The National Trust at Work

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Antiguo Acueducto del Rio Piedras, San Juan. Credit: Para la Naturaleza

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.

Historic Hotels of America

The following Historic Hotels of America won recognition at the Historic Hotels of America 2014 Awards of Excellence. The hotels that were honored are as follows:

  • Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year – Benbow Inn, Garberville, California
  • Historic Hotelier of the Year – Michael Sheer, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms) – Inn at the Presidio, Golden Gate National Park, San Francisco
  • Best Historic Hotel (74-200 Guestrooms) – Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, Portland, Maine
  • Best Historic Hotel (200-400 Guestrooms) Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, Bedford, Pennsylvania
  • Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms) – The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois
  • Best City Center Historic Hotel – Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Best Historic Resort – The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hotel Historian of the Year – Ken Price, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois
  • Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year – The Barker Family, Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado
  • Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel – Orchids at Palm Court, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel – Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Point Clear, Alabama
  • Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion – Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service) – Patty Henning, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award – Terry Richey, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award – Stanley Turkel, Author and Consultant

National Treasures

  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the Antiguo Acueducto del Rio Piedras as a new National Treasure on September 24, 2014. Believed to be the last known Spanish waterworks system remaining on U.S. soil, the Acueducto greatly contributed to San Juan’s growth as a city.
  • Chicago’s Pullman Historic District is poised to become a new unit of the National Park system in early 2015, pending a designation by President Obama. Stay tuned to for updates.
  • On November 5, voters in Hamilton County, Ohio passed Issue 8, a sales tax levy that will raise nearly $172 million over five years for the restoration of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, by 61 percent. Roughly $40 million will also be raised through state of Ohio capital grants, state and federal historic tax credits, and private funds. The National Trust rallied support by opening a pop-up office called the “Yes on 8 Action Center” in the city’s downtown Fountain Square, a home base for operations that included distributing campaign materials, hosting events, and canvassing local neighborhoods.

National Trust Historic Sites

  • Chesterwood exhibited large-scale, abstract sculptures by Albert Paley, one of the world’s most acclaimed and prolific sculptors, throughout the historic site’s grounds in Stockbridge, Mass. Over the past 36 years, more than 500 sculptors have exhibited their work at Chesterwood.
  • The critically-acclaimed artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, known as Luftwerk, brought INsite, a temporary public art exhibition, to Farnsworth House in Plano, Il. In October, INsite illuminated the modernist structure with 10 video projections that displayed a cohesive, fluid video composition and featured original music by Chicago-based percussionist Owen Clayton Condon.

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