The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations for our 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places -- and we need your help. Over the past 26 years, the National Trust’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has been instrumental in helping to sound the alarm, and help save, hundreds of America’s most important, threatened places.
When it’s all said and done, Ponce City Market will be Atlanta’s largest adaptive reuse project ever, encompassing 1.1 million square feet of retail, office space, and residences in what was once a Sears, Roebuck & Company distribution center. But as much as the sheer size of the project impresses, the delight is in the details.... Read More →
National Trust staffer Priya Chhaya said it beautifully last week: This year, we at the National Trust are thankful for the people of preservation.
As you just saw in the video above, your support has enabled us to accomplish great things this past year. From Los Angeles’ Terminal Island to Charleston’s historic waterfront, we have made a tangible difference across the country for the places we love.
We're also thankful for an unprecedented $10 million challenge grant from longtime preservationist Robert W. Wilson. As one of the largest gifts ever made to the National Trust, this extraordinary leadership contribution will have an enormous impact on the ground to save the inspiring sites that tell America’s story.
In the coming weeks we'll talk more about our vision for 2014, but we didn't want to let this day of gratitude pass without acknowledging your crucial role in saving places. Please accept our deepest thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Philadelphia's Uptown Theatre (covered in Preservation's Summer 2012 issue) once hosted shows by some of the biggest names in music, such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and The Jackson 5. Designed by prominent local architect Louis Magaziner, the 1927 Art Deco building originally served as a glamorous movie venue. During the 1950s and '60s, it evolved into a prestigious tour stop for African-American entertainers.
By the 1990’s, though, the Uptown had fallen on hard times. When community organizer Linda Richardson formed the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC) in 1995, the abandoned theater in North Philadelphia suffered from a leaky roof, a vandalized interior, and a shabby exterior. The UEDC began raising funds for its restoration, and was eventually able to purchase the building in 2004.
The organization has completed a series of stabilization and preservation projects, such as the restoration of the terracotta tiles on the facade by local tile artist Karen Singer. (It still needs to raise the money to actually install the tiles.) And the UEDC will soon unveil a $1.3 million renovation of a six-story office tower that is part of the original building.... Read More →