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Built in 1954, the Spring House's hemicycle design is considered the last architecture phase of Frank Lloyd Wright's career. 

In 1950, a woman by the name of Clifton Lewis sought out none other than Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for her. And he did: the Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida. Despite its modest boat-like shape and rural location, the Spring House represented a significant point in Wright's career, attracted architect buffs from around the world, and was even involved with the Civil Rights movement.

Today, however, the house is slowly deteriorating from harsh weather conditions and neglect, and the day may come when the only private home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Florida no longer stands. ... Read More →

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Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.

Pharmacies-Turned-Restaurants: The Cure for What Ails You

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

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W.A. Frost & Company prides itself on serving seasonal, organic, locally sourced cuisine. 

If only you could get a doctor to write you a prescription for a meal in a refurbished pharmacy-turned-restaurant -- you'd feel better in no time. In the Summer 2014 issue of Preservation magazine, we highlight three such eateries: the Gryphon Tea Room in Savannah, Ga., housed in the city’s 1926 Scottish Rite Building; the Hillside Farmacy in Austin, Texas, named for the 1920s drugstore that occupied the same space; and Tonic at Quigley’s in Washington, D.C., located in the circa-1891 Quigley’s Pharmacy.

There are several more around the country, however, that could also do the trick -- consult our handy guide below.
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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

CityLovePHL: Our Week in Instagram Shots

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Grant Stevens No Comments

 

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Had an awesome time last Saturday exploring Eastern State Penitentiary. Now check it out through Sut’s iPhone. -- @brilliantartistry, Jarrett Hendrix

Last week’s CityLove celebration in Philadelphia included 20 events (exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, Instameets, special events, etc.) throughout the city over eight days. To date, more than 2,700 photos have been tagged with #CityLovePHL! Wow. Philly, you’ve truly stolen our heart.

We highlighted a few of our initial tour spots in last week’s CityLovePHL post, but this week we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. Though these snapshots certainly don't cover every stop we made, we hope you enjoy getting to see a bit more of our Philadelphia fun -- and are inspired to visit and explore these incredible sites yourself!... Read More →

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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.

 

Continuing our historic bars series, we take a look at the Slippery Noodle Inn, a well-known yet still genuine local bar in Indianapolis.

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The ceiling of the front bar is made of pressed tin and was installed around 1890. The "tiger oak" bar and the bar in the back are more than 100 years old as well.

"When a tourist comes to Indianapolis and asks where to grab a drink, they'll probably be told to go to the Slippery Noodle," says Sara Etherington, office manager of the historic Indiana watering hole.

With live music seven nights a week, a loyal constituent of thirsty locals, and the distinction of being the longest continuously operating bar in Indiana, "the Noodle" boasts a unique mix of having a well-known status and a consistent down-to-earth reputation.

"People like something local and unique," says Etherington. "It's one-of-a-kind."

Certainly the Noodle's famous breaded pork tenderloin, its half-priced Thursdays (a favorite among the locals, according to Etherington), and the every-night live music bring in the patrons, but the bar's appeal is rooted in something deeper than a savvy business model and a charming atmosphere: its history.... Read More →

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Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.

In Deep Water: Three Ways to Save Historic Places from Climate Threats

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

Written by Mark Huppert, Senior Director, Preservation Green Lab

Credit: Patrick Rohe, Flickr
The National Park Service had to move Cape Hatteras Lighthouse inland to prevent it from being lost at sea. 

Increasingly intense and frequent weather events -- from flooding in the South and East to persistent drought across the West -- pose a real and severe threat to historic resources across a landscape as diverse as the United States itself. The good news: In spite of the magnitude and scale of the issue, people across the country are taking action and making an impact -- and you can, too.
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