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SAVED 1830S OSUNA ADOBE, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.: instrumental in one battle of 1840s Mexican War, one of oldest adobe structures in state, having fallen into disrepair, recently bought by Rancho Santa Fe Association, along with surrounding 28 acres of sought-after land

DANIEL WEBSTER FARM, Franklin, N.H.: 141-acre farm dating to 18th century and family home to orator and statesman Daniel Webster until 1852; Trust for Public Land helped bring about conservation restrictions that will protect historic buildings and prevent riverfront farmland from being developed

LOST 1958 JOHNIE’S BROILER, Downey, Calif.: legendary former diner, with neon sign and facade of glass and stone in local Googie architectural style, used in films such as What’s Love Got to Do With It and Reality Bites, converted to auto dealership in 2002, illegally demolished in January before permits obtained

THREATENED 1840S LAWRENCE HOUSE, Seaford, Del.: rare but run-down example of temple-front Greek revival architecture in Delaware—built for shipping magnate Charles Wright —for sale in market where land goes for $100,000 per acre

1891 GRAND OPERA HOUSE, Kansas City, Mo.: four-story red-brick building with arched windows, stone ornaments, and Moorish interior, where likes of Ethel Barrymore once performed, converted to parking garage and now slated for demolition by owners, Tower Properties

1970S HORIZONS WEST SURF SHOP, Santa Monica, Calif.: owner seeks to develop site where “Z-boys” (including Stacy Peralta, writer of 2005 film Lords of Dogtown) pioneered extreme skateboarding as mixed-use green project, in line with neighborhood’s gentrification; local landmark status being discussed

GREEN MILL FARMS, Falls of Rough, Ky.: small mill town dating to early 1800s, once among most prominent agricultural and industrial complexes in state, with store, gristmill, sawmill, mansion, and church, sold to Texas developer

RESTORED c. 1775 FOLSOM TAVERN, Exeter, N.H.: historic tavern where Continental Army officers met to form state’s Society of the Cincinnati in 1783 received $100,000 grant for interior restoration and transformation into exhibition site for American Independence Museum

1927 PERELMAN BUILDING, Philadelphia: Art deco classic, with cathedral-like entrances and light-filled interior, once headquarters of Fidelity Mutual Life Assurance, renovated and enlarged to house galleries, library, cafe, and shop for Philadelphia Museum of Art, located across street

c. 1890 KEATING BUILDING, San Diego: Romanesque revival structure in city’s Gaslamp Quarter transformed into boutique Keating Hotel, with 35 rooms featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and high-end amenities

FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION OFFICE, Washington, D.C.: Civil War-period townhouse and current headquarters of Quaker lobbying group on Capitol Hill underwent “green” restoration that incorporated geothermal heating-cooling system, vegetated roof, and energy-efficient windows

1910 TOWER HALL, San Jose, Calif.: oldest building at San Jose State University and symbol of campus, built in Mission and Spanish styles, renovated to update interior


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