Reflections

 

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Julia Morgan designed the pool at the Berkeley City Club, now a Historic Hotel of America.

Ever since our first historic pools post earlier this season, the PreservationNation staff haven’t been able to get enough of Julia Morgan-designed swimming pools. So, as we get into the dog days of summer, we figured we’d dive back in with an interview with National Trust Chief Marketing Officer and unofficial expert on the iconic architect’s aquatic wonders, Amy Maniatis.

As a Bay Area native, Amy spent her fair share of time lounging on the decks of two of Morgan’s most treasured creations, the Berkeley City Club pool and the Hearst Pool on the campus of UC Berkeley. Below, we finally put all of Amy’s leisure hours to work for a peek into why Julia Morgan’s pools were about more than a quick dip.... 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.

[Travel Itinerary] Rugby, Tennessee

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Nancy Tinker 3 Comments

 

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The Thomas Hughes Free Public Library, named after Rugby, Tennessee's founder, contains 7,000 volumes and 1,000 periodicals.

The village of historic Rugby is nestled in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, tucked within the craggy bands of mountains that define much of northeast Tennessee’s rugged landscape. The Rugby community was founded by English social reformer Thomas Hughes, a liberal member of English Parliament and author of the hugely popular novel, Tom Brown’s School Days.

Concerned about the social and economic inequity faced by England’s “second sons” and the American working class, Hughes sought to establish a cultured community free of the social constraints endemic to 19th-century society. Believing there was little desire for social reform in England, Hughes set his sights on America where he believed agricultural opportunity would give energetic and talented young men a fresh start.... Read More →

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Nancy Tinker

Nancy Tinker

Nancy Tinker is a Senior Field Officer in the Charleston Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This Eid al-Fitr, Explore Five Historic Mosques Nationwide

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Kara Timberlake No Comments

 

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The Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, D.C.

Today marks a joyous celebration for Muslims worldwide. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan concludes and followers celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that translates as “festival of breaking of the fast” and boasts feasts that, in some communities, can last up to three days.

In honor of this religious holiday, we pay homage to five historic mosques from around the country.... Read More →

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Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. An aficionado of coffee and music, she loves to discover hidden stories through reading, traveling, and meeting new people.

[Video] A Project of Stewardship in Savannah

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

By Elizabeth Byrd Wood, Senior Content Manager, Preservation Leadership Forum

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Giselle Rahn and her fiancé Matt in front of the Savannah house they are rehabbing.

Most stories about renovating an old house have to do with crumbling plaster and rotting sills. But when Giselle Rahn and her boyfriend took on the restoration of a 110-year-old house in Savannah, they soon recognized that they also faced complex issues involving social and economic status and racial disparity.... 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.

This Place Matters: A Reflection (and Gallery) on Humble Places We Love

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

The pagoda in New Orleans in 2011.
The pagoda in New Orleans in 2011

With Preservation Month all wrapped up, Ariella Cohen of Next City shared a lovely personal reflection on a place that matters to her: a quirky pagoda in New Orleans that survived Hurricane Katrina, neglect, and abandonment to find new life as a bustling community cafe.

Here's an excerpt:

By the time I made it back to the pagoda last spring, it was loud and happy and overflowing with activity -- the way I’d always thought it should be. A young man I recognized from the neighborhood was working behind the counter. A friend was playing guitar on the deck. The greens on my breakfast taco came from an urban farm staffed by New Orleans youth. The pagoda was -- and is -- a place that matters.

Read the full story and see the cafe's terrific transformation here. Bonus: a cool gallery of some of Next City's favorite "This Place Matters" photos from Preservation Month!

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.

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.

Photo Essay: Why Do Old Places Matter?

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by Priya Chhaya

 

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Santa Sabina in Rome is an example of how a place can inspire awe and reflection.

In 2013 Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was selected as a winner of the Rome Prize, which is awarded to about 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence.

When he isn’t working on legal complexities, Mayes has been considering the role historic places play in everyday life. This prestigious award sent him to Rome on a six-month tour of discovery where he sought to answer the question: Why do old places matter? This photo essay presents Mayes’ answers along with links to longer posts on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog that explore the answers in more depth.... Read More →

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Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.