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Widening the Preservation Lens

President Stephanie Meeks on how the National Trust is working to build a more inclusive preservation movement.Read More »

Take Advantage of Free Virtual Programming at PastForward 2014

PastForward 2014 features four, free live-streaming presentations to anyone committed to saving places. Sign up today!Read More »

Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation

Help us craft a vision for engaging a more diverse community in preservation. Share your ideas!Read More »

Update: Colonial Williamsburg Landmark Carter's Grove Sold

The estate of Carter's Grove in Colonial Williamsburg has traded hands. Read the full update.Read More »

ISO: America’s Next Top Main Street

An accredited Main Street is has won Parade magazine's "America's Best Main Street" contest. But who?Read More »

HOPE Crew: Training the Next Generation of Preservationists

The National Trust's new Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew trains the next generation of preservationists.Read More »

Announcing America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2014

This year's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list represents our country's diverse background. Learn more.Read More »

[Interview] Craig O'Neil Is Making ART History at Miami Marine Stadium

Get a glimpse of the upcoming art event at Miami Marine Stadium in an interview with Craig O'Neil, one of the major planners.Read More »

Two Days Left to Take Our Membership Month Challenge!

blog_photo_Membership Month_Hinchliffe StadiumMembers drive our work to save America's historic places. Membership Month is a great time to join us!Read More »

Welcome to the Future: Meet The New York State Pavilion, Our Newest National Treasure

Tour the National Trust's newest National Treasure for the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World's Fair.Read More »

Nominate a Place You Love to the 2014 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

Mountain View Black Officers’ Club – Fort Huachuca, Ariz. One of the most significant examples of a military service club in the United States built specifically for African-American officers, the Mountain View Black Officer’s Club faces demolition by the U.S. Army, which has blocked efforts to list the property in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy Ft. Huachuca Archives.The deadline to nominate a place to the 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is March 3.Read More »

10 Preservation Wins in 2013

Peavey Plaza. Credit: Alexandra EasterThough we did lose some irreplaceable historic places this past year, we also celebrated many wins. Here, the year in review.Read More »

Remembering Robert Wilson, Preservation Champion

Robert (Bob) Wilson at the 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, N.Y. Credit: Joe CascioInvestor and dedicated historic preservationist Mr. Robert (Bob) Wilson passed away on Monday in Manhattan's Upper West Side.Read More »

We're Moving to the Watergate!

The mixed-use Watergate Complex has five buildings, all of which are on the National Register. Credit: Chirag D. Shah, FlickrStarting December 9, National Trust for Historic Preservation headquarters will be located in the historic Watergate complex. Read More »

Nominate America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2014!

Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home, Ward Hall. Credit: Matthew GilsonWe're now accepting nominations for our 2014 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Learn how to apply!Read More »

This Thanksgiving, We're Thankful for Your Help in Saving Places!

Enjoy this special Thanksgiving message from all of us at the National Trust to all of you.Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Save a Historic Veterans Affairs Hospital Campus

Visitors tour the Milwaukee Soldiers Home during a Doors Open Walking Tour. (Photo courtesy Peter Zanghi, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance)There are 150 historic hospital campuses operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs today. Help protect them!Read More »

[VIDEO] Saying Goodbye to Prentice Women's Hospital, a Modernist Icon

1306_blog_photo_prentice-demo_2With demolition under way at Prentice Women's Hospital, staffer Chris Morris reflects on the building's legacy.Read More »

Miami Instagrammers Take Over Miami Marine Stadium

Instameet_1_salfarsThirty avid shutterbugs got a backstage pass to Miami Marine Stadium and captured why it's a #ConcreteParadise.Read More »

Smithsonian Latino Center Fellows: Latino History is Part of American History

Ivel Gontan and David McCormick enjoy the sights in DC during their fellowship. Credit: National Trust Historic SitesAdriana Gallegos interviews the National Trust's Smithsonian Latino Center fellows about Latino heritage.Read More »

Meet at the Crossroads: Race to Indy for the National Preservation Conference

View of Indianapolis, the Circle City. Credit: Dan FrancisWe're less than a month away from the National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis. Learn more and register!Read More »

American Express' Greatest Preservation Moments (To Date)

Facade at American Express' NYC office. Credit: Dan Sorenson PhotographyAmerican Express and the National Trust are evolving Partners in Preservation -- one of AMEX's many initiatives over the decades.Read More »

National Treasure Terminal Island Now on Path to Preservation

Building on Terminal Island. Credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop, FlickrCheck out these successes in Los Angeles, from Terminal Island to the Urban Land Institute to a new field office!Read More »

#SavingPlacesMOW13: Places that Connect Us to Our Heritage

Marchers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationTwo National Trust staffers ask people at the March on Washington 2013 to share a place that matters to them.Read More »

Announcing the 2013 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

San Jose Church - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Built in 1532, San Jose Church is of the few remaining Spanish Gothic architecture structures in the Western Hemisphere. Closed for 13 years, it is threatened by deterioration and structural damage. Photo courtesy Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico.The "11 Most" list spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Read More »

Help Us Reach Our Membership Month Goal!

Large crowd. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationMay is National Trust Membership Month, and we're celebrating the powerful impact member support has on our work.Read More »

2013 Partners in Preservation Grant Winners Announced

The Washington National Cathedral. Photo courtesy Craig W. Stapert.The Washington National Cathedral is the winner of the 2013 Partners in Preservation program.Read More »

[Slideshow] Celebrating Places at the Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend

Sousapalooza! -- in honor of one of Congressional Cemetery's famous residents, John Philip Sousa -- was in full swing.The 24 Partners in Preservation sites opened their doors to the public the first weekend of May. Read More »

Embrace Your Surroundings: Introducing Our Building Hugger-in-Chief, Lindsay Rowinski

Union Station statue hug. Credit: Lindsay RowinskiOur newly minted Hugger-in-Chief has one goal: help people fall in love with their buildings and history around them.Read More »

Joe Frazier's Gym Now Listed on the National Register

Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia, Pa. Credit: warpafx, flickrThis modest, three-story space in Philadelphia will now work to secure local designation.Read More »

Help Us #PreserveDMV with Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation, the National Trust's partnership with American Express, is coming to the Washington, D.C. metro area.Read More »

Announcing the Great American Main Street Award Winners for 2013

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Rochester, Michigan celebrate their Main Streets. Credits: Ben Muldrow; Steve KovacsThe National Main Street Center reveals its three GAMSA recipients for 2013, representing terrific work nationwide.Read More »

America's Antiquities Act Makes History with Five New National Monuments

Rio Grande del Norte (Ute Mtn.) Credit: Adriel HeiseyThese new monuments protect a vast array of natural, historic, and cultural treasures. Learn more about them.Read More »

Submit Your Local Project for a National Preservation Award

Gullah Museum team. Credit: Butch HirschDoes your local preservation project deserve recognition? Apply for a National Preservation Award by March 8!Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] 10 Tips for Nominating Your Site to America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

Miami Marine Stadium. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationWritten by Sarah Coquillat, Public Affairs Intern [10 on Tuesday] 10 Tips for Nominating Your Site to America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List from PreservationNation The National Trust’s America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2013 will be announced this June, and we’ve got good news: There’s still time to nominate your favoriteRead More »

Add Sabor to the 2013 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

El Camino Real de Terra Adentro trail sign. Credit: Samat Jain, flickrThe deadline for nominations is March 1. Do you know of a place that shares diverse cultural history?Read More »

National Trust Board Member Susan Chapman Honored on theGrio's 100 List

Susan Chapman, National Trust Board of Trustee member. Credit: Susan ChapmanJoin us in congratulating Ms. Chapman on her place in theGrio's annual list of African-American leaders and history-makers.Read More »

Tell Us How We Can Help You Save Places!

