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CityLove: Chattanooga Edition

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 2 Comments

 

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Credit: chattanoogafun.com
Chattanooga, Tenn., looking toward Lookout Mountain (center left). From left to right, the bridges are: the Walnut Street Bridge (with the Hunter Museum of American Art at its base), the Market Street Bridge (officially called the the Chief John Ross Bridge), and the P.R. Oligati Bridge. 

Last week, National Trust staff members attended the annual Vanguard gathering hosted by Next City in Chattanooga, Tenn., which is where we are headed for our next edition of CityLove!

While Vanguard attendees and the National Trust staff worked to “collectively learn and think about how to tackle the challenges our cities face," they also spent some time exploring the city.

Chattanooga hasn’t always been so beautiful. In 1969, the federal government declared that Chattanooga had the dirtiest air in the nation, and since then, the city has been on a mission to clean up its image. The road to recovery hasn't been easy (the city lost 10 percent of its population in the 1980s), but substantial private and public investment has turned Chattanooga around, earning it a new nickname -- "The Scenic City."

Now known for its many outdoor attractions like Lookout Mountain (not to mention its Incline Railway), the Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden, historic preservation is certainly part of the scenery as well.... 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.

Atlanta’s Swan House: From Historic Home to “Hunger Games” Set

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Crews also setup scenes in the front yard of Sawn House, which was used as the set for President Snow’s version of the White House. Credit: Atlanta History Center
Crews set up scenes in the front yard of Swan House, which was used as the set for President Snow’s version of the White House.

The Swan House in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is a 1928 Classical mansion and onetime home to the Inman family, whose wealth helped to rebuild the city after its destruction during the Civil War. More recently, the house, designed by Phillip Trammell Shutze, has become the home of the Atlanta Historical Society, and even one of the sets for the 2013 film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

I sat down with the Swan House’s Brandi Wigley and Jessica Rast to get the scoop on the house’s history and its role in the blockbuster film.... 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 Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Grand Canyon’s Hermit’s Rest and Lookout Studio Turn 100

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 3 Comments

 

Credit: Xanterra South Rim
Lookout Studio is located on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and offers breathtaking views for photographers to take advantage of.

A hundred years ago, the Wild West was growing tamer by the day. Starting in the late 19th century, for the first time in American history, curious East Coasters could take a trip through the region’s exotic landscapes for the price of a train ticket. A brand-new hospitality industry quickly sprang up to accommodate them -- and that’s where two rustic buildings designed by pioneering architect Mary Colter come in. ... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Retro Roadmap] The Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 2 Comments

 


Prior to the creation of Route 30, the Shoe House was surrounded on all sides by farmland.

You’re driving along Route 30 where the road opens up into a highway halfway between the hustle and bustle of the commercial corridors of Lancaster and York, Pa. The road is flanked by farms and fields on both sides, but suddenly you spy an oddly shaped building quickly coming into view.

You do a double take because you can’t believe what you’re seeing and immediately take the next exit. Following the old Lincoln Highway to the appropriately named Shoe House Road, you’ve just been lured away from your original destination by a local landmark and example of programmatic architecture -- Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.... 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.

 

Great heritage trails are more than just a list of stops at historic places along a mapped route. They can be a journey through time.

It’s also a journey all its own to create a heritage trail from start to finish -- from deciding what story to tell to selecting the sites that illustrate the area’s history. To help you plan an engaging, fun, and informative trail, we’ve laid out seven steps that start you on the right path (literally!).... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.