One of the first things professional preservationists are likely to ask when they encounter an endangered place is, “Is it listed?” Meaning, is it a National Historic Landmark? On the National Register of Historic Places? Or perhaps covered in a state or local designation?

For people who don’t spend their days steeped in historic preservation, though, it’s not always easy to remember what separates a national landmark from a local one -- not to mention all the stops in between.

To help you keep all the historic designations straight, this toolkit outlines the four main areas of historic recognition a building can have and what protections they do (and do not) provide.... Read More →

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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.

 

If we may offer our two cents, finding your next meal in an old bank-turned-restaurant is a worthy investment. We're putting the spotlight on three such dining spots in our Preservation Spring 2014 issue: B.A.N.K. in Minneapolis, located in the c. 1900 building of a former Farmers and Mechanics Bank; Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, Iowa, in the building that opened in 1920 as Ladora Savings Bank; and Tender Bar + Kitchen in Pittsburgh, a cocktail lounge inside the 1883 Arsenal Bank Building.

And way back in our Spring 2013 issue, you read about The Bedford in Chicago, a chic cocktail lounge and restaurant in the 1925 Classical Revival-style Home Bank and Trust Company building.

But that’s just the beginning. We searched the country and found plenty of other eateries in old banks sure to delight hungry preservationists -- we bet our bottom dollar on it.... 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.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

#SaveTheDome Selfies: Showing Love for a National Treasure

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 


#astrodome #houston #8thWonderOfTheWorld -- @robbmaddox, Robb Maddox

Houston in March means one thing: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You name it, and it’s probably happening during the Rodeo's 20-day run. In 2013, over 2.5 million people came to the Rodeo, and each year the concert list is a who’s who of pop and country music performers.

The Rodeo takes place in Reliant Park, home of the Astrodome, and National Trust staff recently noticed something a little out of the ordinary: People are taking selfies with the Astrodome! Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorites for you to enjoy.... 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.

PHOTO TOUR: Revitalization Through Adaptive Reuse in Vallejo, Calif.

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Meghan Drueding

 

Credit: Leah Nash
Temple Art Lofts in Vallejo, Calif.

In the upcoming Spring issue of Preservation, we explore Vallejo, Calif., through the lens of the Temple Art Lofts, an adaptive reuse building that symbolizes the city’s decline and renewal. Through the 1990s, Vallejo’s economy boomed, thanks to the presence of the U.S. Navy’s Mare Island base. But when the Navy left in 1996, the dollars spent at local businesses dried up, and by 2008 the city had declared bankruptcy.

Now, the skyrocketing price of real estate elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area is causing developers and entrepreneurs to take a second look at Vallejo. Case in point: developer Meea Kang, who boldly converted a pair of derelict historic buildings into the award-winning Temple Art Lofts.

We had so many great photos of the Lofts and the surrounding city that we couldn’t use them all in our print story. So we’ve collected a few of our favorites here. Join us on behind the scenes in the waterfront city of Vallejo.... 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.

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding is the managing editor of Preservation magazine. She has a weakness for mid-century modern, walkable cities, and coffee table books about architecture and design.

The Palestra: College Hoops’ Most Storied Arena

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Credit: Ed B, Flickr
The Palestra is famous its raucous atmosphere and for its seating that reaches right to the floor.

There’s a reason why they refer to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as March Madness: On top of the fact that the games themselves are crazy, basically the whole country goes wild over it. (When else do you see grown men and women biting their nails and sweating in their offices cubicles over whether to scribble “Dayton” or “Ohio State” on a piece of paper?)

But even with the onset of live-streaming five-game simulcasts and billion-dollar bracket giveaways, the game still has plenty of history to celebrate. Case in point: Philadelphia’s 1927 hoops arena known as the Palestra.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.