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Villa Lewaro, home of self-made female entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker.

March is Women’s History Month, a time when we as a nation reflect on the contributions, stories, and struggles of American women. It seems a bit strange -- given that we are over half the country’s population -- that women get just one month, but this is actually an improvement: Originally, it was Women’s History Week, and before that, only a few short decades ago, the only women whose stories made it into textbooks tended to be First Ladies.

Even now, twenty-eight years after Congress made Women’s History Month official, strides for women’s equality and recognition across the spectrum continue to lag behind. Preservation is no different. Over the years, we have not always done what we could to highlight and preserve places that tell the rich, diverse stories of American women.

So here at the National Trust -- where I am proud to serve as the first woman president and CEO -- we are working hard to save places that tell these stories, and help us to better understand who we are as a nation. And there are plenty of remarkable ones to be told!... Read More →

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Stephanie Meeks

Stephanie K. Meeks

Stephanie K. Meeks is president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

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African House is located on the grounds of Melrose Plantation, about 15 miles from Natchitoches, Louisiana.

On March 16, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the African House in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, as a National Treasure.

Located at the antebellum Melrose Plantation -- a National Historic Landmark -- the two-story hut is believed to have been built prior to 1820, although no records of construction remain. The structure is threatened by deterioration and destabilization, with preservation of the handmade bricks, hewed cypress roof beams, and other elements needed before it reopens.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

All in the Family: Barbara Donnelly Dishes About Lockport’s Gaylord Building

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

By Katherine Malone-France, Vice President of Historic Sites

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Barbara Donnelley during the restoration of the Gaylord Building (left); the present-day facade of the Gaylord Building (right)

Fast facts about the Gaylord Building, a National Trust Historic Site in Lockport, Illinois:

  • It is the only industrial building within our portfolio of historic sites.
  • It represents a great example of adaptive reuse in the Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor, the first heritage area ever designated in the country.
  • And it all came to be thanks to the effort of one devoted family.

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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.

 

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This 1998 statue, by Ted Aub, depicts the first meeting in 1851 between famed suffragettes, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, (who were introduced by activist Amelia Bloomer, depicted in the center).

Can you name 20 American historical figures that are women, excluding famous athletes, celebrities, and First Ladies? Most college students cannot, which isn’t surprising given that less than 5% of the content of history textbooks refers to women. On top of that, only 8% of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places embody underrepresented communities, including women.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York aims to change that.... Read More →

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Meghan O'Connor

Meghan O'Connor

Meghan O’Connor is the member services assistant at the National Trust. She enjoys learning, writing, and talking about museums, art, architecture, and anything historic.

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament Round 1 Recap!

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by David Weible

 

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The Dresden has been a Los Angeles institution since 1954. Credit: Blaise Nutter
The Dresden in Los Angeles takes home the prize in its matchup.

Just like any crowded bar room after midnight, the only guarantee in the first round of a national championship tournament is that there’s going to be some drama.

The first round of The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament saw its fair share, with a number of buzzer beaters, blowouts, and bar-room brawls. Now, straight to the action...... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

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Julia Morgan combined the Swiss Chalet and the Beaux-Arts styles to design the George W. Wilson House in the First Bay Tradition.

George W. Wilson House -- Vallejo, California

In 1907, Julia Morgan designed the George W. Wilson House. Blending elements of the Swiss Chalet style and neoclassical Beaux-Arts style, Morgan created a house that, after its completion in 1909, became one of her finest examples of a residence designed in the First Bay Tradition. Morgan’s design prowess is demonstrated in the expansive butterfly floor plan of the house, the Arts and Crafts-style finishes, and the tiled-faced fireplaces handcrafted by the Grueby Faience Company. But the unique architectural details aren’t the only remarkable views this house has to offer. There is an upper balcony that provides bay views as well as views of the famous Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Price: $1,200,000

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In 1978, the Frank Applegate House received a sunroom addition designed by noted architect William Lumpkins.

The Frank Applegate House -- Santa Fe, New Mexico

Designed in 1921 by Frank Applegate as a private residence, the Frank Applegate House meshes both the Spanish Colonial style and the Pueblo style to create among the first of many Pueblo Revival, or Santa Fe style, houses. The house, built with adobe brick, has two stories with two bedrooms on each level. It is situated in a private, park-like setting that can be enjoyed by owners and guests through a spacious sunroom, which was added to the house in 1978 by legendary architect and historic preservationist William Lumpkins. Price: $950,000

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The property surrounding the Penfield House contains the construction site of Wright's last residential commission named Riverrock.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penfield House -- Willoughby, Ohio

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955, the Louis Penfield House is nestled on 30 acres of heavily wooded property, creating an atmosphere of solace and solitude. The house features three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, and a 12-foot floor-to-ceiling glass walled living room that offers a panoramic view of the bluffs on the Chagrin River. Included on the Penfield House property is a historic century home with two rental units, a cottage, and the construction site for Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential commission, dubbed Riverrock, which was designed by Wright for the Penfield family in 1959. The Penfield House has operated as a vacation spot for the last 12 years and can continue to be used as a tourist destination or as a residential home. Price: $2,100,000

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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.