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Artist Bill Warren hand paints the lettering on a window at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery.

There’s a renaissance happening in the small town of Water Valley, Miss., as you read in the Spring 2014 issue of Preservation magazine.

Long-vacant storefronts are now teeming with life. Residents and visitors spend afternoons and evenings on Main Street, grabbing a sandwich at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery, a new market and eatery started by a local couple in a 140-year-old brick building; snacking on ice cream at Turnage Drug Store, a 109-year-old family-owned Water Valley institution; or perusing the latest shows at Bozarts Gallery or Yalo Studio, two new galleries in storefronts dating to the 1840s and 1910, respectively.

But it’s not just the newly renovated buildings that have brought vigor to Water Valley. A major part of the town’s revival comes from the beautiful, hand-painted signs lining Main Street, welcoming shoppers to stores and creating a unique visual identity for the town.... 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.

Tour Modern Houston by Instagram

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Houston Instagram. Credit: jbuono - MFA
[Earlier this month was] the Docomomo US Modernism Symposium in Houston. Posting some landmarks from the area: Culinan Hall & Brown Pavilion, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1954-1974) Mies van der Rohe with Staub, Rather, & Howze. -- @jbuono, Jon Buono

DoCoMoMo. Say it slowly with us: Do-Co-Mo-Mo. It’s a word, it’s an acronym, it's an advocate for modern buildings. DoCoMoMo, which stands for Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement, is actually a national and international organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

March 13-15, the City of Houston and Houston Mod played host to the DoCoMoMO US National Symposium: Modernism in Texas.  Because you may not have been able to attend, we though we'd share some highlights through an Instagram tour.... 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.

#SaveTheDome Selfies: Showing Love for a National Treasure

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 


#astrodome #houston #8thWonderOfTheWorld -- @robbmaddox, Robb Maddox

Houston in March means one thing: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You name it, and it’s probably happening during the Rodeo's 20-day run. In 2013, over 2.5 million people came to the Rodeo, and each year the concert list is a who’s who of pop and country music performers.

The Rodeo takes place in Reliant Park, home of the Astrodome, and National Trust staff recently noticed something a little out of the ordinary: People are taking selfies with the Astrodome! Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorites for you to enjoy.... 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.

PHOTO TOUR: Revitalization Through Adaptive Reuse in Vallejo, Calif.

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Meghan Drueding

 

Credit: Leah Nash
Temple Art Lofts in Vallejo, Calif.

In the upcoming Spring issue of Preservation, we explore Vallejo, Calif., through the lens of the Temple Art Lofts, an adaptive reuse building that symbolizes the city’s decline and renewal. Through the 1990s, Vallejo’s economy boomed, thanks to the presence of the U.S. Navy’s Mare Island base. But when the Navy left in 1996, the dollars spent at local businesses dried up, and by 2008 the city had declared bankruptcy.

Now, the skyrocketing price of real estate elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area is causing developers and entrepreneurs to take a second look at Vallejo. Case in point: developer Meea Kang, who boldly converted a pair of derelict historic buildings into the award-winning Temple Art Lofts.

We had so many great photos of the Lofts and the surrounding city that we couldn’t use them all in our print story. So we’ve collected a few of our favorites here. Join us on behind the scenes in the waterfront city of Vallejo.... 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.

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding is the managing editor of Preservation magazine. She has a weakness for mid-century modern, walkable cities, and coffee table books about architecture and design.

CityLove: Tour Little Rock by Instagram

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Little Rock Instagram. Credit: loughran20
Another sunset walk along the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. -- @loughran20, Allister Loughran

Up next in our CityLove blog series: Little Rock, Arkansas. Named after a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: "the little rock"), the "little rock" was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing.

However, our research and conversations have convinced us that the only “little” part of Little Rock is its name. This community is embracing its history, incredible cultural resources, and it’s natural surroundings in a big way, all of which we'll explore in our future CityLove posts.

This month, we wanted to mix things up a little bit, so we’re starting with our Instagram tour. Be sure to check back in coming weeks for our overview of the city, as well as an interview with a local preservationist. Enjoy!... 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.