National Treasures

Sign the Pledge to Protect Villa Lewaro -- And Learn How You Can Tour It

As we wrap up our Spotlight on Villa Lewaro, sign our pledge to support the site's continued preservation.Read More »

“A Sort of Monument”: Why Villa Lewaro Is More Than a Building

Kathy Dixon of the National Organization of Minority Architects discusses why Villa Lewaro's architecture still resonates. Read More »

“Do Big Things”: Madam C.J. Walker’s Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

A'Lelia Bundles reflects on her family legacy of racial justice and economic empowerment. Read More »

“Be Relentless in Your Dreams”: DooBop Founder Jodie Patterson on Madam C.J. Walker

Learn how the dynamic life and work of Madam C.J. Walker inspired modern-day entrepreneur Jodie Patterson.Read More »

My Full Circle Moment with Madam C.J. Walker’s Legacy

Writer Demetria Irwin discusses the personal significance of a recent visit to Villa Lewaro. Read More »

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker’s “Dream of Dreams”

Madam C.J. Walker's estate represents a fascinating moment in American history. Learn how you can help save it.Read More »

Introducing the National Trust's First Pop-Up: Cincinnati's Yes on 8 Action Center

The Yes on 8 Action Center in Cincinnati -- our first pop-up venue -- is part of the effort to save Union Terminal.Read More »

Whitney Studio: Haven and Legacy for Early 20th-Century American Art

With the restoration of her original studio underway, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's contributions to the art world continue to inspire.Read More »

Art is Everywhere at Pullman Historic District

In Chicago's Pullman Historic District, creativity and artistry are flourishing. Read More »

Q&A with Sherry Williams of the Bronzeville Historical Society

Sherry Williams of Chicago's Bronzeville Historical Society talks about African-American workers' role at Pullman. Read More »

The Truth Behind the TV Show Manhattan: Part II

In part 2 of our interview with Heather McClenahan, you'll learn about real-life characters, "computers," and more.Read More »

The Truth Behind the TV Show Manhattan: Part I

Expert Heather McClenahan reveals how much of WGN's new series "Manhattan" is historically accurate.Read More »

This Labor Day, Celebrate Chicago's Pullman Historic District

The 1894 Pullman Strike led to Labor Day, making calls to create a National Park at Pullman Historic District even more timely.Read More »

9 Iconic Movie Sets, Starring … The Antiquities Act

Today in "reel life": Some of our most beloved movies were filmed in landscapes protected by the Antiquities Act.Read More »

Road Trip to the Secret City: Atomic History in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Raina Regan takes us through the "Secret City" in Oak Ridge, Tenn., one of three main Manhattan Project sites.Read More »

World War I Memorials: Finding -- and Saving -- Markers of History

Art historian Mark Levitch shares why it's vital to find and protect the memorials that tell the story of the Great War.Read More »

[Preservation Tips & Tools] How to Nominate a National Treasure

Learn how to nominate a National Treasure in your area with these tips and guidelines.Read More »

New York State Pavilion: The World’s Fair Site that Broke the Rules

The New York State Pavilion has endured for more than 50 years, thanks to its innovative design and engineering.Read More »

The Underground Legacy of Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia

Beneath the surface of a historic neighborhood, important clues to the history of the slave trade are waiting to be unearthed.Read More »

Gloria Estefan Announces Major Contribution to Miami Marine Stadium

Amid a day of stunning street art, trustee Gloria Estefan shared some great news for our National Treasure.Read More »

[Interview] Craig O'Neil Is Making ART History at Miami Marine Stadium

Get a glimpse of the upcoming art event at Miami Marine Stadium in an interview with Craig O'Neil, one of the major planners.Read More »

Preserving an Artistic Legacy at Guerneville, Calif.'s Pond Farm

140611_blog_photo_PondFarm_Photo1_JanetLGracykA new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum sheds light on artist Marguerite Wildenhain's legacy at Pond Farm.Read More »

Preserving an Iconic Landmark in Business History: Madam C. J. Walker's Villa Lewaro

Credit: ToddShepera/National Trust for Historic PreservationMadam C. J. Walker’s Villa Lewaro estate recently became a National Treasure of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.Read More »