Partners in Preservation NYC 2012. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationIf you're reading this blog post right now, chances are you like saving places as much as we do. But we want to get to know you even better. We want to know why you save places, how you save places, and -- most importantly -- how we at the National Trust can help youRead More »

Find Funding: How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund

Interior of the Eygyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon. Credit: Oregonkat, flickrWant funding for your preservation projects? Check out this Q&A from our Grants team to learn what's available.Read More »

Update on the National Trust’s Sandy Recovery Efforts in NYC

Damage at Liberty Island. Credit: NPS/DaleyLearn how we're supporting the New York City metro area and our partner, the National Park Service, post-Sandy.Read More »

A Special Message from National Trust President Stephanie Meeks

Enjoy this personal message from Stephanie Meeks about all the preservation progress we've made this year.Read More »

Help Us Find America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2013

Nominations are now open for the 2013 list. Know a threatened local treasure? Share it with us!Read More »

History, Memory, Trees: A Civil War Reflection at Oatlands

Staffer Katherine Malone-France reflects on the Living Legacy Program and how historic sites can aid remembrance.Read More »

Preservation Stalwart Don Rypkema Receives Crowninshield Award

The Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards honor exceptional work in the field. See this year's recipients.Read More »

National Trust Historic Sites Weather Sandy

National Trust Historic Sites escaped major damage from Hurricane Sandy.Read More »

Counting Down to the National Preservation Conference in Spokane

We're one week out from the National Preservation Conference! Learn more about host city Spokane, Wash.Read More »

César E. Chávez Site Declared a National Monument

César Chávez National Monument becomes the 4th such designation in President Obama's administration.Read More »

Chimney Rock to be Designated a National Monument

Today, we learned that the 4,726-acre Puebloan ancestral landscape in the mountains of southwestern Colorado known as Chimney Rock will reportedly be designated a National Monument by President Obama this Friday. The roughly 1,000-year-old remains of a Chacoan Indian settlement, Chimney Rock will be the third National Monument established by President Obama and joins theRead More »

Remembering Tony Goldman: Developer, Entrepreneur, and Ardent Preservationist

Tony Goldman outside SoHo, a community he helped reinvent. Most people are considered successful if they excel in even one area. Tony Goldman excelled in many: historic property developer, restaurateur, hotelier, and a leader in the historic preservation movement. Goldman, who passed away in New York City on Tuesday, was a current board member ofRead More »

Go In-Depth with the Preservation Leadership Forum Blog

Knowledge is power. And in the field of preservation, more knowledge can mean more places saved. For all our readers who want to deepen their understanding of the latest preservation research, tools, and trends, you  have a terrific new resource at your disposal: the Preservation Leadership Forum Blog. The Forum Blog is the latest benefitRead More »

National Trust Declines to Renew Stables’ Current Lease as it Considers Future Options for Historic Woodlawn Property

We've written about the threats to our Woodlawn historic property before, and wanted to keep you updated on the latest news about the site. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering two alignment options for widening Route 1 in Northern Virginia, adjacent to Fort Belvoir -- and both of these alternatives would negatively impact theRead More »

Washington National Cathedral Receives $5 Million Gift Toward Restoration

Written by Nell Ziehl, Project Manager Today, on the anniversary of the August 23, 2011 earthquake, Washington National Cathedral -- one of our National Treasures -- announced a $5 million leadership gift from Lilly Endowment to aid in the building’s restoration. The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the Cathedral, the Rev. JeanRead More »

Historic Opportunity at Fort Monroe: Fuel Local Economy with Historic Tax Credits

In November 2011, President Obama created the Fort Monroe National Monument to honor the 193-year-old fortress’s deep historical significance. This place literally bookends the slavery experience in America: In 1619, the first enslaved Africans in the New World landed at what is now Fort Monroe, and in 1861, the fort witnessed the beginnings of theRead More »

Make Adventure Happen: Our Partnership with Pacifico Beer to Save Historic Places

The National Trust is participating in the 2012 Pacifico Beer summer promotion, Make Adventure Happen, in which we are competing for a portion of $100,000 going to four worthy pre-selected nonprofits. Aimed at promoting "the places where adventure happens," this campaign spotlights how preservation is an active and vibrant cause -- one that promotes aRead More »

Main Streets Make for the Best Small Towns in America

Bardstown, Kentucky -- the newly crowned most beautiful small town in America. Those of us who are fans of historic preservation know that one of the things that make small towns great are the Main Streets that provide a vibrant -- and often historic -- backdrop for all manner of community activities. This summer, participantsRead More »

Our Op-Ed about the Future of Woodlawn, a National Treasure

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Woodlawn is a 126-acre estate that was originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The main Federal-style house was constructed between 1800 and 1805 for Washington’s nephew, Major Lawrence Lewis, and his wife, Eleanor “Nelly” Custis Lewis. During the Lewis’ years in residence, Woodlawn comprised over 2,000 acres and was supported byRead More »

Architects to Chicago: "Save Prentice Hospital!"

Historic Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago received enthusiastic support from 60 remarkable allies today -- a wide swath of prominent architects from around the world, including Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. In an open letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the architects cited the historic significance of Goldberg’s Prentice as wellRead More »

Help Us Reach Our Membership Month Goal!

Fort MonroeEverybody has goals -- earn a degree, finish a marathon, travel around the world.  And we at the National Trust have one specific goal in mind this month: add 250 new members by July 31. The number is only part of the story, though. We see National Trust Membership Month as a fitting way toRead More »

History and Exploration in Beaufort, SC

It wasn't long after my arrival in Beaufort this past Monday that I began to feel a blog post coming on. The trip down from Charleston was punctuated by views of the state's rolling green landscape of marshes, moss-draped Live Oaks, and its infamous palmetto palms. However, it wasn't a particularly nice day and theRead More »

[Interview] Poet Nikki Giovanni on the Importance of America's Rosenwald Schools

Nikki Giovanni is a widely-read American poet, equality activist, professor of English at Virginia Tech, and the keynote speaker at this week's National Rosenwald Schools Conference. Built over the past 45 years, her collection of poetry is some of the most influential on issues of black American culture and experience. We are excited for herRead More »

Preservation Round-Up: 11 Most in the News

Each year, the week of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places announcement is always busy with events, web updates, press calls, and media coverage. And each year we're fortunate to help draw a lot of attention to places that need it. Our lists of threatened historic places resonate because they cover a wide set ofRead More »

DC Celebrates 25 Years of the 11 Most List

Yesterday evening -- just a few hours after announcing our 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places -- a crowd of about 150 people gathered at the Fathom Gallery on 14th Street, NW (just across from our Restoration Diary project) to celebrate the past 25 years of saving places using our 11 Most list asRead More »

Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2012

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Trust's annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Since our first list in 1988, we have identified more than 230 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures. Whether these sites are urban districts or rural landscapes, Native American landmarks or 20th-century sports arenas, entire communities or single buildings,Read More »

Like Us on Facebook for Exclusive "11 Most" Preview

This Wednesday, America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places -- our annual list of threatened treasures around the country -- will turn 25. Since its inception in 1988, the National Trust’s "11 Most" list has become one of the most effective tools for saving our country's diverse architectural, cultural, and natural heritage. As we were preparing our formalRead More »

25 Years of the 11 Most Endangered List: Oklahoma City's Gold Dome Bank

Oklahoma City's Gold Dome Bank is unique. Built in 1958 as a Citizens State Bank, the roof is a geodesic dome made of anodized aluminum panels that gleam in the sunlight. It was the fifth geodesic dome built in the world, and was designed using futurist Buckminster Fuller's patented plans. An Oklahoma City postcard showing theRead More »

25 Years of the 11 Most Endangered List: St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions

Sometimes it's easy to experience an old or historic place and take for granted the many hours, efforts, and people it required over the years to preserve its character. It's easy to think that everyone holds the same preservation values, and that the hard work of keeping things around just kind of happens. Somehow. ButRead More »

25 Years of the 11 Most Endangered List: Alaska's Kennecott Mines

The old Kennecott mill town -- a feat of human ingenuity that will make your jaw drop -- is perched on the edge of a glacial moraine, in the deep interior of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the nation’s largest national park. The Guggenheims and Morgans (of J.P. Morgan fame) financed the construction of the self-containedRead More »

25 Years of the 11 Most Endangered List: Thomas Edison's Invention Factory

"How can you take all these resources and best organize them for an authentic and logical visitor experience?" That was the question that Richard Southwick, Director of Historic Preservation for Beyer Blinder Belle, and his team asked themselves when they were tasked with restoring Thomas Edison's Invention Factory in West Orange, New Jersey. The factoryRead More »

Celebrating 25 Years of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Wide open space: that's something North Dakota has a lot of. However, if you’ve ever explored this part of Big Sky Country, you know that the prairie – which seems to stretch and roll endlessly – is often punctuated by simple, yet remarkable church houses. Built by first-generation settlers from Germany, Poland, Iceland, Russia, and Scandinavia, theseRead More »

Check In on Foursquare, Unlock the Preservation Nation Badge!

Ah, Friday afternoon, that time of the week when many people's thoughts start straying towards the weekend. (Not mine, of course. I am totally focused on work.) If your plans for the next two days involve visiting historic places, and you're on Foursquare, I have a challenge for you: unlock the Preservation Nation badge onRead More »

40 New York City Historic Sites to Compete for $3 Million in Preservation Grants

The New York City skyline. (Photo: The Nails on Flickr)Partners in Preservation, our annual community-based initiative with American Express, is coming to New York City -- and it’s bigger than ever! We tripled the grant money and almost doubled the amount of historic sites in order to celebrate the diverse urban fabric of the Big Apple. You can help decide which of the 40Read More »

Is Miami Marine Stadium the Next High Line?

It seems like everyone's talking about "the next High Line." And why not? Who wouldn't want to see the same wild success that the redevelopment of New York City's abandoned elevated rail structure into the High Line has? The Miami Marine Stadium, one of our 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2009, is one of those "next cool place" contenders.Read More »

Preservation Valentines for Prentice Women's Hospital

The Save Prentice Coalition - a collaboration between AIA Chicago, docomomo chicago midwest, Landmarks Illinois, Preservation Chicago, and the National Trust - announced a new, slightly nontraditional campaign (aren't those the best kind?) to bring attention and, yes, love to Prentice. Presenting, the "Show Prentice Some Love" contest.Read More »

Belmead-on-the-James Is Not Doomed!

