica of the house’s first floor in a New Orleans warehouse, creating an authentic backdrop for the film’s events.

While Louisiana does have tax incentives meant to entice filmmakers to the Pelican State, its unique historic architecture and natural beauty are photogenic enough to form the perfect setting for any unfolding fictional drama. One particularly popular filming location is Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, about an hour’s drive from New Orleans.... 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.

[Summer Concert Series] Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by David Weible

 

Summer is concert season, and as part of our own summer concert series, we're putting the spotlight on places that have witnessed some of the most memorable musical performances in American history. Some are traditional venues, and others… well, not so much. But they all have two things in common: terrific music and fascinating history.

Liner Notes

Performer(s): Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carl Perkins, the Tennessee Three, and the Statler Brothers

Venue: Folsom State Prison

Location: Represa, California

Date: January 13, 1968

Memorable Moment: The night before the show, Cash was presented with an original recording of an inmate who was serving life at Folsom. He liked the song, “Greystone Chapel,” so much, he recorded it as part of the show the next day.

Show Vibe: Roughly 1,000 inmates desperate for entertainment but surrounded by armed guards provided a unique atmosphere.

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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.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Welcome back, Historic Bars series! Let's start it off right with a trip to Milwaukee.

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The Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery is now a tavern, event center, and gift shop.

Before it was in the hand of every horn-rimmed, flannel-clad, suspender-wearing urban farmer (read: “hipster”), Pabst Blue Ribbon was a classic, blue-collar American beer down on its luck.

The same could be said for the actual Pabst Brewery, though its hero was a genuine, good-natured guy by the name of Jim Haertel, now the owner of Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.... 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.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[PHOTOS] Harewood: A Tour of Samuel Washington’s Home

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by David Weible 1 Comment

 

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Sure, you learned about George Washington in grade school, but how much do you really know the Washington family?

The PreservationNation blog was lucky enough to score a tour of the West Virginia home of Samuel Washington, younger brother of George. Read on for exclusive photos and a glimpse into the history of one of America's most famous families.... 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.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.