[PHOTOS] Lost Relics of the 1964-65 World's Fair

Credit: Bill CotterAlmost all of the 1964-65 World's Fair pavilions were moved or demolished, or both, at the end of the fair. Read More »

Young Preservationist Focuses His Lens on Miami Marine Stadium

Credit: Ivan RoblesA high school student in Miami uses photography to shed new light on Miami Marine Stadium's beauty and importance.Read More »

CityLove: Chattanooga Edition

CityLove Header: Learn More!Up next in our CityLove series: Chattanooga, Tenn., where we learn how the city became "The Scenic City."Read More »

Historic Hinchliffe Stadium Reveals Larger Impact of African-American Legacy

Credit: S. Heffern, National Trust for Historic PreservationHinchliffe Stadium reminds us that many places of African-American heritage have yet to be acknowledged as significant.Read More »

Welcome to the Future: Meet The New York State Pavilion, Our Newest National Treasure

Tour the National Trust's newest National Treasure for the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World's Fair.Read More »

What Life Is Like Inside Not One, Not Two, But Three National Historic Landmarks

William Tyre of Chicago's Glessner House Museum reflects on the impact that National Historic Landmarks have had on his life.Read More »

La Jolla Community Continues Fight for Historic Post Office

Save Our La Jolla Task Force continues to fight the USPS in La Jolla, Calif., against the sale of their historic post office.Read More »

"A Monument to Sports Enthusiam": Dr. Larry Hogan on Hinchliffe Stadium

Dr. Larry Hogan discusses Hinchliffe Stadium and Negro League Baseball with PreservationNation.Read More »

Hinchliffe Stadium Reveals Baseball’s Hidden History

Here, African-American and Latino players got a chance to shine during the era of segregated baseball. Learn more.Read More »

City Unites to Save Berkeley’s Downtown Post Office

Berkeley residents and city officials alike are opposed to the sale of the city's 1914 post office building.Read More »

Citizens Fight for the Northfield Post Office in Minnesota

When the USPS wanted to close Northfield, Minnesota's historic downtown post office, citizens rose to the occasion.Read More »

Five Reasons We Support the Antiquities Act

The Antiquities Act, America's oldest preservation law, is under threat in Congress. Learn why it's crucial to our movement.Read More »

Putting a Stamp on History at the Bronx General Post Office

Preservation groups, artists and a congressman have rallied to save New Deal-era murals in a Bronx post office. Read More »

#SaveTheDome Selfies: Showing Love for a National Treasure

The Houston Rodeo is under way, but the real star? The Houston Astrodome! Check out our collection of Dome selfies. Read More »

Restoring a National Treasure: Union Station Returns to Gilded Grandeur

Rob Nieweg takes you through the process of restoring one of Washington's greatest National Treasures: Union Station.Read More »

Honoring a President and His Legacy: Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

A protestor in Dickinson, N.D., shows his support for Elkhorn Ranch. Credit: ScottDRC, PhotobucketThis stunning and significant landscape of Elkhorn Ranch sits amid the country's largest energy boom.Read More »

Introducing Pullman Historic District, Now a National Treasure

140106_blog_photo_pullman-blockThe historic town of Pullman, rich in architectural, political, and social history, is now a National Treasure.Read More »

Basel to Buffett: A Busy Time for Miami Marine Stadium

Art Basel chalet, 2013. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationInternational festival Art Basel and famous performer Jimmy Buffett bring out the best at Miami Marine Stadium.Read More »

Pull Up a Seat (or Turf): Astrodome Fans Bring Home Pieces of History

Items sold at the two Astrodome “Yard Sales,As the Houston Astrodome’s future is decided, we share stories from fans who find memories in the details.Read More »

10 Preservation Wins in 2013

Peavey Plaza. Credit: Alexandra EasterThough we did lose some irreplaceable historic places this past year, we also celebrated many wins. Here, the year in review.Read More »

Fort Monroe Master Plan Approved; National Treasure Now Set for Revitalization

Sunrise over Fort Monroe. Credit: OkiGator, FlickrVa. Gov. Bob McDonnell has approved the Fort Monroe Authority's master plan for this National Treasure. Learn more.Read More »

The Houston Astrodome: The Saga Continues

Astrodome in the morning. Credit: Randall Pugh, FlickrThe Houston Astrodome's future is more complex than we initially thought. Learn why, and take action to help save it.Read More »