A recent online news report from Forbes Magazine gave the misleading impression that Belmead Mansion in Powhatan County is “doomed.” A later iteration of the same article went so far as to say that the mansion is slated for demolition. In fact, Belmead is going strong. Thanks to the renewed attention it received after the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Belmead one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in June of 2011, Belmead’s future is brighter than at any time in recent memory.Read More »

Major Victory in Fight to Save Guam’s Pågat Village

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, the U.S. Navy announced that it has decided to re-evaluate plans for a firing range complex that it had planned to build at an ancient settlement and important cultural site on Guam, Pågat Village.Read More »

Preservation and Memory

Moving the Vesey Street Staircase, 2008. (Photo courtesy of the Federal Transit Administration, Lower Manhattan Recovery Office.)Written by Erica Stewart On this 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, it is hard not to be revisited by strong feelings of grief and loss. The emotions are still close to the surface, and still powerful for many of us—and may always be. But we can take some comfort in reflecting how farRead More »

New Uses at the Eisenhower Veterans Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas

At the Eisenhower Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, the Pioneer Group reached a milestone this month with the grand re-opening of the former VA Mess Hall.Read More »

"Battle for Blair Mountain" Special to Air August 14 on CNN

CNN has announced a special documentary on Blair Mountain by Soledad O’Brien on August 14th at 8:00 p.m. Although the piece will focus primarily on the controversy over mountain-top removal mining, preservationists concerned about the fate of this nationally significant historic place – where more than 10,000 people clashed over labor rights for coal miners in 1921 – should be sure to tune in.Read More »

A Return to Cuba

The National Trust is among just a handful of organizations to have been granted a People-to-People license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) allowing them to return to Cuba. They have created and plan to conduct meaningful programs that allow for an exchange of information and ideas between Americans and Cubans on the subject of historic preservation and related cultural heritage issues while witnessing the customs and Colonial architecture of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.Read More »

Looking Back at the 11 Most: Indiana’s Historic Bridges

Near the end of the twentieth century, Indiana’s historic bridges were disappearing at an alarming rate. These structures - vital as they were to the state’s heritage and transportation development - were so threatened that they were added to the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places List in 2002. Read more about what's been done since then to protect these important structures.Read More »

Looking Back at the 11 Most: The Manhattan Project's K-25

Listed as one of our 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2009, The Manhattan Project’s Enola Gay Hangar is still in danger. Another endangered and already partially-demolished Manhattan Project site (demolition restarted last week) is K-25. At the time it was completed in March 1945, the K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant was the largest and costliest of all the properties associated with the Manhattan Project.Read More »

Looking Back at the 11 Most: California’s State Parks

When I moved to California five years ago after a lifetime spent on the east coast, I had a lot to learn about my new home. To combat my sense of disorientation, I became a heritage tourist in my own back yard, hoping the past would help me get better acquainted with the present. Not surprisingly, California’s state parks played a central role in my efforts.Read More »

Looking Back at the 11 Most: Saving the Birthplace of Montana

Historic buildings along Wallace Street in Virginia City, Montana.  (Photo: Jim Lindberg)My colleague Betsy Merritt’s blog post on the history of the 11 Most Endangered Places list noted that 1997 was a signature year for the program with six “outright” saves. She forgot another place saved that year: Virginia City, Montana.Read More »

[Correction] Looking Back: 23 Years of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Written by Elizabeth Merritt A few weeks ago, I contributed a blog post about the origins of the National Trust’s annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. As an “old soldier” at the National Trust, I have to admit I was using a military mindset in telling the story and giving the “general”Read More »

Quiet and Honor at Minidoka National Historic Site

Historic photo of Minidoka's honor roll of service members. (Photo: Friends of Minidoka)Most of all, the Sunday morning ceremony honored the bravery of those who served in World War II, particularly the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit in the US Army.Read More »

The State of America’s National Parks: A Response

Last week, the National Parks Conservation Association released their report on the State of America’s National Parks calling for major improvements in the management of natural, historic and cultural resources in advance of the 2016 centennial of the Park Service. The report, based on 10 years of research on 80 park units, finds that the Park Service lacks the professional and financial capacity to care for the 27,000 historic structures, 4 million archaeological sites, 123 million museum objects and archival documents in park units it is responsible for protecting.Read More »

Looking Back at the 11 Most: Texas' Historic Courthouses

“Dignified public spaces promote dignified public actions.” The restored courthouses of the Lone Star State are a testament to this adage and these temples of democracy are, furthermore, beacons of hope for the preservation and renewal of smaller towns and cities.Read More »

Looking Back at the 11 Most: Boston's Historic Theaters

Sixteen years ago, when the Mayor of Boston nominated Boston’s historic theaters to the National Trust’s list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, never would we have imagined what twisty-turny path historic preservation would take. Or, how long it would take! This preservation saga is a great reminder of the adages: Good things take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Persistence pays off. And, patience is a virtue.Read More »

Looking Back: 23 Years of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, FloridaAs one of the few employees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation who was around for the creation of the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places back in 1988, the annual announcement of the new list brings with it a flood of memories. Read More »

Preservation Round-Up: Lovin' on John Coltrane Edition

The John Coltrane Home is a 1952 ranch-style house on Long Island, New York. Long driveway, corner windows, white aluminum and red brick, and wrought iron stair rails. You know the house, because it’s the same one that lines the curvilinear streets of suburbs nationwide. Listed as one of this year’s America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, the John Coltrane Home is special not for its specific design, craftsmanship, or contribution to its surroundings – but instead for what happened inside.Read More »

Managing Growth without Unfair Exceptions: “Watch Status” for Charleston

For the first time in its history, the 11 Most list has been supplemented with a site placed on “Watch Status”: the city of Charleston. The Watch Status means that a specific threat to a historic site appears to be growing, but can be avoided or controlled through collaboration and innovation. Read more about why the city was placed on our watch list, and why meaningful, across-the-board regulation will help ensure Charleston's future.Read More »

Preservation Round-Up: Getting the Word Out Edition

Today’s round-up is all about America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The 2011 list was announced yesterday, and there has been a ton of buzz from around the country about these threatened places, all of which are important for our nation’s built legacy and broader story.Read More »

Remembering the Importance of Industrial Heritage

Saving places that tell the story of our industrial heritage isn’t easy. These places, which are often quite gritty, in a state of disrepair, and surrounded by brownfields, are also incredibly inspiring and important. We hope that by continuing to draw attention to their plight and reuse possibilities, more of these places will be saved.Read More »

Let These Not Be Lost: America's 2011 Most Endangered Historic Places

City of CharlestonAmerica’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has identified more than 200 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures since 1988. Today, we annouce the places on our 2011 list – places that help tell America's story.Read More »

Notes from the 90th Anniversary March on Blair Mountain

On June 11th, around 1,000 people gathered in Blair, West Virginia to celebrate the conclusion of the 50-mile march on Blair Mountain, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the march of thousands of coal miners who took up arms to improve their living and working conditions. The Friends of Blair Mountain, which only formed a few years ago, has taken advocacy for the mountain to a new and unprecedented level.Read More »

How to Use Social Media to Promote Endangered Places Lists

Every year statewide and local organizations list historic sites in their region that are under threat, in peril, or endangered. Here at Forum we put together some tips for how to use social media to promote your list of endangered historic places. Read More »

The Past and Future of Blair Mountain Battlefield

Relatively few Americans have heard of Blair Mountain in West Virginia, where the largest civil insurrection in American history, second only to the Civil War, was fought between at least 10,000 mine workers and “defenders” comprised of local law enforcement officers, volunteers, and enforcers on the payroll of coal companies. Read More »

Walmart Announces New Orange County Location, Away From the Wilderness Battlefield

The Wilderness Battlefield.Longtime readers of this blog will know that the National Trust been following (and fighting) Walmart's plans to build a superstore in Orange County, Virginia because the location selected was part of the Wilderness Battlefield and immediately adjacent to the National Park. In January, the news arrived that Walmart had decided to select an alternateRead More »

Design Contest Draws Positive Attention to Miami Marine Stadium

Thanks to the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium’s Floating Stage Design Contest, there is now considerable momentum behind the movement to restore the landmark waterfront stadium.Read More »

Court Ruling "a Setback" for New Mexico's Mount Taylor

Mount TaylorWritten by Ti Hays On Friday, a state district court in New Mexico dealt a setback to the effort of several Indian tribes and pueblos to gain increased protection and recognition for Mount Taylor - included on our 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places.  The court determined that a state review committee violatedRead More »

Strip Mining Threatens More Than Just Buildings on Black Mountain

Black Mountain The strip mining of Black Mountain could ruin the towns’ water supply, kill the burgeoning heritage tourism industry and damage the fragile ecosystem.Read More »

Wide Load: With Mass Demolition Imminent, House Moving Becomes Last Hope for Classic New Orleans Architecture

What happens when preserving a neighborhood intact isn't an option anymore? See how Mid-City New Orleans is responding to the rumbling of the bulldozer - and creating affordable housing in the process.Read More »

Scholars & Artists Write in Support of Blair Mountain National Register Listing

Written by Nell Ziehl On September 29, 2010, prominent scholars and artists from across the country called on the National Park Service and the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office to relist Blair Mountain (one of our 2006 11 Most Endangered Historic Places) in the National Register of Historic Places. National Register listing would provide specialRead More »

Fight Against CAFO Near Minidoka Covered by Huffington Post

Over the three years since we listed Minidoka National Historic Site on our list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places, we've provided updates as the fight against a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) has made its way through the courts. Earlier this week, the Huffington Post took up the story, with a lengthy piece byRead More »

Are 'McMansions' Going on a Diet?

