The National Trust at Work

In the latest issue of Preservation, we took a look at all the different spots around the United States where the National Trust is working to save places. Read on to learn more about these unique places and programs.

National Treasures

Hinchliffe Stadium

American Express recently awarded Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, a $300,000 grant to restore two historic ticket booths at the front door of the stadium. The project is scheduled to start this fall.
In June, the Paterson Board of Education awarded a contract to the company Retail & Development Strategies to conduct a comprehensive market analysis and feasibility study of the stadium. This study is funded by a $197,000 federal grant secured by the late New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, and is slated to be completed by December 2015. It will identify long-term revenue uses to support preservation and maintenance. Currently, the stadium’s primary use is as a school sports facility, but the Board of Education is attempting to evaluate ways to make money from other community uses. They also hope that this will attract private investment from commercial developers, who would enter into a long-term lease agreement with the schools and city to operate the site.

Houston Astrodome

In December, the National Trust co-hosted a technical assistance panel with the Urban Land Institute that brought together real estate developers and professionals, financiers, designers, and preservationists to examine potential re-uses for the Houston Astrodome. The Urban Land Institute issued an official report in March supporting their stance that the Astrodome can and should be reused. According to project manager Beth Wiedower, the panel featured input from more than 100 local stakeholders, business owners and community leaders in Houston.

James River, Virginia

The petition corresponding to the National Trust’s Down to the Wire campaign to stop power line development on the James River has garnered over 28,000 signatures thus far. Throughout the months of April and May, National Trust staff members were on the ground in Virginia, from Richmond to Jamestown, to educate and engage Virginians on the threat posed to the historic James River viewshed by Dominion Power. Most recently, the National Trust has mobilized the public to participate in a public comment period, and consultation meetings with the Army Corps of Engineers about the permit review process are ongoing.

Heart of Louisville, Kentucky

On March 20, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks announced the Heart of Louisville in Kentucky as a National Treasure, coinciding with a royal visit from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles was present at the city’s Filson Historical Society when the announcement took place, and was later joined by Duchess Camilla at the Louisville Harmony and Health Initiative. The National Trust and Preservation Green Lab will focus on using the city’s historic core as an urban laboratory for sustainable preservation to help bring Louisville’s historic assets back to life.

    Want to check out all the places where the National Trust is at work? Browse our full interactive map.