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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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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 →

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[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 →

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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.

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.

 

Credit: Roberta Lane, Instagram

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” -- Edwin Way Teale, American naturalist and writer

It’s May, and the historic Untermyer Gardens of Yonkers, N.Y., are in bloom. We all know that gardens mean hope. Creating a place where natural beauty can be sown and nurtured and enjoyed is an ambitious, humanitarian act. Therefore, a restored historic garden represents hope renewed.

My trip to Yonkers confirmed it -- there is no better way to recharge than to try to capture some of the stories and scenes in a historic garden.... 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.

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane is the Senior Field Officer and Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York City Field Office. She has been with the National Trust since 2006, delivering preservation technical assistance and legal guidance in the field.