Bergen County, NJ, 2007For the first time in a long time the idea of bigger being better is not so popular, with new homes starting to shrink in size.Read More »

Schools: Reflecting on Recent Environmental Lessons Learned

Written by Renee Kuhlman        Each and every morning, I kick off the day by reading through a slew of newspaper stories and blog posts chronicling school closures, rehabilitations, and funding issues. To be honest, it's a labor of love that comes with the territory of being the "schools guru" for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's CenterRead More »

Preservation Law Notes: Development at Lewis and Clark Portage Site Stalled by Montana Supreme Court Ruling

Written by Amy Cole and Anne Hedges   The Montana Supreme Court sided with agricultural interests, environmentalists, and preservation advocates when it recently ruled that Cascade County, Montana’s rezoning of agricultural land to heavy industrial to facilitate the development of an energy complex constituted illegal spot zoning (see Plains Grains v. Board of County Commissioners of Cascade County).Read More »

Historic & Archaeological Sites on Blair Mountain Being Damaged

Blair Mountain in West Virginia, site of the largest armed labor conflict in U.S. history. (Photo: Harvard Ayers)Written by Nell Ziehl Earlier this month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Sierra Club and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition learned that at least five locations within the Blair Mountain National Register-nominated battlefield (listed as one of our 2006 11 Most Endangered Historic Places) have been bulldozed and partially destroyed. We know thatRead More »

San Francisco Tours Offer a Glimpse at the Asian Pacific American Experience

The Peace Pagoda in Japantown.Before coming to California I knew that my visit would include typical tourist experiences. But during the last weekend in June I found myself experiencing a different view of San Francisco, one that looked at the history of the city through the lens of APA America.Read More »

Saving Older and Historic Schools: Are We There Yet?

Ten years ago, older and historic neighborhood schools made the National Trust's annual listing of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Today, the fight to save these places that matter continues.Read More »

11 Most Listing Yields an Action-Packed 24 Hours

Industrial Arts Building - view looking east Have you ever wondered what happens in the first 24 hours after a preservation project is listed to our 11 Most Endangered list? Our statewide partner in Nebraska shares his story.Read More »

Mark Twain National Forest’s Fuchs House Restored Thanks to Unusual Partnership

Exterior of Fuchs House, 2004 (Photo: KC Olsen)A team from Rolla, Missouri, came back with an unusual proposal: sixteen teams would rehab the house at no cost to the forest, in exchange for use of the property for two weeks each year.Read More »

Hundreds Trek to South Dakota Human Services Center for Open House

Visitors tour the Human Services Center campus during the open house.More than 500 people from Yankton and surrounding communities toured the Mead Building interior and learned of the threats facing the larger campus.Read More »

Preservation Advocacy - Guam Style

The entrance to Pagat cave.On Saturday, May 29 the Guam Preservation Trust hosted a spectacular celebration for a place simply known as Pågat, an ancient village featured on 2010’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.Read More »

Teaching Preservation: Making an Endangered List and Checking it Twice

Alex and Sam, hard at work.Written by members of the BAP Student Advisory Board For several years, the Boise Architecture Project (BAP) has followed the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual listing of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places with interest. As young historians, it is much more interesting and engaging to learn about history from the source – includingRead More »

Tourism Cares for Angel Island

Written by Bruce Beckham On June 4, more than 300 volunteers, professionals from the travel and tourism industry, will gather on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay to give some much needed TLC to this historic California State Park, a priority project of Save America's Treasures.  Tourism Cares for America (TCFA) is a volunteer programRead More »

Wilde Again!

The Wilde Building in Bloomfield, CTAfter more than 10 years, the Wilde Building in Bloomfield, CT has gotten a new lease on life.Read More »

The National Trust Needs Your Help - Vote for Preservation Today

Staff at  the National Trust say, "Your Vote Matters!"Voting ends on May 23 so we’re pulling out all the stops and flat-out asking everyone who interacts with us to please cast a vote for us before Sunday – and for you to ask five of your friends to do the same.Read More »

2010's 11 Most Endangered List Announced

The cliff line at Pågat, Guam.This year’s list, like every previous one since 1988, is a near-kaleidoscopic roster of important places threatened by everything from plain ol’ decay to appallingly short-sighted policies.Read More »

Preservation Law Notes: Fight to Protect Historic New Orleans Neighborhood Continues

Outer Banks, a popular bar situated in the footprint of the proposed VA hospital, displays a copy of the National Trust’s complaint and related notices in its window. Behind every effort to preserve a famous landmark or an important cultural site lies an individual, or more often, a group of people who stand to be directly affected by whatever decision comes their way.Read More »

Mitchell and Favrot Grants Spur Growth and Development at Diverse Array of Sites and Projects

Smokestack and barracks at Heart Mountain.What do web-based virtual exhibitions, an iron furnace, and historic windows have in common? Projects related to all three were funded with grants from the National Trust.Read More »

Taking the “School Siting Matters” Message on the Road

Some communities are using "walking school buses" to encourage more students to walk and bike to school.Written by Royce Yeater, AIA On April 12, I spoke with three other panelists before a small group of school board officials about why school location matters at their national conference in Chicago.  During the session, we explained our concerns about the effects of remote school siting on the livability of our communities and theRead More »

Judge Hears Argument in Minidoka Lawsuit

Guard Tower at Minidoka EntranceFriday, April 23 was Minidoka's day in court…finally, as a coalition of interest groups, neighbors, and citizens challenged Jerome County's approval of an industrial farm in October 2008.Read More »

Preservationist Leaves Behind a Lasting Legacy in North Dakota

Dale at the Hutmacher Farmstead in 2008.Written by Jim Lindberg For North Dakota preservationists, the years from 1995 to 2010 will henceforth be known as "the Dale Bentley Era."  That era ended on March 29th, when Dale passed away at age 41, after a lengthy illness.  Last week, I joined other preservationists, friends and family members at the historic Fargo TheaterRead More »

Harriet Tubman, the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway and the Future of Energy on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: An Update

Preservation challenges come in many forms, and often success is found through the added strength we gain from our ‘partners in the field’ who join us in raising our voices to a pitch that cannot be ignored.Read More »

Small Ducts Make a Big Difference at President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's CottageA couple of summers ago I was in Plano, Illinois for meetings at our mid-century modern masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, when I was trapped in town overnight because of flash floods. The only place I could find to stay was a lovely bed and breakfast on the edge of town. When the owner found outRead More »

County Funding Turns the Tide for Miami Marine Stadium

Miami Marine Stadium, corner viewThe Friends of Miami Marine Stadium have been working for more than a year to turn the tide of public opinion and local government plans for the stadium. Yesterday was one of those days when we might say the tide has turned.Read More »

Think Ellis Island is Saved? It May Not Be...

The restored Ferry Building at Ellis IslandAs one America's most important places telling the story of immigration, it may come as a surprise to many that Ellis Island is still very much endangered today, even more so since the last two weeks.Read More »

Once Endangered, St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions Reopens

St. Augustine preservationist Theresa Segal at the Bridge of Lions opening celebration.The community had a great day of celebration on St. Patrick’s Day to mark the bridge’s reopening, even with the rain. While public officials made their speeches, it really was a day for the citizens of St. Augustine.Read More »

New Life for Old Cook County Hospital

A nine-year advocacy effort to prevent the demolition of Chicago's Old Cook County Hospital may have ended on March 2nd, when the County Board voted to support a rehabilitation proposal to convert the long-vacant structure into medical offices.Read More »

Arts & Letters Take Center Stage on Cuba Visit

Written by Kevin Daniels Day three of our trip to Cuba was focused more specifically to preservation as we visited the Higher Institute of Arts campus and the Finca Vigía home of Ernest Hemmingway. During the morning visit to the Institute (former Havana Country Club site) we met with one of the three original architects,Read More »

Award-Winning Preservation: Leading a Grassroots Movement in New Orleans

Since 2007, Sandra Stokes' laser-like focus has been directed on New Orleans' Charity Hospital, the second largest hospital in the United States when dedicated in 1939.Read More »

New Orleans Hearing Addresses Failures of Mid-City Planning Process

Written by Jack Davis “This case is about the public’s right to know,” lawyer Jamie Gibbs Pleune told a federal judge in New Orleans on Wednesday. The public was kept in the dark, she said, by the federal, state, and city government planners of a huge two-hospital complex that would replace a 67-acre neighborhood andRead More »

