[Historic Bars] The Monkey Bar in New York

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 1 Comment

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. This week, we check out Monkey Bar in New York City.

The Monkey Bar was purchased in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and hotelier Jeff Klein and underwent a full restoration. Credit: Christopher Dorsey/Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar was purchased in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and hotelier Jeff Klein and underwent a full restoration.

If you’re in the Big Apple and on the prowl for Jazz Age ambiance, a stiff bourbon smash, and some classic clams casino, look no further than the Monkey Bar in Midtown. Featured as a backdrop to both Carrie Bradshaw and Don Draper’s cocktail-fueled adventures in episodes of Sex and the City and Mad Men, the Monkey Bar has been a home for free-spirited writers, tortured ad men, and other thirsty New Yorkers for close to eight decades.... Read More →

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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.

 

Written by Raina Regan, Community Preservation Specialist, Indiana Landmarks

Aerial view of the plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Credit: American Museum of Science and Energy
Aerial view of the plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Science, secrecy, and a large sense of scale uniquely identify those sites associated with the Manhattan Project. Of the three primary sites -- Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hanford, Washington; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee -- the latter has always captured my interest because of its moniker “The Secret City.”

The Manhattan Engineer District built an entirely new military reservation on 59,000 acres in an isolated area of rural Tennessee. Construction on the site began in 1942, with the townsite located in the northeast corner of the six-mile-long reservation. Clinton Engineer Works, the Army’s name for the Oak Ridge Manhattan Project site during World War II, hosted the Project’s uranium enrichment plants (K-25 and Y-12) and the pilot plutonium production reactor (X-10).

After reading Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II and supporting the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park, I felt compelled to visit the city which had fascinated me for years. I convinced my sister, a fellow history buff who had also recently read Kiernan’s book, to take an atomic-inspired road trip to eastern Tennessee.... Read More →

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Military Veterans Tackle HOPE Crew Project at Custer National Cemetery

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

The HOPE Crew’s Custer National Cemetery project was the first to incorporate an all-veteran hitch. Participants represented every branch of the military. Credit: Audrey Hall
The HOPE Crew’s Custer National Cemetery project was the first to incorporate an all-veteran hitch. Participants represented every branch of the military.

It’s one of the most famous battles in American history. In May, 1876, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry tracked down roughly 8,000 Cheyenne and Sioux Indians in southeastern Montana and stepped into battle with about 1,800 of them. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now a small piece of that history is being restored, with help from the National Trust, The Corps Network, The Montana Conservation Corps, and the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

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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.

[Historic Bars] The Dresden in Los Angeles

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. This week, we check out the Dresden in Los Angeles.

The Dresden has been a Los Angeles institution since 1954. Credit: Blaise Nutter
The Dresden has been a Los Angeles institution since 1954.

Even if you’ve never been to the Dresden is Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood, chances are, you’ve seen it.

Since it opened in its current iteration in 1954, the Dresden has been ready for its close-up, lending its dark, retro interior to a number of films. It’s where Trent (played by Vince Vaughn) delivers his impassioned “You’re so money” speech” as Mike (Jon Favreau) gathers the nerve to flirt with the object of his affection in Swingers. And it’s where Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) meets his idol, musician Del Paxton (Bill Cobbs), in That Thing You Do.... 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.

 

Wildwood Motels - Lolipop Motel Exterior - Retro Roadmap
The brightly colored doors of the Lollipop Motel

The seaside stretch of the New Jersey shore known collectively as The Wildwoods boasts the highest concentration of Midcentury Modern motels in the world.

Located just north of the Victorian Cape May, these fun and futuristic buildings of the 1950s-1960s reflect an important era in our nation’s history -- the post-WWII decades when family vacations meant piling into the station wagon and heading to the shore on the newly constructed interstate highway system.

While this eye-catching enclave has a great many admirers -- from families who have vacationed here for decades to international travelers looking to experience the authentic history of America -- the threat of development still casts a shadow over the future of these boutique motels, despite their resurgence in popularity.... 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.