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Redevelopment plans for the furnaces include a possible sound stage or concert hall.

Redevelopment plans for the furnaces include a possible sound stage or concert hall.

What happens when you try to save something that was never meant to be preserved?

This is a question that August Carlino, president and CEO of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pennsylvania, is trying to answer. He’s searching for the best way to transform the Carrie Furnaces, two blast furnaces built in 1907 as part of the Carnegie Steel Company’s Homestead Works, into something that the post-industrial Pittsburgh region can be proud of.

“These things were never meant to be saved the way they were built,” Carlino says of the two remaining 92-foot-tall blast furnaces, which once produced about 1,250 tons of “pig iron,” used in the production of steel, a day. “They were meant to be put to some use and torn down, and for something else to be built there.”... 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.

[Slideshow] Sitings: Shadows-on-the-Teche

Posted on: March 16th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 4 Comments

 

The Shadows at magic hour. Credit: adie reed, Flickr
The Shadows at magic hour

You can't help but get a little more pep in your step when spring arrives, and for preservationists, that often means escaping the indoors to go visit beautiful historic places.

But in case you can't make it to all those places on your historic bucket list right now, we'll bring the scenery to you -- with a fresh slideshow each week featuring shots and scenes from the lovely historic sites of the National Trust.

First up: The Shadows in New Iberia, Louisiana. March is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit this historic antebellum house museum, with live oaks, Spanish moss, and the Bayou Teche bringing nature right up to the front door. The Shadows is open year-round, Monday thru Saturday, with guided tours daily, so definitely plan a visit if you're in the area.

We hope one day you have the chance to experience the rich culture and history of this Gulf Coast treasure firsthand. In the meantime, enjoy this week's Sitings slideshow!

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

[SLIDESHOW] Instagram Tour: Nantucket Lightship

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Roberta Lane

 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time at the National Trust, it’s that people love lighthouses. I’ve had the privilege of working with a passionate, effective corps of advocates for these romantic beacons, and have often met fans who make a point of visiting lighthouses while touring around our country.

There is a similar band of preservationists focused on saving historic vessels. I think people are so compelled by these elements of our maritime heritage because they represent the best of the American spirit -- ingenuity, grit, sacrifice, and adventure.

So I find it really satisfying, but not surprising, to see how much delight is inspired by the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a floating lighthouse and one of our National Treasures. You can learn more about the Lightship and our work there on SavingPlaces.org, but in the meantime, enjoy a photographic jaunt through this endearing (floating) place.

Find me on Instagram at robertal7, and the National Trust at presnation.

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.

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane is the Senior Field Officer and Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York City Field Office. She has been with the National Trust since 2006, delivering preservation technical assistance and legal guidance in the field.

[SLIDESHOW] Instagram Tour: Mount Auburn Cemetery

Posted on: January 7th, 2013 by Roberta Lane 1 Comment

 

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., is one of the most significant historic cemeteries in the country, an astounding public amenity and site of repose, and one of my favorite places. Opened in 1831, this National Historic Landmark was among the first "landscape cemeteries," a major departure from the stark burying grounds that came before. And it also happens to be a couple of short miles from my home.

Now, a confession: I'm addicted to Instagram. And for a while after becoming addicted, I actually held off on photographing at Mount Auburn. I was saving it, as I wanted to be there on the perfect day, with unlimited time, because the artistry and design collected there are out of this world.

And that's the point, right? Transcendence. What I really wanted was to channel historic Mount Auburn’s transcendence out to others, using this handy tool for connecting with people around the world.

The result is my first "Instagram Tour," in which I'll take you through some of my favorite spots in the cemetery and share fun facts along the way. I hope you'll get to visit in person one day, but until then, let this virtual tour whet your appetite.

Find me on Instagram at robertal7, and the National Trust at presnation.

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.

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane is the Senior Field Officer and Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York City Field Office. She has been with the National Trust since 2006, delivering preservation technical assistance and legal guidance in the field.

[SLIDESHOW] Dispatches from a Cross-Country Road Trip

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

I had my camera at the ready when I and my partner, Blaise, moved from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles this past summer -- and drove the entire way. (Remember when I blogged about it?)

You can read more about my adventure in our upcoming Winter 2013 issue of Preservation magazine issue, but for now, explore some additional behind-the-scenes photos of my journey.

Do you have cool road trip pictures to share? Head over to our Facebook page and show us what you've got!

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.