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Cincinnati’s Union Terminal Now Saved for Future Generations

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 19 Comments

 

Built in 1933, Union Terminal is one of the most iconic Art Deco masterpieces in the United States. It now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center, the largest cultural institution in the region.
Built in 1933, Union Terminal is one of the most iconic Art Deco masterpieces in the United States. It now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center, the largest cultural institution in the region.

Since it opened in 1933, Union Terminal has served as both a cultural hub for the city of Cincinnati and one of the most iconic Art Deco structures in the nation. Now, thanks to local citizens who voted "yes" on Issue 8, it will continue to fill both roles for generations to come.

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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.

Widening the Preservation Lens

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Stephanie Meeks 4 Comments

 

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Left: Stephanie Meeks, speaking to architecture students at Hampton University about the need to preserve more historic places that represent the diverse history of our nation. Right: Stephanie Meeks and Germonique Ulmer, vice president of Public Affairs, at the Emancipation Oak on Hampton University's campus.

On a recent visit to Hampton University, one of our nation’s oldest and most esteemed historically black universities, I took part in a fascinating conversation with architecture students about what preservation means to them, and how we can work together to ensure the places we save reflect the diverse stories of all Americans.

We began our discussion with a visualization exercise. Take a moment to picture a place that matters to you. It may be your home, a park, a church, a school. What has it meant to your life? Does it connect you to your community? What does it say about who you are?... Read More →

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Stephanie Meeks

Stephanie K. Meeks

Stephanie K. Meeks is president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Take Advantage of Free Virtual Programming at PastForward 2014

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Colleen Danz, Manager, Forum Marketing

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For more than 40 years, preservationists have been meeting in cities across the country to discuss the pressing issues of the day, explore preservation in action, and reconnect with their peers. The National Preservation Conference has always been the place to put a national spotlight on historic preservation.

The tradition will continue this year when more than 2,000 preservationists descend on Savannah, Nov. 11-14, for this year’s National Preservation Conference, PastForward. And who wouldn’t want to make a trip to such a delightful city?  But time and schedules don’t always permit everyone passionate for historic preservation (professionals, hobbyists, and otherwise) to attend. So for those of you who can’t be there in person, we invite you to be our virtual attendees.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

HOPE Crew at Woodlawn. Credit: John Boal
HOPE Crew at Woodlawn

During her recent speech "Towards a More Perfect Union: Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation" at Hampton University, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks shared the preservation movement’s challenge to become more inclusive and highlighted the National Trust’s work to protect and preserve diverse historic places such as Fort Monroe, Joe Frazier’s Gym, and Rosenwald Schools.

The National Trust is committed to protecting sites that represent the full breadth of our American history, but cannot do it alone. That’s where you come in! We need your help to craft a vision for engaging a more diverse community in preservation, and invite you to share your ideas below.

Additionally, if you know of a diverse site that could use the National Trust’s help, let us know -- we want to hear from you! And check out our book on Preserving African-American Historic Places to learn how you can save a place.

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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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

Update: Colonial Williamsburg Landmark Carter’s Grove Sold

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 12 Comments

 

The stately 1755 mansion is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States.
The view of the Georgian-style mansion, completed in 1755, from the James River.

Late last week we were informed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation that it has successfully sold Carter’s Grove Plantation, a National Historic Landmark located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The estate was sold to a group formed by well-known preservationist Samuel M. Mencoff.

When we last visited Carter's Grove in 2012, it was privately owned and undergoing various repairs for interior maintenance issues that had been deferred. Below is a press release from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which outlines the next chapter in the rich history of Carter’s Grove.

Colonial Williamsburg Announces Sale of Carter’s Grove Plantation

National historic landmark protected in perpetuity by conservation easement; new owner to assure preservation in close collaboration with the Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – On Sept. 11 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation sold Carter’s Grove Plantation, including the Georgian-style mansion and 400 acres of land that are subject to a conservation easement, as well as an additional 76 acres adjoining the property. The buyer is Carter’s Grove Associates LLC, a Delaware limited liability company formed by Samuel M. Mencoff, a well-respected preservationist from Chicago who has restored properties in the Midwest and in Newport, Rhode Island.

The conservation easement, which was placed on the property in 2007, is co-held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The easement protects the site’s historic, architectural, visual, archaeological and environmental resources in perpetuity.

Colonial Williamsburg recently regained ownership of Carter’s Grove at the conclusion of the bankruptcy filed in 2011 by the limited liability company that acquired the property in 2007. Working with the court-appointed trustee during the bankruptcy process, the Foundation funded and oversaw repairs to the mansion that restored it to its previous condition.

The Carter’s Grove Plantation site, located on the James River eight miles southeast of Williamsburg, is a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register. The mansion is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country.

“Sam Mencoff is superbly qualified to be the steward of this important property,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “His commitment to historic preservation, demonstrated through his completion of a number of important restoration projects, is well known in the preservation community.”

“Carter’s Grove is a treasure, in many ways chronicling the history of the New World,” said Mr. Mencoff. “My family and I are honored to embrace the stewardship of this remarkable place, fully recognizing the privilege it is and the responsibility it confers. My team and I look forward to working closely with Colonial Williamsburg to preserve this important piece of our national heritage for generations to come.”

Media contact:

Joe Straw
757-220-7287
jstraw@cwf.org

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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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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