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The 1922 view of gated Edgewater Drive, lined with new palm trees.

Florida’s Gulf Coast might seem like a dubious place to discover Celtic history, but sandwiched between Clearwater and Palm Harbor is a city that boasts a proud Scottish heritage -- and an admirable preservation ethic.... 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.

Weekend Reads from Next City, Belt, and More

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

By Tim Mikulski, Manager, Public Affairs

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

The HOPE Crew uses a pit saw and saw trestle to rip new rafter stock from newly hewn material. | Photo credit: Molly Dickerson, Facility Manager Melrose Plantation and Gerald David, GFD Woodworking.
The HOPE Crew uses a pit saw and saw trestle to rip new rafter stock from newly hewn material. | Photo credit: Molly Dickerson, Facility Manager Melrose Plantation and Gerald David, GFD Woodworking.

“Under the guidance of expert timber framers Alicia Spence and Gerry David, the [HOPE] Crew produced all of the replacement timbers on site, using fresh cut Louisiana Cypress logs. This on-site approach made sense for two reasons. First, aesthetically, the building needed to be restored without altering its appearance. Second, few modern mills can cut the long-length material required for this project.” -- Preservation Leadership Forum Blog: Conservation in Action – The African House Roof Restoration

“Tourism is also a doubled-edged sword. On the one hand, it provides communities with many benefits: new jobs, an expanded tax base, enhanced infrastructure, improved facilities and an expanded market for local products. On the other hand, it can create burdens for local communities, such as crowding, traffic congestion, noise, increased crime, and haphazard development. So the question is: how do you maximize the benefits of tourism, while minimizing the problems?” -- Better Cities & Towns: Responsible Tourism... Read More →

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Solid Stone Colonial Seeks Connoisseur of Finely Aged Homes

2880 Forge Road -- Glasgow, Virginia

I may not be a brick house, but I’m solid as a rock. My 20-inch thick stone walls have endured for centuries and, like finely aged wine, get better over time.

All the life and vigor I’ve acquired over the last 200-plus years shines through in every fiber of my historic character -- from  my exposed wooden beams, to my beaded plank partition walls, to my stone fireplaces. All that rich, historic flavor will embrace you in any one of my three bedrooms and give you that comforting, warm feeling of home.

If you’re up for an adventure, roam around on my four-acre tract and follow the grooves of the footpaths carved out by the many explorers and frontiersmen before you. And at the end of your walk, let the awe-inspiring vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains take your breath away.

Think you are savvy enough to appreciate me? Look me up here.

Curious about buying a historic property, but not sure where to start? Read our toolkit series The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes and The ‘New Old House Starter Kit’ for Older and Historic Homes.

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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.

Down To the Wire Episode 4: The James River Matters

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by Tom Wall 1 Comment

 

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The #DownToTheWire team has been spreading the word from Richmond to Jamestown about Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to forever alter the historic James River.

Over the past two months, the #DownToTheWire team has been hard at work in Virginia, spreading the word from Richmond to Jamestown about Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to forever alter the historic James River with a new high-voltage transmission line.

And though we met thousands of people along the way, the sentiment always seemed to stay the same: “Don’t ruin our river with your ugly power lines!” Check out the final clip in our video series to see how we made sure that Dominion got the message loud and clear.... Read More →

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Tom Wall

Tom Wall is the Associate Manager of Community Outreach. His background includes television production, journalism, nonprofit communications, and marketing. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

This Place Matters: A Reflection (and Gallery) on Humble Places We Love

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

The pagoda in New Orleans in 2011.
The pagoda in New Orleans in 2011

With Preservation Month all wrapped up, Ariella Cohen of Next City shared a lovely personal reflection on a place that matters to her: a quirky pagoda in New Orleans that survived Hurricane Katrina, neglect, and abandonment to find new life as a bustling community cafe.

Here's an excerpt:

By the time I made it back to the pagoda last spring, it was loud and happy and overflowing with activity -- the way I’d always thought it should be. A young man I recognized from the neighborhood was working behind the counter. A friend was playing guitar on the deck. The greens on my breakfast taco came from an urban farm staffed by New Orleans youth. The pagoda was -- and is -- a place that matters.

Read the full story and see the cafe's terrific transformation here. Bonus: a cool gallery of some of Next City's favorite "This Place Matters" photos from Preservation Month!

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.

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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Left: Gary Martinez of Martinez+Johnson Architecture. Right: The marquee and facade of the restored Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

In the upcoming Summer 2015 issue of Preservation, we take a peek behind the curtain at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Seized during the 1970s in lieu of back taxes, the historic venue idled vacant until the New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals to restore it in 2008.

A consortium of groups participated in the project, spearheaded by ACE Theatrical Group and Martinez+Johnson Architecture. Below are excerpts from our wide-ranging conversation with Gary Martinez, president and principal at Martinez+Johnson. [The interview has been edited for length and clarity.]... 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.

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.