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CityLove: Get Ready, Philly!

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 5 Comments

 

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Credit: Jason Clement/National Trust for Historic Preservation, Instagram
In #Philly, old #buildings have big hearts and simple messages. #philAdelphia #pa #love #loveletter #preservation #savingplaces #urban #urbanex #cities #citylovephl #igers_philly #igphilly #streetart #mural #graffiti #listenwithyourheart -- @SavingPlaces

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking CityLove to the next level.

Since January, our urban infatuation has played out mostly here on our blog, where we have celebrated great American cities and the place-savers who call them home. But now, we’re ready for our love to be an in-real-life kind of affair.

This June 14-20, we’re packing our bags for a place that truly lives up to one of its many nicknames -- “The City That Loves You Back.” That’s right; We’re Philadelphia-bound for an entire week of meet-ups, parties, and behind-the-scenes photo tours, all taking place inside some of the city’s most iconic -- and of course, historic -- places.... 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.

Preservation in Progress: Main Street Revitalizes Conrad, Iowa

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Credit: Conrad Chamber, MainStreet
The Record building in Conrad, Iowa, seen before its renovation in winter 2013

Though I now live in Washington, D.C., my home will always be Conrad, Iowa -- population 1,108 and Black Dirt Capital of the World. Conrad was actually how I first heard about the National Main Street Center, which is now a subsidiary of the National Trust. My town boasted one of Main Street Iowa’s original Rural Main Streets (populations less than 5,000) and I have fond memories of when my mom had a business in Conrad and was involved with Main Street.

Each time I go home, I notice small differences, but when I was home during Christmas this past year, major changes were underway. As Darla Ubben, the Conrad Chamber-Main Street Program Director, explains in this more in-depth Preservation Leadership Forum blog post, Conrad received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to carry out a facade improvement program on 22 storefronts and four rear facades.

I snapped some photos last winter while work was underway, and convinced my younger brother Clark to get some as well in early May when the work was nearly complete. I hope you enjoy seeing some of these great preservation-in-progress photos!

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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.

Why More People Should Know About Tacoma, Washington (And Not Just from 10 Things I Hate About You)

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Sara Stiltner, Senior Project Manager, Preservation Green Lab

Credit: Sara Stiltner/National Trust for Historic Preservation
Old City Hall, which was built 1882, was the first building to be added to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. 

Thanks to Tacoma’s Old City Hall, I finally got someone to laugh at my favorite joke, the only joke I’ve bothered to memorize.

The first time my husband Ryan visited Tacoma, Wash., we meandered through my hometown’s historic district. I showed off my favorite spots, rattling off both the histories and my memories of various buildings. Inspiration struck when we passed Old City Hall’s clock tower.... 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.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

[Retro Roadmap] The Clam Box in Ipswich, Mass.

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 4 Comments

 

Credit: Beth Lennon
The Clam Box restaurant in Ipswich, Mass., was founded in 1935.

As the weather turns warmer, hitting the road in search of snapshots and snacks is a fun way to spot programmatic architecture (also known as “places built to look like something other than a building,” e.g. shoe houses).

Thirty miles north of Boston, the Clam Box in Ipswich is just such a roadside destination, a beacon not only for travelers curious about this uniquely shaped building, but also for the famous and tasty mollusks served within.... 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.

CityLove: Tour Chattanooga by Instagram

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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Credit: @fox_in_its_hole, Instagram
Some of my favorite things…#coolidgepark #tennesseeriver #lookout mountain #deltaqueenriverboat #fallleaves #marketstreetbridge #tennesseeaquarium #blueskies @tiltshift #riverboat-- @fox _in_its_hole, Jamie Leigh

We love Jamie’s picture because it has so many of our favorite parts of Chattanooga -- the river, a historic bridge, and of course, one of our National Treasures, the Delta Queen Steamboat.

As part of CityLove, our ongoing blog series, we’re exploring Chattanooga, Tenn. Last week we did an overview of the city, and this week we’re taking you on 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.