Two Nantucket Lightship Veterans Recall Their Years Onboard

Dick Arnold (left) and Peter Brunk (right). Photos courtesy United States Lightship Museum.As we wrap up our National Treasures work on the Nantucket Lightship, we're taking a look back at life onboard.Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Save a Historic Veterans Affairs Hospital Campus

Visitors tour the Milwaukee Soldiers Home during a Doors Open Walking Tour. (Photo courtesy Peter Zanghi, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance)There are 150 historic hospital campuses operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs today. Help protect them!Read More »

The Future for the Houston Astrodome Looks Bleak

131107_blog_photo_dome-recap-truckDespite a positive on-the-ground campaign, Proposition 2 failed to pass in Harris County. Learn what happens next.Read More »

[VIDEO] Saying Goodbye to Prentice Women's Hospital, a Modernist Icon

1306_blog_photo_prentice-demo_2With demolition under way at Prentice Women's Hospital, staffer Chris Morris reflects on the building's legacy.Read More »

Roamin' with the Dome Mobile: "Behind the Scenes" Edition

131102_blog_photo_dome-recap-2_truckGo behind the scenes with the Dome Mobile team as they rally Houston to help save the Astrodome.Read More »

Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins: Halloween Thrills at National Treasures

Lyndhurst entryway at Halloween. Credit: Krystyn SilverHalloween thrills abound at three of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Treasures.Read More »

Miami Instagrammers Take Over Miami Marine Stadium

Instameet_1_salfarsThirty avid shutterbugs got a backstage pass to Miami Marine Stadium and captured why it's a #ConcreteParadise.Read More »

Dome Sweet Dome: Houston Astrodome Fans Share Their Memories

Astrodome. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationThe Dome Mobile is roving around Houston and capturing locals' happy memories of the Astrodome. See our faves.Read More »

American Express' Greatest Preservation Moments (To Date)

Facade at American Express' NYC office. Credit: Dan Sorenson PhotographyAmerican Express and the National Trust are evolving Partners in Preservation -- one of AMEX's many initiatives over the decades.Read More »

National Treasure Terminal Island Now on Path to Preservation

Building on Terminal Island. Credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop, FlickrCheck out these successes in Los Angeles, from Terminal Island to the Urban Land Institute to a new field office!Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Rehabilitate a Historic Rosenwald School

blog_photo_Hope Rosenwald SchoolGet 10 grassroots tips for rehabbing a historic Rosenwald School in your community.Read More »

Prentice Women's Hospital: A Eulogy

Anjulie Rao, left. Credit: Mike Hari, fadeoutfoto.comGuest writer Anjulie Rao sees herself reflected in Bertrand Goldberg's iconic Modern building.Read More »

A Threatened American Legacy at Hinchliffe Stadium

130711_blog_photo_hinchliffe1One of three remaining Negro League stadiums in the country is threatened by crumbling walls, graffiti, and disrepair.Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Save Your Historic Neighborhood School

blog_photo_Montana historic schoolIf a historic school in your neighborhood is at risk of being closed or torn down, today's toolkit can get you started saving it.Read More »

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

This Memorial Day, listen to the moving testimonies from the The #MySoldiersHome campaign.Read More »

Summer Travel (part 2): The Road Trip Through History Continues

We're revving our engines for more summer travel that takes us through the “Cradle of American Culture” to the Badlands.Read More »

Summer Travel (part 1): See History Come Alive Across the Country

Your enthusiasm about discovering historic places can inspire others to visit too. So pack your bags and get going!Read More »

[Slideshow] From Wild to Whimsical: The Gargoyles and Grotesques of Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral. Credit: Linda S. GlissonStaffer Linda Glisson reveals the fearsome, fantastical, and funny side of Washington National Cathedral.Read More »

An American Story on Display at the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum

A group of former students at the Cleveland Chinese Mission School gathers at the plaque dedication. From left: Fee Joe, Ed Joe, Kellogg Wong, Fun Pang, J.W. Dunn (seated), Annette Joe, Vice Mayor Ted Campbell, and Bobby Moon. Credit: Gilroy and Sally ChowLocal preservationists are working hard to preserve a culturally distinct yet wholly American story in Mississippi.Read More »