How to Save a Modern Landmark

Today, Next Century Associates announced that it will scrap plans to demolish the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, one of America’s icons of modern architecture.Read More »

Award-Winning Preservation: The Survivors' Staircase Moves from Endangered to Saved

The Federal Transit Administration saved the Vesey Street Staircase - once included on our 11 Most Endangered list - and other evocative links with 9/11.Read More »

What’s New on Baltimore’s West Side: "Superblock" Threatened

The restored Hippodrome Theatre is a centerpiece of Baltimore’s West Side.Written by Tyler Gearhart Sometimes it seems like preservationists’ work is never done, even when there are legal documents that prescribe a preservation-based solution. When the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Baltimore’s West Side commercial district one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 1999, no advocacy group was more pleased than PreservationRead More »

Ideas Wanted: Unique Opportunities for Creative Reuse Projects in the Mark Twain National Forest

The historic buildings and picturesque surroundings at Markham Springs would provide the ideal location for a bed and breakfast or an event venue.For the first time ever, several unique historic resources located within the Mark Twain National Forest are available for reuse through public-private partnerships.Read More »

Nine Mile Canyon: Looking Back at Ten Years of Advocacy on the Day of an Important Announcement

More than 10,000 prehistoric rock art images exist in Nine Mile Canyon, which also contains sites associated with pioneer settlement and ranching history.Written by Amy Cole and Ti Hays Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon has been the focus of National Trust for Historic Preservation advocacy efforts for nearly ten years due to the adverse effects from a series of natural gas development proposals on the canyon’s remarkable collection of prehistoric rock art sites. Today, the Bureau of LandRead More »

A Christmas Miracle for an 11 Most Save

The newly-restored exterior of Mission San Miguel Arcangel.As the nomination deadline for the 2010 listing of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places inches closer, a heartwarming holiday story emerges about California’s once-threatened Mission San Miguel Arcangel.Read More »

Flashback, 1950: Suburbanizing New Orleans

Charity HospitalLast month I found myself in New Orleans for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields conference, wondering if I had unwittingly traveled back in time to the 1950s or 60s. The conference was great; it was the city’s land use planning that left me disoriented. This was my first trip to New Orleans, and in additionRead More »

World Trade Center "Last Column" Among Save America's Treasures Grant Recipients

The last column standing at Ground Zero. (Credit: National September 11 Memorial and Museum)Just a few days ago, Save America's Treasures announced a grant to conserve the now-iconic "Last Column"—the final steel structure removed from Ground Zero during the 9/11 rescue effort.Read More »

Hawai'i's Natatorium Deserves to be Saved

National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe calls for Honolulu to save a long-neglected but nonetheless cherished icon of Hawai'i's past – the Waikíkí War Memorial Natatorium.Read More »

63 Sites in Nine Mile Canyon Added to the National Register

The pregnant buffalo rock art panel is one of the sites just listed in the National Register. Great news for Nine Mile Canyon! We are pleased to report that 63 sites in Nine Mile Canyon, Utah, have just been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Read More »

Obama Team Can Use New Orleans Hospital Controversy as a Test Case

Written by Jack Davis New Orleanians meeting with President Obama Thursday will be asking, as usual, for more federal money – for hurricane protection, to keep Louisiana’s wetlands from vanishing, to make housing affordable. This fragile city, in its fifth year of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, has no shortage of urgent needs. But one criticalRead More »

Jimmy Buffett Asks the Citizens of Margaritaville to Support Miami Marine Stadium

One of the places listed on our 2009 11 Most Endangered List, the Miami Marine Stadium, is getting a boost from a big name -- Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett, who has recorded a public service announcement in support of saving the similarly-iconic modernist site. A recent Miami Herald article shared the story: Singer-songwriter JimmyRead More »

Two down, 31 to Go: Another Rosenwald School Preservation Success Story

The Great Branch Teacherage, before restoration.Written by Tracy Hayes Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Great Branch Teacherage in Orangeburg, SC to celebrate the completion of its three year restoration project and reopening to the public. In 2008, the Great Branch Community Center received a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s and the National Trust for Historic Preservation toRead More »

The Kennecott Stabilization Project: A Park Service Success Story

mill (with depot2)Written by Brian Turner In the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska is a feat of human ingenuity that will make your jaw drop. The old Kennecott mill town is perched on the edge of a glacial moraine, in the deep interior of the nation’s largest national park. The Guggenheims and Morgans financedRead More »

Harriet Tubman Meets Pepco in Dorchester County

Bucktown United Methodist ChurchWritten by Elizabeth Beckley As the Eastern Shore Field Director for Preservation Maryland, I cover a beautiful and fragile region known as Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Known as the ‘Bread Basket of the Nation’, in Washington’s day, it is one of the few remaining places where one can literally walk through the colonial landscape as itRead More »

In California, "Fantastic" State Parks News Doesn't Hold Up to Scrutiny

Written by Anthony Veerkamp Last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a press release concerning the fate of California’s state parks. Judging by most of the media coverage that ensued, you’d think that parks advocates had scored a major victory. Alas, what the Governor called “fantastic news for all Californians" turns out on closer reading toRead More »

Notes from the Field: Charity Hospital Benefit Concert a Hit

Dr. John, center, on guitar with "Right Place, Wrong Time." Saturday's benefit concert to raise money and awareness for the movement to save Charity Hospital was pure New Orleans. Held at the Howlin' Wolf in the Warehouse District (just steps away from the Preservation Resource Center's headquarters), the concert attracted special out-of-town guests, plus many of the city's top-flight talents, who offered rhythm and blues,Read More »

Notes from New Orleans: New Poll Shows NOLA Citizens Favor Re-Use of Charity Hospital

Many of us have been saying it for a long time, but now it has been verified through a recent public opinion poll—the citizens of New Orleans and political leadership are in two completely different places (literally and figuratively) when it comes to where to build a new LSU hospital. And it could have implicationsRead More »

LA's Once-Endangered Ennis House Stabilized, on the Market

Yesterday morning as I walked into work, I ran into a colleague and, after exchanging the usual pleasantries, she told me about a great story she'd been listening to on NPR on her way into the office. It was about the Ennis House, an iconic Frank Lloyd Wright creation in Los Angeles that had fallenRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Federal Lawsuit Moved to NOLA

We learned Tuesday that the federal court has ruled that the case the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed against FEMA and the Department of Veterans Affairs in DC federal court in May will be transferred to New Orleans federal district court. Our suit maintains that the two federal agencies violated the National Environmental PolicyRead More »

Final, Signed California Budget has Additional State Park Cuts

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed his state's budget yesterday afternoon -- one that includes $6 million more in cuts to state parks than was expected just last week. According to our partners at the Save Our State Parks coalition, this brings "the total General Fund cut for this budget year to $14.2M. It is expectedRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Veterans Affairs Proposes Demolition of Building in CBD

The VA Medical Center in New Orleans.Saying that it’s the only way to add closer-in laboratory facilities, a dental clinic, and sterile processing and distribution services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing to demolish the five- story VA Building #2, which sits next to the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in New Orleans Central Business District. On the vacant landRead More »

California's "Big 5" Propose Saving Some Park Funding, but the Battle is Not Yet Won

Written by Anthony Veerkamp Last night, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the leadership of the State Senate and Assembly (collectively known as the “Big 5”) announced that they had reached a deal on the state budget. While the budget deal is not yet available in print, several sources have confirmed that the agreement to eraseRead More »

Saving South Pasadena: Conversation with a Front Lines Freeway Fighter

710_rallyInterview by Jason Clement Ten years ago this month, a court-ordered injunction halted the reckless extension of Route 710 through the middle of historic South Pasadena, Pasadena and El Sereno. As a result, 1,000 homes and 6,000 trees were saved in a six-mile corridor that is home to a handful of National Register historic districts.Read More »

One of 220: National Trust Historic Site Included on List of Proposed Park Closures in California

cooper-molera-adobeFrom ghost towns and lighthouses to expanses of fragile desert and those infamous redwoods, California’s 1.4-million-acre parks system boasts more than 280 miles of coastline, 625 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 3,000 miles of hike and bike trails...for now. If you've watched the news lately, you know that times are toughRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Land Acquisition for LSU Hospital Halted

Governor Bobby Jindal's commissioner of administration, Angele Davis, announced last week that land acquisition on the LSU portion of the proposed hospital site in Lower Mid-City New Orleans would be halted. The announcement appears to be an attempt to pressure LSU to adopt a compromise regarding the governance of the state hospital. The compromise wasRead More »

A Big Victory in the Fight to Preserve South Carolina’s Ashley River Region

Watson HillBy George McDaniel I am thrilled to report a positive outcome in our long campaign to stop the mega-development, Watson Hill, and to preserve the historic Ashley River Region. The wonderful news is that the timber company, MeadWestvaco, which initially sold the tract in July 2004, is re-purchasing Watson Hill and folding it into their largerRead More »

