Preservation Expert, Steve Stier, mentors some of the students from SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps
Preservation expert Steve Stier mentors some of the students from SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps.

Located on the coast of Northwest Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has long been a favorite vacation spot for families throughout the state. The picturesque shoreline area, named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s Good Morning America in 2011, boasts many attractions including wineries, water-sports, shopping and camping. But last month, a group of young people made this familiar June pilgrimage with a different kind of summertime activity in mind: historic barn preservation.... Read More →

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Tom Wall

Tom Wall is the Associate Manager of Community Outreach. His background includes television production, journalism, nonprofit communications, and marketing. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Historic Real Estate: Adaptive Reuse Edition

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

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The former schoolhouse was built in 1902 and sits on two acres in the Rocky Mountains.

Mountain SchoolhouseHoward, Colorado

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, several miles south of the historic town of Salida, this 1,934-square-foot home was originally used as a schoolhouse when it was built in 1902. The students are long gone, but the building has since been remodeled as a residence that contains two bedrooms, two baths, a sun room, and loft. The school’s custom mill work and original fir floors remain, and the building has been updated to be energy efficient, with a solar electric grid tie system that ensures power even on a cloudy day. Also included in the two-acre parcel is an insulated garage and workshop with a custom dust collection system, bathroom, and wood stove. The property has been landscaped to include a drip irrigation system, a timer for garden beds, and a small orchard. The original school bell is also still in place. Price: $435,000... 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.

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.

Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

HOPE Crew at Woodlawn. Credit: John Boal
HOPE Crew at Woodlawn

During her recent speech "Towards a More Perfect Union: Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation" at Hampton University, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks shared the preservation movement’s challenge to become more inclusive and highlighted the National Trust’s work to protect and preserve diverse historic places such as Fort Monroe, Joe Frazier’s Gym, and Rosenwald Schools.

The National Trust is committed to protecting sites that represent the full breadth of our American history, but cannot do it alone. That’s where you come in! We need your help to craft a vision for engaging a more diverse community in preservation, and invite you to share your ideas below.

Additionally, if you know of a diverse site that could use the National Trust’s help, let us know -- we want to hear from you! And check out our book on Preserving African-American Historic Places to learn how you can save a place.

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.

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.

 

Renovating your historic home can be a significant undertaking depending on the scope of the project and the condition of the property -- and selecting the proper contractor and architect is crucial to your project’s overall success.

Today’s toolkit offers those interested in professionally renovating their historic home a guide for selecting and working with contractors and architects. (Check out our Historic Home Buyer’s Guide and Historic Home Starter Kit series for more info.)... 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.

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] Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Lauren Walser 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: Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco.

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Drinks have been poured at 501 Jones Street from as far back as 1867. From 1923 to 1935, it was billed as JJ Russell Cigar Shop, with a speakeasy in the basement.

During Prohibition, thirsty San Franciscans in the know could wet their whistles at JJ Russell’s Cigar Shop at 501 Jones Street. But you had to, as they say, speak easy.... 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.