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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 →

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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.

CityLovePHL: Our Week in Instagram Shots

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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Had an awesome time last Saturday exploring Eastern State Penitentiary. Now check it out through Sut’s iPhone. -- @brilliantartistry, Jarrett Hendrix

Last week’s CityLove celebration in Philadelphia included 20 events (exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, Instameets, special events, etc.) throughout the city over eight days. To date, more than 2,700 photos have been tagged with #CityLovePHL! Wow. Philly, you’ve truly stolen our heart.

We highlighted a few of our initial tour spots in last week’s CityLovePHL post, but this week we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. Though these snapshots certainly don't cover every stop we made, we hope you enjoy getting to see a bit more of our Philadelphia fun -- and are inspired to visit and explore these incredible sites yourself!... 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.

CityLove: Meet Philadelphia

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 4 Comments

 

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Woodlands house #CityLovePHL #woodlandsphil --@mycombs, Michael Holmes. Our Monday evening meet-up was at the The Woodlands, a 54-acre beautiful oasis that includes a mansion, an 18th-century pleasure garden, and a 19th-century rural cemetery in West Philadelphia.

Since this past Saturday, National Trust staffers have been in Philadelphia as part of our on-the-ground series of CityLove events. We’ve taken people on behind-the-scenes tours throughout the city and done meet-ups in beautiful spaces. The result? We're falling head-over-heels for the City of Brotherly love. Here are just a few reasons why.... 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.

CityLove: Philadelphia by Instagram

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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It’s Friday at Love Park … #Lomo-fi -- @digitaldave, David Ford

For our next installment of CityLove, we’re headed to The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. In addition to our blog series, we’ll be doing in-person events June 14-20 in the city. If you’re in town, we hope you’ll join us!

Regardless, we wanted to spread the Philly warm-n-fuzzies to you virtually. For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking our followers to tag their photos with #CityLovePHL. Below we've chosen some of our favorites -- and we think they'll become your favorites, too.
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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.

[Instagram Tour] Behind the Scenes at Union Station

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014 by Grant Stevens 4 Comments

 

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The top of the main hall | Fun Fact: Saint Gaudens designed these statues without shields. The railroad owners felt that the bare-legged statues might offend the ladies. As a way to get back at the resistance, the sculptor decided to give the statues a little extra. There are some interesting surprises behind some of these shields. -- @brilliantartistry, Jarrett Hendrix

While waiting in the Washington, D.C., Union Station Main Hall, many visitors look up to admire the beautiful barrel-vaulted ceilings currently undergoing restoration or the statues of Roman legionnaires that look down from stories above. Rarely, however, do you see people looking back at you.

Saturday, May 31 was an exception. In partnership with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), the National Trust led four behind-the-scenes tours of Union Station, taking photographers and Instagrammers to spaces rarely open to the public.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos from the day, as well as information about each of the stops. You can find more photos on Instagram or Twitter by searching #unionstationtour. Be sure to follow @SavingPlaces too!... 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.