Student Proposals, Structural Analysis Study for Miami Marine Stadium

Grafitti at Miami Marine Stadium (Photo: Spillis Candela DMJM Archives)Written by Karen Nickless The City of Miami closed Miami Marine Stadium in 1992. Since then it has been neglected, sitting in a sea of empty asphalt. Almost every square inch is covered with graffiti. The city plans to redevelop the site and the rest of Virginia Key, but they are lukewarm about preserving theRead More »

Three Rosenwald School Projects Score for South Carolina at National History Day

Alex Hayes, winner of outstanding project from SC with the documentary <i>Julius Rosenwald and the Legacy of Rosenwald Schools.</i>Written by Tracy Hayes Three projects featuring Julius Rosenwald and the legacy of Rosenwald Schools placed in the finals for their state and traveled to College Park, Maryland for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland June 14-18. This year’s contest topic was The Individual in History and theirRead More »

LSU Hospital Plan Oversight Bill Stumbles in Louisiana Senate

The Senate Education Committee of the Louisiana Legislature likely killed House Bill 780 yesterday by deferring it, after a vote to report it favorably out of the committee failed. It's doubtful that the bill can be resuscitated. This bill would prohibit the LSU Board of Supervisors from purchasing or expropriating land for the development ofRead More »

Surely There Couldn't Be a Threat to the Brooklyn Bridge, Right? Wrong.

Brooklyn Bridge above as it now appears.  (Credit: Dumbo Neighborhood Alliance) New York City Residents:  Contact City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to urge them to reject the Dock Street proposal. Written by Roberta Lane This afternoon, the City Council of New York City will vote on whether to approve the Dock Street DUMBO project, a 17-story tower that would rise within 98Read More »

Demolishing Tiger Stadium "is a Mistake"

The remaining portion of Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)Statement from Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation With General Motors and Chrysler in bankruptcy and the Michigan economy in tatters, Detroit residents are looking for some good news. Unfortunately, city leaders refused to extend fundraising deadlines for the redevelopment of Tiger Stadium, so the beloved old ballpark-yet another emblem ofRead More »

A Victory for New Mexico's Endangered Mt. Taylor

mt-taylor-2Written by Ti Hays Last Friday, in a highly anticipated decision, the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee unanimously voted to list Mount Taylor on the State Register of Cultural Properties. The decision ends for now a debate over Mount Taylor’s future that has divided the community of Grants and generated passionate appeals from thoseRead More »

Californians: Ask Your Legislators to Save 220 State Parks

california-state-parksCalifornians, take action now: write to your state legislators and let them know you oppose closing 220 of your state parks. Written by Anthony Veerkamp Three days ago, I took the train to Sacramento (that’s right, do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint!) to provide comment on behalf of the National Trust forRead More »

Take Action to Help Save Detroit's Tiger Stadium

June 3, 2009 protest at Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)UPDATE, MONDAY, JUNE 8 Detroit's WXYZ news station is reporting that the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy's request for an injunction to prevent further demolition of the ballpark has been denied. We will be issuing an official statement on this loss later today. ADDITIONAL UPDATE: An injunction has been granted and the demolition ceased late FridayRead More »

Tiger Stadium Protesters Seek “More Vision and Less Demolition”

June 3, 2009 protest at Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)Written by Royce Yeater Refrains of “Take me out to the Ball Game” interspersed with chants of “Save Tiger Stadium” rose in the late night air at the corner of Trumbull and Michigan in Detroit last night. About 100 protesters gathered before midnight outside what remains of the famous but long-abandoned historic baseball park. TheyRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Bill Requiring LSU Funding Approval Wins 94-2

By a vote of 94 to 2, the Louisiana House on Wednesday passed House Bill 780, which would require LSU to have the financing plan for its proposed new hospital approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget before it could purchase or seize property on the proposed Lower Mid-City site. We spent twoRead More »

NOLA City Planning Commission Hears from Scores of Citizens about LSU/VA Hospital Plans

This past Thursday evening, seven members of the New Orleans City Planning Commission--for the first time before this body in a public setting--heard about the plans for the state and VA hospitals in New Orleans. The commission also got an earful of opposition from the public about those plans, and heard--again, for the first timeRead More »

South Asians: Stewards of America's Roadside Heritage

The neon sign at the El Don Motel, Albuquerque, NM, during the day.Written by Anne Dodge Since April of 2008, I have been working on a project called “66 Motels”, a collection of photos and interviews that document the independently owned, historic motels of Route 66 and their owners. I was drawn into this project after studying preservation planning along Route 66 for my master’s thesis. InRead More »

Preservation Fund Grants Aid Endangered Sites

Vizcaya’s Central Pool and South Façade, 2005.  Image of the central pool in Vizcaya’s center garden, with the south façade of the main house in the background. (Photograph by Bill Sumner)Two sites with a connection to our 11 Most Endangered List have been selected to receive grants from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation. This program, one of our Preservation Funds, provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place.Read More »

Washington Post Sees the Larger Purpose of our 11 Most List

Written by Caroline Barker Every year we get a lot of coverage from our announcement of America's 11 Most Endangered Places. You might have read about it in an earlier blog post or on our Preservation in the News roundup. It is not often, however, that we get the kind of coverage that shows suchRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Our Comments on Proposed VA Medical Center Designs

This past week we submitted comments on behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the four latest design schemes for the proposed VA medical center in New Orleans. If plans do not change, this medical center is to be built on 30 acres of land (10 square blocks) cleared of 123 historic houses,Read More »

Senior Citizens in Scrabble, VA Are Going Back To School

Nanette Butler Roberts, a Scrabble alumna, sings the Star Spangled Banner. Written by Crista Gibbons Last Saturday, rather than tend to my normal “mommy” weekend duties, I left the kids with my husband and went to work. But it was no typical day at work -- it turned out to be one of the most beautiful and moving memories I have of my nine years atRead More »

A Letter to the Governor Of West Virginia Regarding Blair Mountain

Following news that the State of West Virginia requested that Blair Mountain be removed from the National Register of Historic Places, several committed volunteers helped the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia gather signatures for a scholars’ letter, urging an alternative to surface mining on the site. More thanRead More »

Charity Hospital: Lawsuit Filed Against Department of Veteran Affairs and FEMA

Continuing our efforts to save the historic Mid-City neighborhood from needless demolition - 67 acres of homes and businesses in Mid-City are slated to be demolished to make room for sprawling new hospital campuses for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University - the National Trust for Historic Preservation today filed a lawsuitRead More »

11 Most Endangered List Featured on NBC Nightly News

I'm sure there are some people who are jaded about seeing their organization on the evening news, but I am not one of them. It might be a little geeky to admit, but I always get excited that that people all over the country are getting to hear about the good work that happens hereRead More »

Announcing America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, 2009 Edition

There are certain things that pretty much everyone who works here at the National Trust for Historic Preservation has on their calendar: the National Preservation Conference, Preservation Month, and, of course, today’s biggie, the announcement of our annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for HistoricRead More »

New Threats to the Minidoka National Historic Site

Entrance to Minidoka, 1944.Written by Elaine Stiles The Minidoka National Historic Site (NHS) in Jerome County, Idaho is a place with a hard past, and for the past few years, a pretty challenging present, too. Now a National Park unit, Minidoka was one of ten relocation centers for persons of Japanese descent during World War II. The NationalRead More »

Governor's Request Endangers West Virginia's Blair Mountain

Aerial view of Blair Mountain Battlefield in West Virginia. Written by Nell Ziehl Earlier this month, preservation advocates were thrilled that the National Park Service listed Blair Mountain (Logan County, West Virginia) -- the site of a massive 1921 coal miners' insurrection and the largest armed conflict on U.S. soil since the Civil War -- in the National Register of Historic Places. The NationalRead More »

Signed, Sealed, Delivered & Photographed: The Public Lands Management Act

In a ceremony held yesterday in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama officially signed the Public Lands Management Act of 2009. Among the many important wins for preservation included in the final legislation's 1,300 pages and 160 provisions is the National Landscape Conservation System Act. Two and a half years in theRead More »

The Public Lands Management Act: Watch the Moment We've All Been Waiting For

Watch it live!Last Wednesday, a piece of legislation - which President Obama will sign into law in approximately one hour - was enacted called the Public Lands Management Act. Why should you care? Clocking in at 1,300 pages and over 160 provisions, this is the largest conservation measure passed in over a decade, and it will protectRead More »

California Parks Supporters Take to the Capital

On Monday more than 160 parks advocates gathered at the California State Capital for State Parks Advocacy Day 2009. Spearheaded by the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) 33 teams from around the state met with nearly 120 Assembly members, State Senators, and their staffs. The advocates discussed the importance of proposed park protection measures, economicRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: The Return of the 'Miracle Mile'

In November 1952, Mid-City New Orleans pharmacist Nick Persich wrote the following letter to the editor of the New Orleans States in response to a slum clearance order in his neighborhood: Let any honest-hearted and fair-minded citizen visit this section and then ask this question: Aren’t there hundreds of thousands of square feet of areaRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: The Elephant in the Room