Joe Frazier's Gym Now Listed on the National Register

Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia, Pa. Credit: warpafx, flickrThis modest, three-story space in Philadelphia will now work to secure local designation.Read More »

If Seats Could Talk: Pulling Off A Pageant At Miami Marine Stadium

Miami Marine Stadium in 2012. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationFrank Mercado-Valdez remembers staging the first Miss Collegiate Black America Pageant at Miami Marine Stadium.Read More »

If Seats Could Talk: Richard Nixon and Sammy Davis Jr. Share the Stage at Miami Marine Stadium

In July 1971, President Nixon (1913–1994) appointed Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925–1990), to his National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity. Credit: Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection, Library of CongressMiami resident Stuart Blumberg recalls a surprising political moment he witnessed at the iconic stadium.Read More »

[Slideshow] Bridges of Yosemite Valley: A Photographer's Personal Account

North side of Sugar Pine Bridge. Half Dome is viewed through the trees at left rear.View the dazzling Sugar Pine Bridge and then take action to preserve this historic National Park structure.Read More »

If Seats Could Talk: Johnny Reed's Death-Defying Boat Race at Miami Marine Stadium

1975 Champion Spark Plug Regatta. Courtesy Friends of Miami Marine StadiumOur Miami Marine Stadium reflection series continues with boat racer Johnny Reed and his heartpounding memories.Read More »

If Seats Could Talk: Mark Fried Remembers "Who" He Saw at Miami Marine Stadium

Spectators watch a twilight concert on Biscayne Bay at the Miami Marine Stadium, 1967. Credit: Florida Photographic CollectionWe kick off our Miami Marine Stadium reflection series with Mark Fried's memories of musical mischief on the water.Read More »

Mississippi Delta Tour Tells the Stories of Civil War, Civil Rights and the Blues

Dockery Farm. Credit: Carolyn BrackettReserve your National Trust Tours spot now to visit this unique region that forever changed America’s character and culture.Read More »

The Nantucket Lightship Song: One Teacher's Ode to a National Treasure

John Rogers and his class onboard the Nantucket Lightship. Credit: US Lightship MuseumBoston-area teacher John Rogers has set his love of history to music -- and passed that love to his students, too.Read More »

Women in Preservation: Girl Scout Julia Bache and the Buck Creek Rosenwald School

Julia Bache and homeowner Elaine Taylor in front of the Buck Creek School. Credit: Lisa BacheJulia Bache is earning her Gold Award by saving a local treasure. Learn more about this inspiring young preservationist.Read More »

[Slideshow] Behind the Scenes: Preservation Cover Shoot at Miami Marine Stadium

The city of Miami at dawn as viewed from the Miami Marine Stadium seating area.Editor-in-Chief Dennis Hockman gives us a sneak peak into the Miami-centric cover for the Spring 2013 issue.Read More »

Women in Preservation: How the West Side Soldiers’ Aid Society Paved the Way for the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home

(l.) Lydia Ely Hewitt, President, Wisconsin Soldiers' Home; (r.) Fanny Burling Buttrick, Vice President, Wisconsin Soldiers' Home. Photos courtesy Milwaukee County Historical SocietyDuring the Civil War, Milwaukee's women had a vision: create a place for veterans to heal and recuperate. The results still stand.Read More »

Voices of Rosenwald: Bishop Frederick C. James Dreams Big for Howard Junior High

Bishop Frederick C. James (screenshot). Credit: Tracy HayesA former Rosenwald student is leading the charge to save the schoolhouse that shaped his life. Listen to his story firsthand.Read More »

Downton Abbey in America: San Francisco's Haas-Lilienthal House

Alice and Samuel Lilienthal’s wedding. Courtesy San Francisco Architectural HeritageNo spoilers here: Brian Turner calls out the striking similarities between the popular British drama and a real family in San Francisco.Read More »

Cross-Examining My Family's Texas Courthouse History

The author’s great-great-great-grandfather was one of the first judges at the Comal County Courthouse. Robert Bodemann is pictured in front of the courthouse (fourth from the left) the year the structure was built. Credit: Gwendolyn PurdomAs part of the "I Love Texas Courthouses" campaign, associate editor Gwen Purdom reflects on her personal connection to an 1898 courthouse in New Braunfels, Texas.Read More »

