Mansions, Moldings… and Munchies in Maple Ridge

Posted on: June 18th, 2008 by Lori Feinman


beth.jpgThe gracious and hardworking residents of the Maple Ridge neighborhood have put an elegant and impressive Candlelight House Tour together. In addition to the gorgeous crown moldings, rich textiles, enviable decor and unique designs that are standard for the Candlelight House Tour, this year the tour will offer a spread of delicious delicacies to fortify you before you set out on your way.

img_3790.jpgThe Harwelden Mansion will serve as the impressive jumping-off point where you may imbibe and nosh before picking up a bus to get to the cluster of oil boom-era mansions that have each been preserved, renovated or rehabilitated with a different approach to preservation.

The Candlelight House Tour is a long time favorite of the National Preservation Conference. Buy a ticket and enjoy one of Tulsa's finest neighborhoods.

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Brucemore in Iowa safe from flooding and offering a safe haven

Posted on: June 13th, 2008 by Max van Balgooy


BrucemoreThis morning we received an update from Jim Kern, Executive Director of Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Brucemore is soggy but open to the public as a safe haven and a place for quiet reflection for local residents overwhelmed by the massive flooding in their community.

The flood is the worst ever recorded in Cedar Rapids. The summer of 1993 was a landmark year for flooding in the city—the Cedar River was at 19.3 feet and they had 24 inches of rain in the month of June. This time the river is at 31.9 feet and they have had 27 inches of rain in the first 12 days of the month. And this follows the second worst winter on record. The result is unbelievably catastrophic damage.

Brucemore is the only cultural facility in the city that is untouched by the flooding. Jim reports that the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, the tallest building in the Czech village, has water up to its roofline. The African American Museum & Cultural Center across the river and the Science Station and IMAX theater are underwater. The historic Paramount Theater and Iowa Theater, both of which are downtown National Register buildings with working historic organs, are underwater. Collections in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art have been moved to upper levels and appear to be safe, as are the Grant Wood Studio and the history museum.

Jim Kern has been in touch with the Iowa SHPO and he is calling his cultural partners throughout the city to offer help. The National Trust’s substantial experience with flooding in New Orleans and elsewhere will be very helpful in the coming weeks to help property owners understand their options (see the handout, “Saving Your Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings“).

At this point, computer access is generally unavailable and mail delivery has been suspended. All of the city’s bridges except the interstate highway are underwater. Water use is restricted to 25 percent of normal use.

Updated: to provide a newer version of the flood-damaged buildings handout.

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leed-plaques-1.jpgPatrice and I have been getting calls and emails from around the country asking for help in understanding the draft version of LEED v3 2009 currently out on the street for public comment.  We're sorry for not getting this out sooner, but with our crazy schedules it took us a month to sit down with our colleagues at USGBC to review the final draft that went out on May 19th.  And NO, you're not going crazy, some of the most significant changes we've reported in this blog do not show up in it, yet.  But don't despair, there's a perfectly good reason why and below we will describe in detail what is happening. 

LEED v3 2009 Draft Overview

So, if you have had the opportunity to look at the draft LEED v3 2009 documents, then you've seen some of the changes but may be wanting more.  First, we'll give you a briefing on some of the significant changes and then we will describe what you can't see yet but is in the works. (Warning! This is a long and fairly technical posting!) 

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Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at


Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA © 2008 NTHP

In June 2007, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved a Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for widening Interstate 81 through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, despite significant objections from the National Trust and other preservation organizations. Significantly, FHWA invoked a new optional short statute of limitations for the Tier 1 decision, which allows only 180 days from the decision to file suit – a provision added in the SAFETEA-LU transportation reauthorization legislation passed in 2005. Following an unsuccessful attempt to persuade FHWA to withdraw its shortened statute of limitations for the Tier 1 decision, the Trust opted to join a lawsuit, which was filed by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Shenandoah Valley Network, Scenic Virginia, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and others in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in December 2007.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Caution! Tulsa Blogging Ahead!

Posted on: June 12th, 2008 by Lori Feinman


FIVE burgers for $1?!  Intriguing, and yet disgusting.For some people, the holiday season is their favorite time of year - the presents, the aroma of artificially scented candles, an overabundance of baked goods....not me (except for the baked goods, they're keepers). My favorite time of year is DRY RUN TIME. The conference staff leaves this Sunday for Tulsa to dry-run all the field sessions being offered at the Conference. Hopefully, by now you've received your preliminary program and have looked at what is being offered - a wonderful variety of experiences in a state that has yet to see a National Preservation Conference. In addition to experiencing Tulsa in-depth, we'll visit Oklahoma City, the Cherokee Nation, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Sapulpa, Ponca City, Guthrie, east-bound and west-bound on Route 66, and dozens of other places quirky and wonderful (keep an eye out for the next issue of Preservation, it's all about Tulsa, too).

Our first day includes dry runs of the Tulsa Downtown Safari Walking Tour and the Candlelight House Tour in Maple Ridge. Watch this space for frequent updates, and to whet your appetite for all things Tulsa.

And if I'm wrong and you haven't yet received your Preliminary Program, go to the conference page or see a PDF right away.

Thanks to the National Park Service for this and other great photos of Route 66.

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.