Travel

Cities in Focus: Tour St. Louis by Instagram

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 10 Comments

 

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: stlgasm
Photo courtesy of @stlgasm, Jeff Vines

One medium in particular is fascinating the Community Outreach team these days: Instagram. We have an Instagram account that we use for our on-the-ground work, and several other preservation groups do too -- for example, the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance in Philadelphia is using the hashtag #LovePhillyBuildings2014 during February, and Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif., is using Instagram for contests and promotion.

For our final St. Louis Cities in Focus post, I wanted to highlight some of the exceptional St. Louis Instagrammers I discovered as well as some of the places readers mentioned I missed in the first blog post. To quote Instagrammer Jeff Vines: "The reports are true -- St. Louis is dangerous. Dangerously beautiful!"... 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.

[Retro Roadmap] Duckpins? Candlepins? Let's Go Bowling!

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 6 Comments

 

Papps Bowling Center Bordentown NJ RetroRoadmap
Papp's Bowling Center in Bordentown, N.J.

Depending on where you live, you may have different images that come to mind when someone says, "Let's go bowling!" For most Americans it's Big Lebowski-style bowling (officially known as ten-pin) with hefty bowling balls and big pear-shaped pins. But dig a little deeper and you'll find regionally distinctive strains of this popular sport -- candlepin and duckpin -- that are little known outside of the northeastern United States.

And while many contemporary bowling alleys are being updated an alarming rate, there are still a handful of lanes across the country that harken back to the golden age of bowling, no matter what style you prefer. These are the kind that Mod Betty likes best, so here are three examples of where you can step back in time while you're stepping out on the lanes.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

Six Must-See Places in Austin, Texas

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by Jason Clement 3 Comments

 

"Hi How Are You" mural in Austin, Texas. Credit: memorycardfull, Flickr
"Hi How Are You" mural in Austin, Texas

Keep Austin weird.

Printed on countless bumper stickers and tie-dye t-shirts, this phrase has become synonymous with the Hill Country metropolis. (You'll see Hill Country featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Preservation.) But is it true? Is Austin really that weird?

It depends on your definition. Having spent four amazing years there (UT, class of 2004) and many more plotting a return, I think what makes Austin "weird" is the premium it places on people, places, and experiences. With a keen eye for detail and a healthy dose of ego, the city is designed at every turn to surprise, delight, and inspire. And at the end of the day, it’s not so much that Austin is weird for doing that; it’s weird that so few places try to do the same.

So, if you come to Texas and find yourself with one day in this neck of the woods, this post is for you. I invite you to experience these six inspiring places in and around Austin and see for yourself.

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Jason Clement

Jason Clement

Jason Lloyd Clement is the director of community outreach at the National Trust, which is really just a fancy way of saying he’s a professional place lover. For him, any day that involves a bike, a camera, and a gritty historic neighborhood is basically the best day ever.

 

View from the lobby in Macy's Center City, Philadelphia. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.com
View from the lobby in the old Wanamaker's Department Store (now Macy's Center City, Philadelphia), a National Historic Landmark.

A visit to one of the last remaining downtown department stores during the holidays is considered a must-do for many in the Philadelphia area, and not just for shopping. What is now Macy’s in Center City was once the Wanamaker Department Store, one of the first department stores in the country -- and much more.

Only here can you still do your shopping while hearing the reverberation of music from the largest operating pipe organ in the world, and delight in the holiday light show in an historic building. Online shopping doesn’t hold a candle to this experience.... 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.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

Methuen Music Hall Grand Organ. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.org

Upon first glance the stately brick building with a bell tower on Broadway in Methuen, Mass., looks like it could be one of the many churches that dot the New England landscape. Viewing the understated decoration of the brick exterior, you’d never know the confection of delights both visual and aural, that await inside the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, built as the permanent home for the first concert organ in the country.... 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.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.