From Questions to Action: How Sweet Auburn Is Reviving Its Historic Community

Streetscape in Sweet Auburn. Credit: Stan KaadyThe National Main Street Center is helping the historic Sweet Auburn community revitalize its once-thriving district.Read More »

Environmental Threats Emerge at the "Walden Pond of the West"

Photo by David Nix/digitalimageryphotos.smugmug.comThis President's Day, learn the latest developments at Elkhorn Ranch, Theodore Roosevelt's 'cradle of conservation.'Read More »

A Love for Places and Each Other: One Couple's Historic Journey to the Altar

blog_photo_Anne and Aaron at La SalleCelebrate Valentine's Day and Texas Courthouses with this all-about-love post.Read More »

Voices of Rosenwald Schools: Mabel Dickey Tells Mt. Zion's Story

Mabel Dickey. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation/ClementA former Rosenwald student is now working to save her schoolhouse. Learn how she's doing it.Read More »

Small Gestures, Big Meaning: Show Some Love for Texas Courthouses

Jason Clement wears his heart on his sleeve. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationSend smooches across the country to 235 historic Texas courthouses and let them know they matter.Read More »

Space to Reflect: The 57th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral

Outside Washington National Cathedral the morning of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. Credit: NewsHour, FlickrNational Trust VP David Brown contemplates the National Cathedral's role in Inauguration weekend.Read More »

A Sister's Love: The Story Behind the Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House

Built in 1874, this is the last known surviving boyhood home of Malcolm X.  Credit: Steve DunwellLearn about Malcom X's relationship with his half sister, who played an influential role throughout his life.Read More »

[SLIDESHOW] Instagram Tour: Nantucket Lightship

Roberta Lane turns her Instagram lens on one of her favorite (floating) National Treasures: the Nantucket Lightship.Read More »

[SLIDESHOW] Merry Christmas from the Historic Village of Zoar!

The setting sun over the Zoar Garden. Credit: Andy DonaldsonThe setting sun falls over the Zoar Garden. What better way to celebrate the warmth and joy of the season than by returning to one of our most photogenic historic sites, the Historic Village of Zoar? Local photographer Andy Donaldson, ever ready with his camera, captured the town's recent Christmas in Zoar event, and weRead More »

Update on the National Trust’s Sandy Recovery Efforts in NYC

Damage at Liberty Island. Credit: NPS/DaleyLearn how we're supporting the New York City metro area and our partner, the National Park Service, post-Sandy.Read More »

A Special Message from National Trust President Stephanie Meeks

Enjoy this personal message from Stephanie Meeks about all the preservation progress we've made this year.Read More »

Report from the Field: Sandy's Impact on Ellis Island

One month after Hurricane Sandy, staffer Roberta Lane reports back on Ellis Island's recovery efforts.Read More »

Prentice Hospital Granted Temporary Reprieve

Check out the latest update from Prentice Women's Hospital and hear what's next for the landmark in court.Read More »

Sitting with the Building You Love: One Photographer's View of Miami Marine Stadium

Modernist gem Miami Marine Stadium is the star of an upcoming photo exhibit. Sneak a peek (and meet the shutterbug) here.Read More »

Bridging the Gap Between Preservation and Conservation in Yosemite National Park

Balancing the preservation of historically-significant bridges with the needs of the Merced River is a challenge at Yosemite National Park.Read More »

[SLIDESHOW] A Fall Walk Through the Village of Zoar

Get in the Thanksgiving spirit by taking a stroll through the historic Village of Zoar with photographer Andy Donaldson.Read More »

This Veterans Day, Help Save Places That Serve Our Soldiers

Milwaukee Soldiers Home and Battle Mountain Sanitarium are significant for veterans and history alike.Read More »

Prentice Hospital Denied Landmark Designation; The Fight Continues

Learn how the city of Chicago's ruling impacts the future of this Modernist icon.Read More »

A Special Brew for Chimney Rock

A local brewer crafts a special beer in honor of Chimney Rock’s National Monument designation.Read More »

[Interview] Mike Todd, Filmmaker: Documenting Joe Frazier’s Gym

Get in the ring with director Mike Todd and learn what this National Treasure -- and Frazier himself -- signifies.Read More »

