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Global Tree Project. Credit: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

When Osaka-born artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto stepped into the abandoned 1895 Holy Cross Church in Cincinnati, he got goose bumps. He knew that it was there, among the crumbling plaster and peeling paint, that he would create his next art installation.

“Hanging Garden,” as seen in the slideshow below, is one of 11 site-specific art installations that make up Turner-Yamamoto’s Global Tree Project. Other installations have been created at the Sutra Hall of the 8th-century Kiyomizu Temple, a garden in New Delhi, the Mongolian Gobi Desert, and a ruined folly on a cliff overlooking the Celtic Sea.

While he seeks to forge connections between his viewers and the natural world, in the case of “Hanging Garden,” he also created a striking connection with a historic building. We talked with Turner-Yamamoto, who now splits his time between Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., to find out why he was drawn to the church, what he hopes to inspire in viewers, and why he considers it important to save historic places.

(Please note that no trees were harmed or killed in the installation of this work.)... 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.

 

Open seasonally, the Philip Johnson Glass House offers tours, special events, and related programming to the public. Visitors can join them for the 2013 season beginning May 2. Credit: diametrik, Flickr
Open seasonally, the Philip Johnson Glass House offers tours, special events, and related programming to the public. Visitors can join them for the 2013 season beginning May 2.

From May through November, the National Trust offers the Philip Johnson Glass House's 47-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art; and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney.

If you're traveling to or around New Canaan, Conn. soon, plan your visit to this exceptional site. Or, if you're eager to start exploring, wander around the property virtually with this week's slideshow.... Read More →

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Slideshow] A Classic Boca Raton Cottage Goes Green

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

A drawing by architect Larry Barrow shows the landscaping plans for the finished house. Credit: Larry Barrow
A drawing by architect Larry Barrow shows the landscaping plans for the finished house.

When Christopher Warren decided to restore a cottage in Boca Raton, Fla., built in 1926 and designed by renowned South Florida architect Addison Mizner, his top priority was turning it into a comfortable living space for his five-person family.

It wasn’t until he spoke with architect Larry Barrow that he started to consider the possibility that they could accomplish that goal while also making the former one-story cottage as green as possible.... 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.

[Sitings] Villa Finale: From Boarding House to Local Gem

Posted on: April 20th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Villa Finale, located in the King William Historic District of San Antonio, Texas, tells the story of preservationist Walter Mathis. In 1967, Mathis purchased his home at 401 King William in a neighborhood that was in an advanced state of disrepair. Stately mansions had become poorly maintained rooming houses, some altered almost beyond recognition.... 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.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Brucemore: A Century of Stories

Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Brucemore, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a house museum and community cultural center. Visitors annually enjoy the historic mansion, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and attend a variety of special events on the estate.

The 26-acre estate tells the stories of three Cedar Rapids families, all business and social leaders, who reflected and influenced the community in which they lived. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape visitors' understanding of the American Midwest.

Brucemore offers a wide variety of concerts, theater, programs, and tours for visitors of all ages. Plan your visit today -- and if you can't make it there soon, enjoy some fun facts about the estate in this week's slideshow.

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.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.