Older and historic buildings are the heart and soul of our communities. They provide character, history, and authenticity, making our main streets and neighborhoods places that we love, not just places to live. (That’s a big reason why we’re preservationists, right?)

What’s more, many older buildings are inherently just as sustainable, if not more so, than new ones. The National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab (PGL) is focused on helping historic communities maximize their energy efficiency potential and vitality. And in the end, we believe our main streets will outlive the chain stores and franchises.

There are 1.5 million commercial buildings more than 50 years old in America, so we have opportunities at every turn to make sure the places we love are sustainable, high-performing, and vibrant for years to come. Here are eight strategies to help you build a sustainable preservation movement in your community.... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

 


 Jennifer Carman, president of J. Carman, Inc., founded the Facebook page Stop the Demolitions, Little Rock in 2013, which seeks to explore constructive and viable alternatives to the destruction of neglected and abandoned structures.

As part of the CityLove Blog series, we wanted to highlight a local leader -- someone who is in the city, living the preservation-minded life. For this month’s city of Little Rock, we spoke with Jennifer Carman, the president of J. Carman, Inc., a fine art advisory and appraisal firm.... 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.

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.

 


Artist Bill Warren hand paints the lettering on a window at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery.

There’s a renaissance happening in the small town of Water Valley, Miss., as you read in the Spring 2014 issue of Preservation magazine.

Long-vacant storefronts are now teeming with life. Residents and visitors spend afternoons and evenings on Main Street, grabbing a sandwich at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery, a new market and eatery started by a local couple in a 140-year-old brick building; snacking on ice cream at Turnage Drug Store, a 109-year-old family-owned Water Valley institution; or perusing the latest shows at Bozarts Gallery or Yalo Studio, two new galleries in storefronts dating to the 1840s and 1910, respectively.

But it’s not just the newly renovated buildings that have brought vigor to Water Valley. A major part of the town’s revival comes from the beautiful, hand-painted signs lining Main Street, welcoming shoppers to stores and creating a unique visual identity for the town.... 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.

Five Reasons We Support the Antiquities Act

Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 4 Comments

 

Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy, Government Relations and Policy

View from the Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Marquette, Iowa, along the Mississippi River. Credit: greenheron47, flickr
View from the Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Marquette, Iowa, along the Mississippi River

This past week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1459, the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monument Act.” The bill’s title is misleading: What the legislation actually proposes is to curtail the President’s ability to act swiftly to establish or expand the designation of national monuments on federally owned or controlled property in order to protect sites, objects, and landscapes of historic, cultural, or scientific interest.

President Obama has used this law 10 times to great effect since 2011 to protect a wide array of places that have played a vital role in our country’s history -- places such as Fort Monroe in Virginia, Chimney Rock in Colorado, César E. Chávez in California, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad in Maryland, and El Rio Grande Del Norte in New Mexico.

Unfortunately, the House voted 222-201 to pass this problematic piece of legislation, mostly along party lines with 10 Republicans crossing over to oppose the bill and three Democrats voting to support the bill. Now that the House has passed it, the bill moves over to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; if favorably reported out of this committee, it will land before the full Senate for consideration.

Be assured that we at the National Trust and our allies will continue to educate the members of the Senate on the flaws of H.R. 1459 in order to defeat this bill and preserve the Act’s power. Let’s start with the top five reasons we support the Antiquities Act.... Read More →

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Historic Real Estate: The Houses with Fun Features Edition

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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The enchanting estate called Birdland.

Birdland -- Kinsale, Va.

Sitting on almost six acres of magical bird sanctuary, this restored farmhouse offers lovely views inside and out. Enjoy the private beachfront, dock, and deep water pier on the Potomac River, or relax inside the beautifully maintained c. 1850 home. Price: $795,000... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.