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Six Must-See Places in Austin, Texas

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by Jason Clement 3 Comments

 

"Hi How Are You" mural in Austin, Texas. Credit: memorycardfull, Flickr
"Hi How Are You" mural in Austin, Texas

Keep Austin weird.

Printed on countless bumper stickers and tie-dye t-shirts, this phrase has become synonymous with the Hill Country metropolis. (You'll see Hill Country featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Preservation.) But is it true? Is Austin really that weird?

It depends on your definition. Having spent four amazing years there (UT, class of 2004) and many more plotting a return, I think what makes Austin "weird" is the premium it places on people, places, and experiences. With a keen eye for detail and a healthy dose of ego, the city is designed at every turn to surprise, delight, and inspire. And at the end of the day, it’s not so much that Austin is weird for doing that; it’s weird that so few places try to do the same.

So, if you come to Texas and find yourself with one day in this neck of the woods, this post is for you. I invite you to experience these six inspiring places in and around Austin and see for yourself.

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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.

Firehouse Restaurants Coast to Coast

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 3 Comments

 

Engine Co. No. 28 (exterior), Los Angeles. Credit: Engine Co. No. 28
Engine Co. No. 28, Los Angeles

You'll read about three old firehouses-turned-restaurants in our Winter 2014 issue -- Sixth Engine in Washington, D.C., Hose 22 Firehouse Grill in Rochester, N.Y., and Chicago Firehouse in Chicago. But there are so many more. We scoured the country coast to coast to find some other amazing firehouse renovation projects offering diners top-notch meals with a smoking side of history.... 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.

[Interview] A Conversation with Home Renovation Expert Bob Vila

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Lauren Walser 3 Comments

 

Bob Vila (center) at work on Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Bob Vila

We only had the space to print a snippet of the wisdom Bob Vila shared with Preservation magazine in our upcoming Winter 2014 issue, but we know you’re eager to read more. Read on for the full transcript of our interview with the star of This Old House and Bob Vila’s Home Again.

You can visit BobVila.com to learn even more. We suggest exploring his popular “How To Center” and watching his online series Building Green.... 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.

One Community's Creative Solution to Restoring Historic Windows

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by Scott Austin Sidler 4 Comments

 

Scott Sidler teaches a volunteer how to finish glaze windows. Credit: Steve Quillian
Scott Sidler teaches a volunteer how to finish glaze windows.

Last month a unique event took place in the piney woods of central Florida: A group of Florida’s leading preservationists came together to try a new way to save one of the state’s historic landmarks.... 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.

Scott Austin Sidler

Scott Austin Sidler

Scott Austin Sidler is the owner of Austin Home Restorations in Central Florida, and spends his time blogging about all things preservation, salvage, and historic on his blog, The Craftsman.

An Extended Stay for Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

Century Plaza Hotel. Credit: Andrew Hara
Exterior of the celebrated Century Plaza Hotel

Los Angeles' sweeping, 19-story Century Plaza Hotel hails from a era of Golden Age Hollywood luxury, when Elizabeth Taylor was paid the modern equivalent of $53 million to appear in the title role of the 1963 film Cleopatra.

While the film was a box-office hit, its gigantic budget nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox, prompting them to sell a 180-acre backlot to a developer to make some fast cash. That land is now Century City, home to the lavish headquarters of entertainment companies and A-list law firms, as well as the Century Plaza Hotel.... 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 editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.