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The Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, was demolished in 2006. After 68 tells the story to save it.

It was the hangout for the rich, famous, and politically powerful -- but there’s more to this Hollywood story. The Ambassador Hotel opened in Los Angeles on New Year's Day 1921 and has since hosted six Academy Award ceremonies, Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali, Frank Sinatra, and every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover to Richard Nixon. At the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, Nat King Cole and The Supremes performed to an audience of stars.

Then came the beginning of the end.... Read More →

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Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita, or Mita, is a contributor to the PreservationNation blog and recent graduate of Wesleyan University. She enjoys walks, coffee, and short stories. Follow her odd adventures on Twitter at @mitatweets.

[Video] Veterans Share Their Stories at the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home

Posted on: May 27th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs

As we celebrate Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to our veterans and to the historic places that were built to honor and serve them. And when it comes to buildings that provide services to the women and men of our armed forces, few are as historic, grand, and just plain awe-inspiring as Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home.

Originally built at the behest of President Lincoln, the Soldiers’ Home has been an oasis and a place of healing and recuperation for veterans of every American conflict since the Civil War. Though these buildings have been profoundly important to members of the armed forces and their families for several generations, many other people know them only as impressive buildings towering in the distance as they drive on Interstate 94 or attend a Brewers game at nearby Miller Park.

To help more people understand the large number of people positively affected by the Soldiers Home over the years, the National Trust and our coalition partners launched an online campaign to collect stories, photos, and other remembrances of the Soldiers Home. Dubbed #MySoldiersHome, this effort has already captured several testimonials from veterans relating their experiences while at the Soldiers’ Home, profoundly demonstrating the impact this place has had -- and continues to have -- on veterans and their families.

If you have a story about the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home, we encourage you to share it with us. And to all those who serve on behalf of our country, Happy Memorial Day from the National Trust.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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

 

Global Tree Project. Credit: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

When Osaka-born artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto stepped into the abandoned 1895 Holy Cross Church in Cincinnati, he got goose bumps. He knew that it was there, among the crumbling plaster and peeling paint, that he would create his next art installation.

“Hanging Garden,” as seen in the slideshow below, is one of 11 site-specific art installations that make up Turner-Yamamoto’s Global Tree Project. Other installations have been created at the Sutra Hall of the 8th-century Kiyomizu Temple, a garden in New Delhi, the Mongolian Gobi Desert, and a ruined folly on a cliff overlooking the Celtic Sea.

While he seeks to forge connections between his viewers and the natural world, in the case of “Hanging Garden,” he also created a striking connection with a historic building. We talked with Turner-Yamamoto, who now splits his time between Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., to find out why he was drawn to the church, what he hopes to inspire in viewers, and why he considers it important to save historic places.

(Please note that no trees were harmed or killed in the installation of this work.)... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Help Us #PreserveDMV with Partners in Preservation

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Believe it or not, it's been seven years since we first launched our partnership with American Express, Partners in Preservation. Since that time, the program has made grants worth $9 million to historic places in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis, and New York. And as a longtime resident of the District of Columbia, I could not be more excited to announce that the D.C. metro area has been selected as 2013's host city.

Today through May 10, two dozen historic places in the DMV -- as the District, Maryland, and Virginia are known in Twitter-speak -- will be competing for $1 million in grants through a popular vote campaign. How does it work? This short video explains the process:

You can vote for one site per day, every day through May 10 and earn additional points through social sharing, so visit www.partnersinpreservation.com to see the participating sites and get voting!

And if you're local to the DMV, save the date now for Open House Weekend, May 4-5, when the sites will be hosting special events and programs to share the stories of these terrific places.

To keep up with the latest news, like Partners in Preservation on Facebook or follow @PartnersinPres on Twitter.

Voting begins on April 24, 2013 at 12:01am Eastern Time and ends on May 10 at 11:59pm ET. Must be at least 13 to vote. Limit one (1) vote per person/email address per calendar day. See terms of participation for complete details.

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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

[Video] Central Library in St. Louis, Renewed

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by David Weible 7 Comments

 

Atrium at Central Library of the St. Louis Public Library. Credit: Jim Balogh, St. Louis Public Library
The 7-story atrium at Central Library.

The Central Library of the St. Louis Public Library is now in its 101st year, but thanks to a $68 million restoration and renovation, you’d think it was brand-new.... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Honoring a Small Bus Station for its Big Contribution to Civil Rights

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Erica Stewart, Manager, Public Affairs


National Trust Trustee Sheffield Hale speaks to the Montgomery Bus Station/Freedom Riders Museum partners. Montgomery mayor Todd Strange (fourth from right) attended the celebration.

Last week, 57 years after Rosa Parks helped ignite the Montgomery bus boycott, National Trust Trustee Dr. Sheffield Hale of the Atlanta History Center traveled to the Alabama capital to help celebrate the preservation of a modest Greyhound bus station that made history and the creation of the Freedom Rides Museum that tells its story.... 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.