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Historic Train Stations (As Seen on Instagram)

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by Grant Stevens 13 Comments

 

Union Station. Credit: CocteauBoy
Detail of Union Station in Washington, D.C.

For a long time, I tried to deny it, but it’s probably time to fess up: I’m kind of a train nerd. Or at least I’m turning into one. I didn’t grow up around trains, but they have always fascinated me. I have vivid memories of visiting the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (pictured below) in elementary school and taking Amtrak from Iowa to New Mexico to get to Philmont Scout Ranch during high school.

In the last year, however, I think I’ve really realized my train nerd status. I’ve had the opportunity to travel through some beautiful train stations and several of our National Treasures projects have connections to trains. The Pullman Historic District in Chicago is home to the Pullman Palace Car; Washington, D.C.’s Union Station (where we did behind-the-scenes tours last May) is planning for a large expansion; and Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, an Art Deco masterpiece, needs public assistance to serve another generation of visitors.

I’m in Cincinnati right now, in fact, working on an exciting project for Union Terminal. (We’ll have a big announcement about that next week.) In the meantime, enjoy these photos of beautiful train stations from Instagram!... 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.

Vernacular Architecture, One Exposure At A Time

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Little Cabin Inn, Newburgh, NY. Originally an open-air fruit stand, the 1920s-era Little Cabin Inn has gone through stints as a tavern, a restaurant and vacation lodgings, and was owned and operated by the same family until its closure.
Little Cabin Inn, Newburgh, New York. Originally an open-air fruit stand, the 1920s-era Little Cabin Inn has gone through stints as a tavern, a restaurant, and vacation lodging, and is still owned and operated by the same family under the name Haven Coffee & Espresso Bar. 

In our Fall 2014 issue of Preservation magazine, we highlight a body of work shot by veteran photographers Steve Gross and Susan Daley over a period of several decades. As prolific fine art and commercial photographers, much of Gross and Daley’s output during their 30-year career has focused on historic houses, gardens, and interiors.

But while criss-crossing the country to shoot far-flung locations ranging from New Mexico to Louisiana to the Catskills, the duo were compelled to photograph the many unassuming buildings dotting the American landscape -- emblems of vernacular architecture.... Read More →

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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.

State Fairs (as Seen on Instagram)

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 


Udderly fantastic: The famous #buttercow. #iowastatefair #isthisheavennoitsiowa 

For the first time in years, I missed the Iowa State Fair. And this, blog readers, is bumming me out -- in large part because I firmly believe the Iowa State Fair is the best state fair. Yes, other state fairs are out there, but in my eyes, they just can’t compete. The Iowa State Fair has been going strong for 155 years, is home to the world-renowned Butter Cow, and was even the basis for the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair.

Having grown up in Iowa, I’m probably (definitely) a little biased. But the Fair has always been a magical place for me, something that was both the same and different each year I want. It's a continuum of ever-evolving history and experiences.

So, in a spirit of homesickness and celebration, I’ve compiled a few favorite images for you to enjoy. And to be FAIR (terrible puns are also part of the fair-going experience), I’ve also added a few photos of other state fairs, because they’ve gotta try, right?... 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.

 

Three teenagers stand on the Tent of Tomorrow’s mezzanine platform, also made of steel. Credit: Bill Cotter
Three teenagers stand on the Tent of Tomorrow’s steel mezzanine platform.

World’s Fair sites were rarely built to last. Just a handful of relics of these international expositions remain in the United States -- among them, the New York State Pavilion in Queens, New York.

Built for the 1964-54 World’s Fair, the Space Age structure dazzled visitors with visions of an exciting future. And yet 50 years later, despite decades of neglect and deterioration, the futuristic pavilion still stands in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. How did it do it?... 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.

CityLove: Explore Seattle by Instagram

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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Kerry Park -- I am having a love affair with this city.

When I think of Seattle, a city I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting yet, a couple different topics come to mind -- rain, the TV show "Frasier" (why yes indeed, I am a child of the '90s), and the Space Needle. And since starting at the National Trust, I now think of my amazing colleagues at the Preservation Green Lab, whose passion for connecting sustainability and preservation is pretty incredible.

As I was looking at photos on Instagram, however, I discovered a Seattle different then my preconceived notion -- a city of incredible natural beauty, stunning architecture (both old and new), and lots of food (making me very, very hungry).

For this CityLove post, I’ve pulled some of my favorite shots of the built environment in Seattle, which I hope you enjoy. As you look through them, I hope you take to heart the caption of the first photo, which I really love: "An appreciation for all that surrounds you, whether it be mountains or skyscrapers, will change your life."... 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.