Plunge Into the Past With These Five Historic Swimming Pools

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Kara Timberlake 4 Comments

 

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Coral Gables' Venetian Pool is a cornerstone of the community.

In the wake of our previous historic swimming pools post, we’ve arranged a tour of five more historic pools to help you escape the sweltering summer heat. Dip your toes into these refreshingly cool swimming spots from around the country.... Read More →

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Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. An aficionado of coffee and music, she loves to discover hidden stories through reading, traveling, and meeting new people.

[Travel Itinerary] Rugby, Tennessee

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Nancy Tinker 3 Comments

 

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The Thomas Hughes Free Public Library, named after Rugby, Tennessee's founder, contains 7,000 volumes and 1,000 periodicals.

The village of historic Rugby is nestled in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, tucked within the craggy bands of mountains that define much of northeast Tennessee’s rugged landscape. The Rugby community was founded by English social reformer Thomas Hughes, a liberal member of English Parliament and author of the hugely popular novel, Tom Brown’s School Days.

Concerned about the social and economic inequity faced by England’s “second sons” and the American working class, Hughes sought to establish a cultured community free of the social constraints endemic to 19th-century society. Believing there was little desire for social reform in England, Hughes set his sights on America where he believed agricultural opportunity would give energetic and talented young men a fresh start.... Read More →

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Nancy Tinker

Nancy Tinker

Nancy Tinker is a Senior Field Officer in the Charleston Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This Eid al-Fitr, Explore Five Historic Mosques Nationwide

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Kara Timberlake No Comments

 

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The Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, D.C.

Today marks a joyous celebration for Muslims worldwide. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan concludes and followers celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that translates as “festival of breaking of the fast” and boasts feasts that, in some communities, can last up to three days.

In honor of this religious holiday, we pay homage to five historic mosques from around the country.... Read More →

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Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. An aficionado of coffee and music, she loves to discover hidden stories through reading, traveling, and meeting new people.

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

Howard Johnson's in Lake George, New York
Howard Johnson's in Lake George, New York

"He believes in it because he's lived it, starting as a dishwasher three decades ago. And now he's running the business, 'which is something I never thought I would do in a million years. But here we are and we're doin' it. And I'm glad.' He's painstakingly preserved authentic details. 'It still feels like the original restaurant,' said Johnson." CBS Sunday Morning -- ​Visiting the last surviving Howard Johnson's

"Now, I have one more reason to love [my house]. On Friday, June 26, 2015, Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, along with the National Park Service designated the “Henry Gerber House” at 1710 N. Crilly Court in Chicago’s Old Town Triangle a National Historic Landmark—only the second LBGT-related property to achieve this distinction. The Stonewall Inn in New York is the other one." Chicago Now -- My Old House ... Read More →

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

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501 Route 57, Mansfield, New Jersey

Property with Crazy Quilt Past Seeks an Imaginative Buyer

501 Route 57 -- Mansfield, New Jersey

You wouldn’t believe the things I’ve transformed into. I’ve sheltered families as a residence. I’ve posed as a retail shop. I even ran a stint as a loft studio. And those are just the uses that have been recorded.

At heart, though, I’ve always been faithful to my original architectural design as a stone barn from the 1760s. But my three levels, open floor plan, and spacious rooms (complemented by two kitchen spaces and two full bathrooms) tend to make potential owners’ imaginations run wild with all the versatile possibilities that my flexible space offers. So, the question is ... what do you want me to be?

Already have an idea? Start planning here.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

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.

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.

[Historic Bars] Chicago’s Southport Lanes

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by David Weible No Comments

 

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Southport Lanes sits less than a mile from Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side.

If this blog is any indication, the bar enthusiast of today exists in a world of nearly boundless choice. Trendy speakeasies, prim and proper cocktail lounges, back yard biergartens, and the deep confines of dives beckon in an endless siren song of booze-sodden bon humour.

But if you ask me, there’s nothing better than a corner bar where the beer is cold, the bartender knows your name, and you call the next game of pool by stacking your quarters on the edge of the table.

And while sanctuaries like this have largely gone the way of the affordable apartment in places like New York and D.C., Chicago may still be the capital of the genre.

If you’re looking for an example, Southport Lanes (SPL) is a good place to start.... 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.