[Preservation Tips & Tools] How to Explore Architecture with Kids

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

Exploring architecture with kids from an early age can help foster their creativity and expose them to potential new hobbies and career paths. From building a play fort to hosting an architecture-themed birthday party, today’s toolkit will help give you some fun ideas about how to make architecture more understandable for kids.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

[Interview] Artists in Residence Find Inspiration at The Shadows

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

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The 1834 Classic Revival-style home at Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana, is hosting two artists in residence for the Art & Shadows program.

This past spring, National Trust Historic Site The Shadows in New Iberia, Louisiana, welcomed two artists in residence as part of the yearlong Art & Shadows program, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visual artist Lynda Frese and fiddler David Greely were selected for the program and have been working at The Shadows to create new works within their respective mediums inspired by the site's history.

Completed in 1834 for owner David Weeks, the Classic Revival-style plantation estate on the Bayou Teche remained in the family for four generations prior to being acquired by the National Trust. The site's storied history is documented through archival photographs and letters, as well as preserved artifacts found in and around the estate.

We spoke with Lynda and David about finding inspiration at the Shadows and the projects they are working on for the remainder of the residency, which will culminate in April with a celebration melding art and music.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour Shows Critical Needs at Union Terminal

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Sarah Heffern 3 Comments

 

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On my first-ever visit to Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, I found it impossible not to be impressed from the moment it came into view. The enormous half-dome shape, stunning Art Deco details, and striking resemblance to the Super Friends’ Hall of Justice (readily obvious to someone like me who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s and '80s) combined to wow me before I even walked in the front door.

Upon entering the building, though, it continued to amaze. I hardly knew where to look first. The massive, arched ceiling sports possibly the boldest paint job I’ve ever seen -- arcs of bright yellows, oranges, and greens that somehow work together to be gorgeous, rather than garish. The glass-tile murals along the back walls are beautiful and clearly tell a story about the city. And every door (and there are many) is labeled in a cool Art Deco font, which made my inner design nerd very happy.

But, because my reason for coming to Union Terminal was as part of our National Treasures efforts to help local preservation advocates to pass a small sales tax increase dedicated to raising funds to save it, my attention quickly focused on one thing: It didn’t look threatened. At all.... 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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Historic Real Estate: Halloween Edition

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Geoff Montes

 

Infamous former guests and whispers of paranormal activity and are just some of the mysterious elements featured in this week’s Halloween-themed edition of Historic Real Estate.

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The original honeymoon suite where Poe stayed with his new wife in 1836 remains intact.

Poe’s Honeymoon Suite -- Petersburg, Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his stories involving mystery and the macabre, such as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. This historic mixed-use property in Petersburg, Virginia, has the distinction of being the spot where he spent his 1836 honeymoon with new wife Virginia Clemm, who was also his first cousin. The property consists of two buildings connected by a covered alley, and includes the established retail tenant Hiram Haines Coffee and Ale House, which was named after Poe’s longtime friend and fellow poet. Options for the rest of the property include conversion to a private residence, office space, or bed-and-breakfast. Poe’s honeymoon suite remains intact but in need of restoration. Price: $325,000... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

Widening the Preservation Lens

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Stephanie Meeks 4 Comments

 

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Left: Stephanie Meeks, speaking to architecture students at Hampton University about the need to preserve more historic places that represent the diverse history of our nation. Right: Stephanie Meeks and Germonique Ulmer, vice president of Public Affairs, at the Emancipation Oak on Hampton University's campus.

On a recent visit to Hampton University, one of our nation’s oldest and most esteemed historically black universities, I took part in a fascinating conversation with architecture students about what preservation means to them, and how we can work together to ensure the places we save reflect the diverse stories of all Americans.

We began our discussion with a visualization exercise. Take a moment to picture a place that matters to you. It may be your home, a park, a church, a school. What has it meant to your life? Does it connect you to your community? What does it say about who you are?... 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.