What Main Street Can Teach Us About Sustainable Preservation

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Ric Cochrane, Associate Director of Preservation Green Lab


Lewiston has a long history of a strong local economy, starting with its location on deep-water accessible Snake and Clearwater rivers, allowing its locals to ship timber, grain, and other products to the Pacific Ocean.

I’m from Lewiston, Idaho, the aluminum jet boat capital of the world, entrance to Hell’s Canyon, and home of the Potlatch lumber mill. Twenty years ago, when my mom ran a shop on Lewiston’s Main Street, it was the heart of town -- until Wal-Mart, Costco, and other national franchises moved in and Downtown Lewiston started a long struggle to survive.

Today, thanks to the Beautiful Downtown Lewiston initiative, Main Street is once again alive and on its way to becoming the next designated Main Street within the National Main Street Center network.

I think Downtown Lewiston is going to long outlive the chain stores and franchises. Why? Because the downtown movement is led by people who care about each other and take a long view of prosperity. If I sound like some small-town rube or an idealist, that’s OK. I have evidence to indicate that Main Streets are our future.... Read More →

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Historic Real Estate: The Historic House Crush Edition

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by Emily Potter 3 Comments

 

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The beautiful Saxton Hall.

Saxton Hall -- Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.

If you’re going to have an old-house crush, this just might be the place. It’s only 50 miles from New York City in the lovely Hudson Valley. On the outside, six huge Corinthian columns line the porch, and on the inside, every detail has been maintained and restored. Price: $799,000... Read More →

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

CityLove: Tour Little Rock by Instagram

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Little Rock Instagram. Credit: loughran20
Another sunset walk along the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. -- @loughran20, Allister Loughran

Up next in our CityLove blog series: Little Rock, Arkansas. Named after a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: "the little rock"), the "little rock" was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing.

However, our research and conversations have convinced us that the only “little” part of Little Rock is its name. This community is embracing its history, incredible cultural resources, and it’s natural surroundings in a big way, all of which we'll explore in our future CityLove posts.

This month, we wanted to mix things up a little bit, so we’re starting with our Instagram tour. Be sure to check back in coming weeks for our overview of the city, as well as an interview with a local preservationist. Enjoy!... Read 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.

 

New name, new format ... but same helpful content! Our 10 on Tuesday series has undergone a facelift, making it easier to read and cooler to peruse. Now called Preservation Tips & Tools, this ongoing segment will continue to share the info you need to save places in your community. Enjoy -- and share!

Adapted from the article “Nine Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings” by Jack Neely

What is historic, and worth saving, varies with the beholder, but some definition is urgent. Simply put, “historic” means “old and worth the trouble.” It applies to a building that’s part of a community’s tangible past. And to a degree that may surprise cynics, old buildings can offer opportunities for a community’s future.

This article examines both the cultural and practical values of old buildings and looks at why preserving them is beneficial not only for a community’s culture, but also for its local economy.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

A History Lover’s Guide to the Shenandoah Valley

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 1 Comment

 

Old Town Winchester is home to the vibrant Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, which earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary for its combination of history, century-old buildings, museums, and a vibrant economy.
Old Town Winchester is home to the vibrant Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, which earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary for its combination of history, century-old buildings, museums, and a vibrant economy.

In our upcoming Spring 2014 issue of Preservation magazine, writer Logan Ward explores the wonders of the Shenandoah Valley’s historic limestone caves in “Virginia Underground.” The valley has plenty to offer aboveground, too -- you’ll find a guide to some of the best eateries, lodging, and historic sites that the region has to offer below.

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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.