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[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Reconstruction

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 2 Comments

 

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The Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg was reconstructed in the 1930s.

In our last few posts we’ve covered restoration and rehabilitation. Today, we round off the three “R’s” of preservation with reconstruction.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards’ Four Approaches to the Treatment of Historic Properties defines it as:... Read More →

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Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

As fantastic as it is, the National Register of Historic Places can get a little confusing -- even for a seasoned pro. But fear not, because the PreservationNation blog has teamed up with Jim Gabbert, a historian with the National Park Service, to create our National Register of Historic Places Guide.

The first episode of our National Register Guide covered the basics, like what the National Register really is, how many listings it contains, and how many new listings are added each year.

Episode Two dives just a little deeper to explore the true function of the National Register. This episode answers questions like:... 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.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Restoration

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

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The mansion at James Madison's Montpelier was restored between 2003 and 2008.

"Restoration" is a term frequently used in the preservation industry, but what exactly does it mean? Is it interchangeable with preservation? Is it similar? Or does it mean something totally different?

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards’ Four Approaches to the Treatment of Historic Properties defines it as:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Bousillage

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

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The Roque House, built circa 1797, has bousillage walls on its exterior.

If you’ve ever visited a historic house in Louisiana -- particularly modest mansions, small outbuildings, or cottages of the French Colonial period -- you may have noticed mud walls on the interior or exterior of the building. This idiosyncratic feature is made with a building material called bousillage.

The Trust for Architectural Easements’ Glossary of Architectural Terms defines it as:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

If you followed our Down to the Wire campaign to save the James River this spring, you probably noticed a crucial piece of our outreach: the online petition hosted by Change.org.

Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, with nearly 100 million users in 196 countries. Such widespread use around countless causes and campaigns underscores the power of combining a time-tested tool -- the petition -- with social media and global connectivity.

In today’s toolkit, we’re walking you through top tips for a successful online petition on Change.org so that you can better raise your voice about the preservation issues you care about.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of 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.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Rhythm

Posted on: June 10th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

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The south colonnade at George Washington's Mount Vernon displays a pattern of arches and columns.

When I learned to salsa dance, my teacher stressed the importance of listening to the rhythm so that we could keep our steps in time with the music. Keeping in step with the repetitive beats would help us stay oriented and looking pristine as we executed lavish turns and outlandish dips.

Although buildings don’t dance, they do have architectural elements that produce beautiful and unique rhythms. According to Preservation Virginia’s Glossary of Historic Preservation Terms, rhythm, as it pertains to buildings, is defined as:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.