[Retro Roadmap] Maine Idyll Motor Court in Freeport, Maine

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by Beth Lennon 4 Comments

 

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The neon sign at the Maine Idyll still lights up the darkness for late-night travelers along Route 1.

Some say "Go Big or Go Home," but at the Maine Idyll Motor Court it’s more like "Stay Small and Stay Homey." This collection of twenty diminutive domiciles is nestled on the side of a tree-lined stretch of Route 1 just north of the hustle and bustle of Freeport, Maine, offering old-fashioned charm and lodging since 1932.... 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.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Tabby

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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Original tabby concrete walls of slave housing at Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island, Florida, built in 1814.

On the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, there are fascinating ruins of buildings made of a concrete-like material that has stood the test of time: tabby.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s Glossary of Preservation Services and Terminology defines tabby as:... Read More →

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Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

[In Transition] Pilgrim Baptist Church: Chicago, Illinois

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 by Gwendolyn Purdom No Comments

 

Our In Transition series digs back in and brings you up to speed on the current status of historic places previously featured in Preservation magazine or the PreservationNation blog.

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The original Kehilath Anshe Ma'ariv Synagogue, later the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

When Preservation featured Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church in its May/June 2008 issue, the striking 19th-century house of worship had already suffered the blows of a devastating fire and trouble moving restoration efforts beyond the planning stages in the years immediately afterward. Nearly a decade later, those efforts remain stunted. But as neighbors have grown weary of the obtrusive scaffolding that still supports the church’s limestone walls, at least one group has other plans for the embattled structure: turning it into a park.... Read More →

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Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

 

As fantastic as it is, the National Register of Historic Places can get a little confusing -- even for a seasoned pro. But fear not, because the PreservationNation blog has teamed up with Jim Gabbert, a historian with the National Park Service, to create our National Register Guide.

Webers Root Beer Drive In Pennsauken NJ Exterior Retro Roadmap. Credit: Beth Lennon
Assessing historic integrity is all about connecting a site's current characteristics to the its historic importance. The more evidence there is of the past, the more integrity a property has.

Episode Eight of our National Register of Historic Places Guide identified the different criteria and "areas of significance" that are important for National Register listing. Episode Nine goes one step further by explaining how to evaluate the historic integrity of a site as it relates to its significance.... 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.

40 Years After Ship’s Decommission, Nantucket Lightship Beacon Shines Again

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

By Andy Grabel, Associate Director, Public Affairs

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People gather to celebrate the relighting of the Nantucket Lightship.

Witnessing the power of place elicits a special sensation, even if that place has moved up and down the Eastern seaboard and into international waters over the course of eight decades.

On a sunny, summer afternoon and breezy evening in the Boston Harbor, the connection of visitors from near and far to Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was electric, both literally and figuratively. Crewmen who served on the ship half a century ago returned to the vessel and joined more than 200 preservationists to tour its restoration and to celebrate the lighting of its beacon for the first time since it was decommissioned in 1975.

The U.S. Lightship Museum’s preservation project, made possible by a $250,000 grant from American Express, restored the ship’s navigational light beacon, foghorn, and on-board electrical systems.... Read More →

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How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

This post originally appeared on the PreservationNation blog on January 14, 2013. An updated version from the Grants team appears here.

Interior of the Eygyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon. Credit: Oregonkat, flickr
Interior of the Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Fun fact: In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded just over $1 million to nearly 200 projects across the country through its small grant program. This annual program supports local preservation organizations’ efforts to preserve and protect important places in their communities.

  • In Texas, Preservation Dallas received a grant to create a mobile app of The Pegasus Urban Trail. The trail, developed by local volunteer group the Urban Armadillos, takes visitors through areas of downtown Dallas and includes information on some of the city's most iconic buildings and places.
  • In South Carolina, the Historic Charleston Foundation used a grant to create a three dimensional photo-realistic digital rendering of the double parlors at the Aiken-Rhett House. The goal of project is to offer an alternative to replicating missing or damaged historic fabric and to enhance interpretation of the rooms in the mid-19th century grandeur.
  • In Oregon, the Liberty Theatre Foundation’s grant for their facade planning project resulted in a completed set of architectural plans to be used for the restoration of the Liberty in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the overall restoration project.

In the Grants office, we field calls and questions throughout the year about our grants program from people eager to do similar work in their communities. So we compiled a quick Q&A to help guide potential applicants. Read on to learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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