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

Posted on: October 19th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Spotlight on National Treasures: Villa Lewaro

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Guests admire the murals and other intricate design on the ceiling in the dining room at Villa Lewaro.

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer, Preservation Division

Imagine spending the night at Villa Lewaro, the estate of business pioneer Madam C. J. Walker, reopened as a luxurious bed and breakfast.

Imagine attending a holiday party hosted by the estate’s future owners.

Imagine going on a date there for an intimate jazz performance.

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Enjoy an extended sabbatical at the exclusive property with other entrepreneurs and innovators? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there?

These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women’s history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.... Read More →

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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 →

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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When an old neighborhood restaurant closes for good, it can be not only shocking, but disheartening as well. Waves of rising rents, homogenization, and the inability to find an adequate owner are just some of the factors that cause establishments that have been around for generations to shutter.

This toolkit explores some of the ways within your power to help keep your favorite historic food establishments -- from restaurants and cafés, to bakeries and markets -- in business.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

[Historic Bars] The Backroom Bar in New York City

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by David Robert Weible No Comments

 

Fans of the giggle water get to celebrate hooch in a big way this month as Preservation Nation covers blind pigs and juice joints – a.k.a. speakeasies -- as part of our historic bars series. Next up: The Backroom Bar in New York City.

The Backroom’s ‘fake front’ as the Lower East Side Toy Company is a nod to old New York City speakeasies that often used supposed apothecaries or blacksmith shops to conceal their true identity. Ironically, the Backroom’s Prohibition predecessor never needed a fake front, as Ratner’s kosher restaurant concealed the speakeasy with a legitimate and profitable business.
The Backroom’s ‘fake front’ as the Lower East Side Toy Company is a nod to old New York City speakeasies that often used supposed apothecaries or blacksmith shops to conceal their true identity. Ironically, the Backroom’s Prohibition predecessor never needed a fake front, as Ratner’s kosher restaurant concealed the speakeasy with a legitimate and profitable business.

There are few places on earth, if any, that I enjoy sipping a few cocktails and drinking in the atmosphere more than modern-day New York City. But if I were given the chance to hit the town in the Roaring Twenties, I sure as hell wouldn’t pass it up. Lucky for me, I know a place I can do a little of both: the Lower East Side Toy Company, on Norfolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington.

That’s not the actual name, of course. It’s just the ‘fake front’ for the Backroom Bar, a contemporary speakeasy with roots that date back to Prohibition.... Read More →

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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.

 

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The Yes on 8 Action Center on Opening Night

Last week, our work to help save Union Terminal in Cincinnati took a big step forward: we celebrated the grand opening of the Yes on 8 Action Center in downtown Cincinnati -- the National Trust’s first ever pop-up!... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.