If there ever was a time when the city of New Orleans needed the City Planning Commission to show some leadership, it is now. One could point to the exercises being led by the consulting firm Goody Clancy for the development of the city’s new master plan and comprehensive zoning ordinance as evidence of suchRead More »

Day of Remembrance Links the Present to the Past

Minidoka in the 1940s.In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which ordered the forced removal of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry from their homes on the West Coast and parts of Hawai`i. They were unconstitutionally imprisoned during World War II in 10 War Relocation Authority (WRA) Camps and in numerous Justice Department prisons throughoutRead More »

How Poetry Saved a Building: The Re-Opening of Angel Island Immigration Station

A packed tent at the re-opening ceremony.It was an inspiring moment. Despite pouring Pacific rains and high wind warnings, I joined an enthusiastic group of more than 500 on the ferry at San Francisco’s Pier 41 on Sunday morning to witness history. We were headed for the grand re-opening of the Angel Island Immigration Station, this time, thankfully, not as aRead More »

Newly-Restored Angel Island Immigration Station Re-Opening Today

The Immigration Station on Angel Island.Today, the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island, which we included on our annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places back in 1999, will re-open after more than three years of restoration and preservation work. During that time, many improvements have been made to stabilize this National Historic Landmark, set within a California StateRead More »

Major Win: Obama Administration Scraps Controversial Utah Lease Sales

Interior Secretary Ken Sa"I believe, as President Obama does, that we need to responsibly develop our oil and gas supplies to help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but we must do so in a thoughtful and balanced way." Those are the words of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar given yesterday in a statement that was heard aroundRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Preservation Plan for Charity Hospital Heard by Legislature

Preservation-friendly site plan for Charity Hospital. (RMJM Hillier)It was really remarkable that the Louisiana House Committee on Appropriations devoted an entire day this past week to a hearing about Charity Hospital and LSU’s and VA’s plans for new medical centers in New Orleans. We had an attentive and polite group of lawmakers, whom we thanked repeatedly for holding essentially the first realRead More »

A Victory for Nine Mile Canyon’s Rock Art

Art should be revered, which is why we all know the unspoken rules when it comes to museums. No loud talking because you should be thinking. Don't get too close because you'll probably get beeped at. No refreshments because Dali wouldn't approve of slurping. And of course, keep your hands to yourself because, well, youRead More »

Live Online Now: Plight of Mid-City New Orleans Comes Before LA House Committee

The Louisiana House of Representatives Appropriations Committee is meeting today to discuss the possible reuse of Charity Hospital as a medical facility. The Foundation for Historical Louisiana and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will present a plan that would transform Charity Hospital into a state-of-the-art medical facility, spare demolition of the historic Mid-City neighborhood,Read More »

Breaking News: A Dangerous Turn for St. Elizabeths Hospital

In a dangerous turn for St. Elizabeths Hospital, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) voted today to approve the General Services Administration's (GSA) master plan for the six-million-gross-square-foot Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation. It is a conditional approval: the National Park Service must turn over parkland for the access road and planning for theRead More »

Is this St. Elizabeths Hospital’s Last Hour?

  Today, the National Capital Planning Commission could decide the fate of the National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeths Hospital, an irreplaceable collection of historic brick buildings and designed landscapes with spectacular views of downtown Washington, D.C. In 2002, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed St. Elizabeths Hospital as one of America’s 11 Most EndangeredRead More »

A Different Kind of Year-End List: What We Would Miss About Lower Mid-City

This week is what I refer to annually as the Week of Lists. From magazines to the Internet, the outgoing year is relived in every imaginable category. In addition to Time's People of the Year, I've read about 2008's highest-grossing movies, most outrageous Hollywood moments (a perennial favorite of mine), biggest YouTube videos, top-earning businessRead More »

A Preservation Newbie's Walk Through Mid-City New Orleans

I have a confession to make: I'm a preservation newbie. That's right; I'm not an architect, an archeologist, an urban planner or a historian. I don't totally understand tax credits (yet!) or Section 106 (workin' on it!). And unless time logged vegging out in front of HGTV counts, I've also never restored original moulding orRead More »

VIDEO: Save Mid-City “We’re sending out an SOS... We need help and we need it now.”

Kevin Krause came to New Orleans as an Americorps volunteer after Hurricane Katrina. He spent a year helping people restore their homes and eventually, he and his wife bought one for themselves. When it comes to the idea of losing his home to the new VA/LSU hospital complex he says, "It's depressing. It's... criminal." KevinRead More »

As BLM Lease Sale Looms, Advocates Press to Save Nine Mile Canyon and Other Public Lands from Drilling

An example of the Native American rock art in Nine Mile Canyon.Yesterday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a coalition of environmental groups joined actor Robert Redford and Congressman Brian Baird (D-Wash.) in a press conference organized by environmental, historic preservation and business groups who oppose a controversial oil and gas lease sale set for December 19th. Several parcels included in this sale are onRead More »

Save Mid-City: "How Would You Feel?" - Resident Diana Monley

Diana Monely has worked for the city of New Orleans for 30 years and lived in her Mid-City home for 35, and now -- despite weathering Hurricane Katrina in the city to remain on the job -- her loyalty to New Orleans is being repaid with the loss of her home. She says, “You justRead More »

VIDEO: From Preservation Grants to the Wrecking Ball - Bobbi Rogers' Mid-City Story

A year and a half after receiving preservation grants from the state of Louisiana, Bobbi Rogers is faced with having her home demolished... by the state of Louisiana. This unusual turn of events is due to a proposed VA/LSU hospital complex will cost lower Mid-City residents the homes they have been restoring since Hurricane Katrina.Read More »

VIDEO: Save Mid-City - Homeowners Larry & Barbara Dillon Plan to "Fight to the Last"

Though she clearly worries that it may be a losing battle, New Orleans homeowner Barbara Dillon -- with her husband Larry at her side -- talks about wanting to "fight to the last" to save the home they have been restoring since Hurricane Katrina. At this time, the Veteran's Administration and Louisiana State University areRead More »

VIDEO: Save Mid-City: "We Need Help" - 20-Year Business Owner Sam Jupiter, Jr.

Sam Jupiter, Jr. is 91 and has been cutting hair in Mid-City New Orleans for the past 20 years. Because of the VA and LSU's decision to tear down his neighborhood for a hospital complex, he's now in danger of losing the business he  purchased in 1988. When asked if he was going to fightRead More »

VIDEO: Recently Returned to his Hometown, Howard Allen May Soon be Displaced Again

Howard Allen, a New Orleans native, fled the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and finally was able to come home in April. Now -- less than a year after he returned -- he's faced with being displaced once again, as his house is scheduled to be demolished to make way for new VARead More »

VIDEO: “The city asked everybody to come back and rebuild – rebuild it better. We did.”

Homeowner and New Orleans native Gayle Ruth was one of the first people to return to her historic home in the Lower Mid-City neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina. In the video below, she talks about the excitement that grew over time as people came back and renovated their homes -- and how all of their workRead More »

VIDEO: "I love this house" - Veteran and New Orleans Native Wallace Thurman Shares His Story

There is no argument more compelling for saving New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood than the words of the residents themselves. Many are life-long New Orleanians who came back after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild their homes. In this video, Wallace Thurman, a veteran, talks about losing the place where he was born -- and still lives today.Read More »

LISTEN LIVE: Partners Discuss Charity Hospital/Mid-City on WRKF Radio

Our partners at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Sandra Stokes and Mark Upton, are on the the Jim Engster show on WRKF right now -- Friday, December 5 at 9:15 a.m. CST. They'll be talking about the ongoing crisis situation in Mid-City New Orleans. It is a call-in show, so if you want to beRead More »

Economic Downturn's Impact on Historic Sites has President-Elect Obama's Attention

Back in May, before we were aware of the danger the nation’s economy was truly in, we named California’s State Parks to our annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places when the state’s budget woes led to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recommending drastic cuts that would have closed 48 parks. Changes to the state’sRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Reflections on Last Week's LSU and VA Medical Center Announcements

Pictured left to right: State Rep. Karen Carter Peterson (partial), Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Dr. Edward Blakely, State Rep. J.P. Morrell, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (Photo: Michelle Kimball)The short week before Thanksgiving was dominated by Tuesday’s announcement by the Veteran's Administration and Louisiana State University that the institutions had selected the sites for their new medical facilities. As feared — but as expected — they chose the Lower Mid-City sites, opening the doors to the worst possible scenario. It has been oneRead More »

BREAKING NEWS: Charity Hospital Announcement

BREAKING NEWS: On November 25th, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University announced the selection of the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. The new hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. The NationalRead More »

