National Trust staff at the James River, one of our National Treasures.
National Trust staff at the James River, one of our National Treasures.

The Down to the Wire team is hard at work and on the move, letting Virginia (and the nation) know about Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to put high-voltage power lines across the beautiful, historic James River. Last week, we took the campaign to Jamestown: the birthplace of our country, and an area that would be directly impacted by these power lines.... 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.

 

Today we continue our installment of Historic Real Estate called “Preservation Personals,” where we let the historic properties speak for themselves. Today's personal is ...

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181 Bruey Rd.

Underestimated Cape Cod House Seeks Owner with Discerning Eye

181 Bruey Rd -- Norfolk, Connecticut 

First impressions are everything. At first sight, you might be tempted to see a simple, unadorned, late 18th-century house. But don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover.

If you step through my front door and take a closer look, you’ll see that my beauty is more than facade deep. You see, it’s the little things that count, like my unique captain’s stairway, central chimney with four fireplaces that make every room nothing less than cozy on a lazy day, and scenic mountain views that can entice anyone outside to explore the lush six acres I sit on.

And if family and friends want to visit and see the good fortune and luxury you’ve found in me, you can entertain them with food and tons of laughs in my spacious eat-in kitchen.

Think you have the discerning eye to see my potential? Check me out 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.

 

So far in our “How to Save a Place” toolkit series, we’ve covered why historic places matter, how to manage your expectations, and how to research and assess threats to a beloved place. The natural next step is, of course, how to find help -- which can be daunting in an environment where terms like “historic property” and “National Register” get thrown around interchangeably, with little explanation of who is responsible for what part of the process.

The good news is, the best bet is always to start close to home. The saying “all politics is local” is often true of preservation as well, particularly early in the process. Local laws and regulations are the first line of defense in saving many historic places and can usually get the job done, but sometimes it becomes necessary to escalate the fight to the state or even federal level. Knowing the basics of who does what at each level can make navigating preservation a great deal easier.... 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.

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.

Photo Essay: Why Do Old Places Matter?

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by Priya Chhaya No Comments

 

Santa Sabina, Rome. Photo by Nick Thompson via Flickr
Santa Sabina in Rome is an example of how a place can inspire awe and reflection.

In 2013 Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was selected as a winner of the Rome Prize, which is awarded to about 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence.

When he isn’t working on legal complexities, Mayes has been considering the role historic places play in everyday life. This prestigious award sent him to Rome on a six-month tour of discovery where he sought to answer the question: Why do old places matter? This photo essay presents Mayes’ answers along with links to longer posts on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog that explore the answers in more depth.... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Swag

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson No Comments

 

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The eagle wings depicted on the Lincoln Memorial are the supports for its swag.

Swag. You know, the word that’s short for swagger, that unique style that only you possess and the way in which you let people know that you’ve arrived at a place. Yeah, that swag. I have swag, you have swag, everyone has swag. But did you know that buildings have swag too?... 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.

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.

 

Our special toolkit series on how to save a place has touched on why historic places matter and how to manage your personal expectations for a preservation project. Now that you’re in the right mindset, it’s time to take your first steps towards actually saving the historic place that matters to you.

First, you’ll need to do your research on exactly what makes your place historically significant and understand the threats to your site’s long-term survival. These 12 tips will help you develop a strong foundation on which to build your preservation efforts.

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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.

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.