Preserving Modernism in a Green World

Posted on: June 24th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna


The National Building Museum is sponsoring a panel, Monday, June 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm on the intersection of Modern Heritage and Sustainability as part of its Modern Architecture series. They are offering the member rate ($12) for all National Trust staff and members. 

AIA Headquarters, Washington, DCLearn about when preservation and sustainability meet--or don't meet--in the preservation of buildings of the modern era.  These structures tend to pose significant environmental challenges for those who are interested in preserving them for their significance, yet also want them to achieve better energy efficiency.  Using the AIA’s 21st Century Workplace as a case study, panelists will consider whether new technologies and renovation strategies provide a plausible future for these often unloved buildings from the recent past.

Vernon Mays, Editor-at-Large, Architect magazine

Barbara A. Campagna, AIA, LEED® AP, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust

Christopher Davis, LEED® AP, Assoc. AIA, LEED Certification Coordinator,
U.S. Green Building Council

James A. Gatsch, FAIA, Managing Director, 21st Century Workplace,
American Institute of Architects       

Abram Goodrich, Associate Principal, STUDIOS Architecture  

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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

Bike Tulsa.

Posted on: June 23rd, 2008 by Lori Feinman


This picture does not do this house’s garden justice. Think pink. At least, think pink long enough to bike Tulsa. Tulsa has a public bike sharing program (and the bikes are pink) - just swipe your credit card and take a bike and you've got a full 24 hours to explore the city. Of course, you won't have to mess around with the credit card part of it when you bike with the Trust - the Parks department will bring us the bikes, but you'll see how it works at the starting point. Once there, the path follows the river, then veers off into town and into some wonderful residential neighborhoods. Amanda, your cruise director, tells stories and history of the different areas you'll encounter - Maple Ridge, Tracy Park, Riverside, Carson Park, Downtown. For the most part the trail is flat, there are one or two slight hills, but nothing difficult. All in all, a really nice overview of the city with some behind-the-scenes house gossip, AND you burn some calories to assuage any guilt from chicken fried steak or what have you.

bike pathClick here to see all my photos from the trip, and be sure to register and choose this session soon - there are only two opportunities to Bike Tulsa, and the bike tours always fill up early.

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Sharing Places That Matter

Posted on: June 20th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern


Back in May, in celebration of Preservation Month, we launched a campaign called This Place Matters, and asked preservationists around the country to share photos and stories of the places that matter to them. We've gotten more than 200 to date, but are still accepting submissions, so if you happen to visit a great place this weekend, make sure to take a picture and post it on the This Place Matters site.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, however, is not the only organization talking about places that matter. In fact, we got the idea for our initiative from two groups in New York: City Lore and the Municipal Art Society. Earlier this month, they celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Place Matters program by honoring 10 places selected from a list of nearly 650 places nominated by New Yorkers as part of their census.

They've produced a great YouTube video of their honorees. I've visited New York City countless times, and I have to say each of them was new to me -- and each seems to be a special, local gem.

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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.

Find out why we love Tulsa!

Posted on: June 20th, 2008 by Farin Salahuddin


img_3844.jpgLooking at downtown Tulsa today, you might liken her to someone preparing to go out on a first date. She's all in a frenzy getting her sidewalks ready, smoothing her roads, and just doing about everything she can to make herself look all pretty before meeting her significant other....the BOK arena. September 1 is the date of this romantic interlude when the first game of the season is played and the city plays host to thousands of adoring fans.

img_3839.jpgHowever, if you want to remember what Tulsa looked like when she was just a young lass, take the Downtown Walking Tour and admire many parts of her youth. The walking tour is an approximately two and a half mile brisk walk around the downtown area, going in and out of some of Tulsa's most significant buildings. These structures not only let you peek at what she looked like in her glory days...but also gives you clues as to what this city plans to look like when she's all grown up.

But don't go just by her pretty new looks. Tulsa's beauty lies more than skin deep. Come on this tour and find out all that Tulsa has to offer.


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Ponca City: Where the '20s still Roar

Posted on: June 19th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation


After a wicked rain storm that blew in from the prairie and thinking that maybe just maybe I should pull off the road until I could see, I finally made it out to Ponca City yesterday morning. Once I turned off the turnpike, I ended up on a country road driving through bucolic farmland with the occasional oil derrick pumping lazily in the distance.

Along the way, just before heading into Ponca City I passed what I think is the coolest barn I have ever laid eyes on, but I digress, which when you come to Oklahoma you will see is easy to do. 


Route 177 magically turned into Grand Avenue, taking me right into the heart of downtown Ponca City. Brett Carter and David Keathly are the field session managers and are local preservationists extraordinaire. David has the added distinction of being the Executive Director of the Marland Mansion. Ponca City pulls you in as you drive down Grand Avenue. As the name reveals there are some rather grand homes leading into town along Grand Avenue. Our first stop was City Hall, a Spanish Mission revival building which is still used as City Hall.  The art deco high school sits adjacent to City Hall with the library across the street. Brett and David will share the stories about the clear public  commitment to preserve public buildings in Ponca City. Grand Avenue serves as Ponca City’s Main Street and is dotted with businesses, restaurants and the Poncan Theater. A gem on the prairie, the Poncan Theater houses one of the largest collections of hand painted lobby art in the country, some of which is featured throughout the theater. The Poncan Theater operates as a cinema, theater and a local church. 

Settled during the Land Run of 1889, Ponca City is definitely a pioneer city. The history and planning of the city are really fascinating and I will elaborate in a later blog about how this city came to be. There is a lot to take in along the way, how Ponca City was established, the neighborhoods Marland was instrumental in creating, the polo fields, lakes, golf course, and of course the stories, from the Native Americans to the oilmen. I will be back with the stories, the intrigue, and that famous mansion. You have heard of the Vanderbilts, the Hearsts, the Rockefellers, and the Kennedys, well prepare yourself for the Marlands. It is better than a "telenovela".

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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