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[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Parapet

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 3 Comments

 

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The parapets on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad depot in Kingman, Arizona, are a signature characteristic of the Mission Revival style.

Parapets can be one of those mysterious architectural features in the sense that people may recognize them, but may not know the technical term for them. “A Preservation Handbook for Historic Residential Properties and Districts in Salt Lake City” defines it as:

Parapet, noun

A low horizontal wall at the edge of a roof.

The photo above shows the parapets on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad depot in Kingman, Arizona. The depot's parapets are a signature characteristic of its Mission Revival architectural style.

Word in use: “12. Art Deco and Art Moderne. Both of these styles feature open floor plans, flat or very low-pitched roofs with low profile parapets, smooth stucco walls, and horizontal groupings of metal casement windows.” -- Emily Potter, “[10 on Tuesday] Buying a Historic Home: What’s Your Style? (Part 2)

So the next time you pass by a parapet, don’t be afraid to call it out and demystify the mystery.

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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.

[Preservation Tips & Tools] How to Save a Place: Get the Word Out

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 by Julia Rocchi

 

Preservation Month 2015 comes to a close this weekend, but everyone’s hard work to save places that matter to them will continue for months, years, and decades to come. So, for our final installment of the How to Save a Place series, we’re sharing ways you can continue to rally community support for your project.

Methods range from public relations to social media outreach, and from pop-up shops to community tours. (And don’t forget the other popular tactics in our Become an Advocate toolkit!) Here are a variety of tools, techniques, and tips to help you shine a light on the places you love.... Read More →

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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: Historic Feeling

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

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The Prince Room in the Palace of the Governors transports visitors back to 17th-century Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Let's say you’ve been following our “How to Save a Place” toolkit series this month and you run across the Apply for Historic Designation toolkit. You read the post and decide you want to list your historic site on the National Register of Historic Places.

You do your research and read the guidelines for evaluating the integrity of a historic site nominated to the National Register. Your site seems to be a perfect match! The location is on point, and the design, setting, materials, workmanship, and association are perfect. Then you hit a wall -- the abstract stumbling block that is the term "feeling."

Since it is in many ways an abstract concept, historic feeling -- as it relates to preservation -- can be a bit tricky to define. But Preservation Glossary has your back.... 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 Tips & Tools] How to Save a Place: Become an Advocate

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Sarah Heffern

 

Over the course of this month's How to Save a Place toolkit series, we've covered a lot of ground: managing your expectations during a preservation projectunderstanding the difference between federal, state, and local groups; learning the fundraising basics; sorting through the various types of historic designations, and more. Now, it's time to start thinking like an advocate, because getting other people to support your project -- from your friends and neighbors to government officials -- will be critical to the success of your preservation efforts.... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Our “How to Save a Place” toolkit series has guided you through the wilderness of managing your personal expectations during a preservation project, understanding the difference between federal, state, and local preservation groups, and fundraising basics. Today, we’re going to help you navigate through the tricky thicket of historic designations.

For professional preservationists, historic designations are among the primary go-to factors to consider when trying to save a historic site or property. However, for people who don’t spend their days steeped in historic preservation, it’s not always easy to determine what separates a national landmark from a local one -- not to mention all the stops in between.

These tips will help you better understand the difference between federal, state, and local designations, their benefits, and their application processes.... 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: Cultural Landscape

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 3 Comments

 

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The College of William and Mary's campus was strategically designed to reflect a symmetric layout of brick walkways and vegetation.

The term “cultural landscape” is frequently used in preservation dialogue, but it isn’t always clearly defined or understood. If you’ve ever heard this tricky term but never had a grip on its definition, you can relate to the frustration in trying to understand exactly what a cultural landscape is and how to use it to make your case for preservation. But today, Preservation Glossary is here to help!... 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.