[SLIDESHOW] Behind the Scenes at the Washington National Cathedral Restoration

Our "Preservation" editor-in-chief shares his favorite pictures of the restoration under way at the Cathedral.Read More »

César E. Chávez Site Declared a National Monument

César Chávez National Monument becomes the 4th such designation in President Obama's administration.Read More »

Chimney Rock to be Designated a National Monument

Today, we learned that the 4,726-acre Puebloan ancestral landscape in the mountains of southwestern Colorado known as Chimney Rock will reportedly be designated a National Monument by President Obama this Friday. The roughly 1,000-year-old remains of a Chacoan Indian settlement, Chimney Rock will be the third National Monument established by President Obama and joins theRead More »

Full Speed Ahead: The Storied History of the Nantucket Lightship

Written by Laura Wainman, Editorial Intern In 1936, shipbuilders Pusey & Jones built a lightship to replace the ill-fated, 630-ton Nantucket/LV-117. The ship had been struck on May 15, 1934 by the Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic -- a luxury liner that was nearly 75 times larger than the Nantucket.  Four of the 11-man crew diedRead More »

National Trust Declines to Renew Stables’ Current Lease as it Considers Future Options for Historic Woodlawn Property

We've written about the threats to our Woodlawn historic property before, and wanted to keep you updated on the latest news about the site. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering two alignment options for widening Route 1 in Northern Virginia, adjacent to Fort Belvoir -- and both of these alternatives would negatively impact theRead More »

Washington National Cathedral Receives $5 Million Gift Toward Restoration

Written by Nell Ziehl, Project Manager Today, on the anniversary of the August 23, 2011 earthquake, Washington National Cathedral -- one of our National Treasures -- announced a $5 million leadership gift from Lilly Endowment to aid in the building’s restoration. The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the Cathedral, the Rev. JeanRead More »

Vanity Fair: Paul Goldberger on the Fight to Save Chicago's Prentice Hospital

If you haven't ever seen Prentice Women's Hospital, the Modernist concrete structure that opened in Chicago in 1975, you can head to the Windy City -- or visit SavingPlaces.org, the new National Trust website about America's National Treasures. There you'll discover that Prentice is much-loved and much-admired, but threatened with demolition by Northwestern University --Read More »

Historic Opportunity at Fort Monroe: Fuel Local Economy with Historic Tax Credits

In November 2011, President Obama created the Fort Monroe National Monument to honor the 193-year-old fortress’s deep historical significance. This place literally bookends the slavery experience in America: In 1619, the first enslaved Africans in the New World landed at what is now Fort Monroe, and in 1861, the fort witnessed the beginnings of theRead More »

Washington, DC’s Union Station: Where the Future Intersects with the Past

Written by Erica Stewart, Public Affairs Manager Union Station, a Washington, DC landmark (and one of our National Treasures) beloved by locals and visitors alike, is heading for an "extreme makeover," and we at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have joined with our preservation allies to make sure that what we know and loveRead More »

Our Op-Ed about the Future of Woodlawn, a National Treasure

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Woodlawn is a 126-acre estate that was originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The main Federal-style house was constructed between 1800 and 1805 for Washington’s nephew, Major Lawrence Lewis, and his wife, Eleanor “Nelly” Custis Lewis. During the Lewis’ years in residence, Woodlawn comprised over 2,000 acres and was supported byRead More »

Architects to Chicago: "Save Prentice Hospital!"

Historic Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago received enthusiastic support from 60 remarkable allies today -- a wide swath of prominent architects from around the world, including Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. In an open letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the architects cited the historic significance of Goldberg’s Prentice as wellRead More »

[Video] Miami Marine Stadium Becomes a Parkour Playhouse

See the guy in the blue shorts in the video? That's Ben Jenkin (aka Jenx). He's 21 years old and one of the founding athletes for the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF). For those unfamiliar, Parkour is a physical activity and mental discipline that focuses on efficient movement around obstacles (with strong dashes of self-expressionRead More »

The Manhattan Project: 20th Century History, 21st Century Significance

Written by Amy Cole, Senior Field Officer and Attorney The top-secret Manhattan Project has been called “the single-most significant event of the 20th century.” Begun as a small research project to develop an atomic weapon in advance of Germany, the Manhattan Project grew to include thousands of scientists working around the clock and in laboratoriesRead More »