Historic Neighborhood in Buffalo Threatened by Peace Bridge Expansion Plan

The sign reads: "Welcome to Historic Buffalo: Where your home can be destroyed by the City & Public Bridge Authority for the 'Good of All.' Say no to the plaza expansion."  (Photo: Lauren Tent)This week, Buffalo’s preservationists got a big boost from a lavish New York Times spread celebrating the city’s architecture. Critic Nicolai Ouroussoff concluded that the city had a rare opportunity to use its historic neighborhoods and restored landmarks as potent tools for Buffalo’s economic recovery. The Times’ validation is rewarding and useful, but it isRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Response to Louisiana Government's Position on Charity Hospital

In the continuing discussion about the future of Charity Hospital, the firm of RMJM Hillier responded last week to a letter released on October 24 by Angele Davis, Commissioner of Administration for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. In this Ms. Davis attempts to refute the RMJM Hillier feasibility study commissioned by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana,Read More »

Help Save New Orleans’ Charity Hospital and the Adjacent Mid-City Historic Neighborhood

Back in May, we listed Charity Hospital and its adjacent Mid-City neighborhood to our annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places. The threat is has become even more imminent, and we we need your help. Voice your concerns now to change a potentially disastrous course -- one that would leave this major New OrleansRead More »

Virtual Roadtrip

The National Preservation Conference is just around the corner -- next week, in fact.  Join Jeff and Kelly of Vintage Roadside on Route 66 as they make their way to their exhibit booth at the conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma - they'll drive from Topock, Arizona to Tulsa in five days, blogging about their experiences enRead More »

Dallas Hotel Sparks Community Conversation

Every morning we get an email called "Preservation in the News" that includes links to news stories that mention the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since by some act of God my schedule today is actually bereft of meetings, I actually took a few minutes to read the "feed" and came across this story inRead More »

Charity Hospital: "New Life for a Cultural Icon"

RMJM Hillier, an internationally recognized architectural firm, produced a detailed four-minute video, “New Life for a Cultural Icon,” that outlines the history of Charity Hospital, and the feasibility of reusing it to provide high quality, 21st century medical care to residents of New Orleans. The results of RMJM Hillier’s assessment prove that ‘Big Charity’ possessesRead More »

September 11th and the Preservation of Memory

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, and while the National Trust for Historic Preservation works hard to preserve buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods, it is important to note that one of our fundamental goals is the preservation of memory through the use of these tangible remainders. Place and memory areRead More »

Puppies, National Historic Landmarks & Living the Green Life in Buffalo

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, designed by Green & Wicks and Gordon Bunshaft/SOMPuppies, National Historic Landmarks and Living the Green Life in Buffalo? Believe it or not there is a theme here. I find myself in Buffalo again for the second time this summer. Originally intending to just come for 2 days for a board meeting, I decided instead to stay for a week (which morphed intoRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: New Hope for Charity Hospital

Rendering of the proposed main entrance. (Click to enlarge.)This week the architectural firm of RMJM Hillier released its report on the condition of the Charity Hospital building in New Orleans. The firm had been engaged by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, a National Trust statewide partner, to assess the building's structural condition and its potential to return to use as a modern hospital.Read More »

It’s Rally Cap Time for Tiger Stadium

Tiger StadiumWednesday marked a sad day for a two-time member of the National Trust’s List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Although demolition began in June, the most significant damage to Detroit’s Tiger Stadium began this week to the park that legends like Ty Cobb, Willie Horton, and Hank Greenberg once called home field. The stadiumRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Charity Hospital Update

Contractors examine the limestone cladding of Charity Hospital.The structural assessment of the Charity Hospital building is proceeding at a steady pace. The study, supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and under the direction of the Foundation for Historic Louisiana, is a response to the call from Louisiana legislators in a resolution passed in 2006. The mandate was unfunded, and theRead More »

2008's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places Announced

Not surprisingly, we spend a lot of time here at the National Trust for Historic Preservation thinking about threatened sites and how we can play a role in saving them – especially at this time of year, when we announce our annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Budget cuts, deferred maintenance, roadRead More »

Notes from the Field: Utah's Nine Mile Canyon Under Threat

Prehistoric rock art at Nine Mile Canyon.Nine Mile Canyon, located northeast of Price, Utah, is under threat from a new project proposed by Bill Barrett Corporation and the Bureau of Land Management that would bring 800 new wells to the plateau above Nine Mile Canyon and dramatically increase the level of traffic within the canyon. On Wednesday, we went to theRead More »

Lost: Iowa School

East Side School, Decorah, IowaThe loss of a majestic 112-year-old school last month has divided a northeastern Iowa town. "A lot of people are still feeling really hurt here in town," says Jack Hedstrom, chair of the East Side School Development Committee, which fought for years to save the East Side School in Decorah, Iowa. "I wait for theRead More »

Notes from New Orleans: Panel on At-Risk 20th Century Urban Design and Architecture

A panel discussion called “At Risk: 20th Century Urban Design and Architecture” drew at least 150 people to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art this past week.Read More »

Detroit's Tiger Stadium May Be Partially Demolished this Spring

Tiger StadiumIn the cult baseball movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner is called upon to be a preservationist of a different sort. To rekindle the love of baseball, he's inspired to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field: "If you build it, they will come," a voice tells him. In the caseRead More »

11 Most Endangered Update: H. H. Richardson House Has a New Owner

H.H. Richardson HouseMore New Orleans than New England, a 204-year-old house with a two-story veranda stands out in suburban Boston. The house at 25 Cottage Street in Brookline, Mass., is not one that a casual observer might link with the work of Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886), one of America's most important 19th-century architects. It was in thisRead More »

Georgia Courthouse Falls

Gilmer County Courthouse, Ga.The people have spoken, and a brick courthouse in northern Georgia fell this week. Built in 1898 as a Hyatt Hotel, the neoclassical building in Ellijay, Ga., was converted to the Gilmer County Courthouse in 1934. The county fire marshall condemned the ailing in 2003, and in November 2006, voters in the county of 28,000Read More »

Smithsonian Seeks New Use for 1881 Arts and Industries Building

Kim O’Connell photoThe Smithsonian Institution is working to find a new use for its shuttered Arts and Industries Building, built in 1881 and empty since 2004, when an engineering firm's report deemed it a safety hazard. Earlier this month, the Smithsonian issued a request for qualifications for public or private companies to redevelop the National Historic Landmark,Read More »

DOE Approves Two Power Line Corridors

Fauquier County, Va.The U.S. Deparment of Energy designated two power line corridors earlier this month, to the dismay of environmentalists and preservationists. There are 55 national parks and 14 heritage areas within the Mid-Atlantic National Interest Electricity Transmission Corridor (NIETC), which the agency approved on Oct. 2. That area also has African-American historic sites, numerous scenic riversRead More »

No Takers for Little Manila Hotel

Mariposa HotelAfter spending years trying to save one of the last three original buildings of historic Little Manila in Stockton, Calif., the Little Manila Foundation saw the Mariposa Hotel go to auction on Sept. 12—with no takers. "No one has bought the building yet, and there are no current potential buyers," says Dillon Delvo, co-founder ofRead More »

Endangered Site Closer to Being Saved

Flags at the Minidoka Internment Camp, Hunt, Idaho. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation Western Regional OfficePreservationists, National Park supporters, local residents, and members of the Japanese American community scored a major victory yesterday in their efforts to halt a 13,000-head concentrated animal feeding operation (or factory farm) just over one mile from the Minidoka Internment National Monument in Idaho. The Jerome County Commissioners voted 2-1 to deny the application forRead More »

High-Voltage Debate

Virginia power linesThe Northeast's longest free-flowing river, the Upper Delaware River, meanders from Hancock, N.Y., to Matamoras, Pa. Bald eagles make this a popular bird-watching spot. Abundant fish lure fly fishermen, and Class II and III rapids attract kayakers. Congress, recognizing the natural beauty of this area, set aside the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic River forRead More »

Miss. Says No to Condos on Natchez Bluff

Natchez, Miss.The town of Natchez, Miss., is on shaky ground. Its historic district was built on a water-soluble bluff, and over the years, sinkholes have devoured entire streets. For the last two years, the town has been debating a five-building condominium complex on the site of a 1946 pecan factory, which town officials tore down lastRead More »

Dairy Farmer Backs Off California State Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic ParkA California state park will remain odor-free for now, thanks to a deal between the state and a farmer who planned a 12,000-head dairy farm near Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, a town African Americans founded a century ago. The state agreed on Sept. 11 to pay Samuel Etchegaray $3.5 million for his promise toRead More »

On the Waterfront: Condo Towers Are Replacing Brooklyn's Historic Dockyards and Factories

Brooklyn’s view (Municipal Art Society of New York)"To get a true feeling of New York's industrial, 19th-century waterfront, you really have to go out to Brooklyn —specifically, Red Hook. … One is privileged to see the little canal, the fishing boats, the warehouses, all as it must have been forever, or at least the past hundred years. The factories and warehouses onRead More »

Vermont Church Falls

The original church, built in 1876, was razed for a new parish hall. (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church)The first Episcopal church in Swanton, Vt., was demolished this month. Built in 1876, the American Gothic church was in they way of a new parish hall. The congregation voted to tear down the building for a new one adjacent to the 1909 marble church used for services. A local inn keeper wanted to moveRead More »