The Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, Calif.

Part of the fun of a road trip is to see things you usually don’t see -- places that are bigger than life and stand out from the ordinary. It’s one of the many reason we travel: to have experiences not possible in our hometowns. One iconic example of this type of roadside destination is the Wigwam Village motels built in the 1930s and ‘40s.

To many, the motels represent eye-catching structures built to entice weary travelers to turn in for the night, and to bring fond memories of family vacations and cross-country road trips before the advent of the super-highway. But to some, their loose misrepresentation of Native American dwellings is a reminder of how not long ago, cultural stereotyping was considered socially acceptable.

Now in the 21st century, we can see them as both: an architectural roadside reminder of where our nation has come from and where it is going.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

Restoration and Repurpose of The Mill in Freedom, Maine

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Steven Piccione

 


"Reviving the Freedom Mill" will be shown at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 30, at 12:00 p.m.

When Tony Grassi, a retired investment banker, first visited the abandoned and dilapidated historic grist mill in Freedom, Maine, he was taken in by the value of the building not only for its connection to early American history, but also for the potential revitalizing effects it could have on the small town.

“It was literally a rotting mill,” Grassi said to Bangor Daily News. “It was terrible. We walked by and thought, ‘What a beautiful structure. And what a tragedy.’”

The story that unfolds from that first visit entails a renovation process that started in 2008 and culminated late last year. What makes the project unique are the ways Grassi approached the renovation from both a preservationist and environmentalist angle.... 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.

Putting a Stamp on History at the Bronx General Post Office

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

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The United States Postal Service first proposed shuttering the post office, along with 16 other Bronx post offices, in 2012.

Thirteen colorful New Deal-era murals line the walls inside the Bronx General Post Office on the borough’s Grand Concourse. They stretch all the way to the 20-foot ceiling, towering over everyone who walks through the doors. Rendered in egg tempura on plaster by artist Ben Shahn and his wife Bernarda Bryson Shahn, the paintings embody the might of American labor and industry.

But until recently, the murals’ future, as well as that of the grand historic lobby that they occupy, was in doubt.

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

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

CityLove: Little Rock Edition

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 1 Comment

 


The skyline of Little Rock, Ark., at night.

Last week, we gave you a small taste of Little Rock, Ark., with an Instagram tour, and this week we’re back with an overview of the city for our CityLove series. What struck me when talking with folks from Little Rock was that though they're cheerleaders for their own neighborhoods, they spent just as much time -- if not more -- promoting the work of other neighborhoods. So while we focus on three specific neighborhoods, there are many more.

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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.

Tour Modern Houston by Instagram

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Houston Instagram. Credit: jbuono - MFA
[Earlier this month was] the Docomomo US Modernism Symposium in Houston. Posting some landmarks from the area: Culinan Hall & Brown Pavilion, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1954-1974) Mies van der Rohe with Staub, Rather, & Howze. -- @jbuono, Jon Buono

DoCoMoMo. Say it slowly with us: Do-Co-Mo-Mo. It’s a word, it’s an acronym, it's an advocate for modern buildings. DoCoMoMo, which stands for Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement, is actually a national and international organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

March 13-15, the City of Houston and Houston Mod played host to the DoCoMoMO US National Symposium: Modernism in Texas. Because you may not have been able to attend, we though we'd share some highlights through an Instagram tour.... 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.