The National Trust at Work
Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, Mont.
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.
- A U.S. district judge denied a proposed federal permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston, S.C., which would have threatened the city’s historic downtown.
- The Willamette Falls Locks in West Linn, Ore., were celebrated at the annual Lock Fest on Oct. 5-6.
- Four Rosenwald School boards from Shady Grove, Second Union, Dillwyn, and Reedville schools met in Farmville and Dillwyn, Va., for a two-day workshop to improve board management and fundraising skills.
- The National Trust held its annual National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The theme was Preservation at the Crossroads.
- The Shadows in New Iberia, La. hosted dozens of artists in its bi-annual arts and crafts festival on Oct. 5.
- The Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., hosted a performance piece, Rehearsal Space, by New York-based artist Alex Schweder in October.
- Belle Grove in Middleton, Va., hosted more than 150 champion sheep dogs and their handlers from throughout the United States and Canada on Oct. 8-13 for the 2013 National Sheep Dog Finals.
- “Jay Gould’s House of Curiosities” at Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown, N.Y., introduced visitors to the spookier side of Lyndhurst with haunted tours.
- The 79th running of the Montpelier Hunt Races took place on the historic grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier on Nov. 2.
- Villa Finale in San Antonio, Tx., was honored with the Board of Directors award from the Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.
- Goldsboro, N.C. received a TIGER grant award of $10 million for their Main Street Revitalization project.
- Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Mont., received an Our Town creative place-making award of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Farmington, Mich., Simsbury, Conn., and Suwanee, Ga., made Money magazine’s 2013 list of Best Places to Live.
- The Willmar Design Center in Willmar, Minn. became the state’s first nationally accredited Main Street program and was recently presented an award for this achievement.
- Neighborhoods in Beaufort, S.C., Covington, Ky., and Mason City, Iowa were included in the American Planning Association’s 2013 “Great Places in America: Neighborhoods” top ten list.
- A coalition of local and national preservation groups joined forces in September on a campaign to repurpose the Houston Astrodome.
- Miami Marine Stadium is the subject of an exhibit at Coral Gables Museum titled “Concrete Paradise,” highlighting the stadium’s past and present, as well as its proposed future reuse as a world-class sports and performing arts venue.
- New investments in Hialeah Park Race Course, including a recently-opened new casino, will preserve and expand the track and its offerings.
- The National Trust partnered with the Los Angeles Conservancy in an advocacy campaign to preserve historic buildings on Terminal Island.
- In September, the Moana Surfrider and the Inn at Price Tower joined 8 other properties in the Historic Hotels of America program. Other new additions include:
- Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Tubac, Ariz. (1700)
- Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana (1914)
- Hotel Lana’i, Lana’i, Hawaii (1923)
- Talbot Hotel, Chicago, Illinois (1927)
- Benbow Inn, Garberville, California (1926)
- Preservation Green Lab is partnering with the Urban Land Institute to advance the reuse of historic and older buildings in Los Angeles.
- Preservation Green Lab is developing a case study highlighting a green preservation building renovation project in historic downtown Lindsborg, Kan. The case study documents how average building owners of older, smaller commercial buildings can successfully implement green energy retrofits.
- Belle Grove Plantation hosted a Battle Re-enactment Weekend to commemorate the 1864 Battle of Belle Grove, including costumed interpreters who demonstrated life on the home front during the Civil War.
- Several historic tax credit projects around the country are receiving help from the National Trust Community Investment Corporation:
- A former tire shop in Baltimore is being rehabilitated into an arts complex, including a community theater, restaurant, and office space dedicated to the arts.
- A former furniture factory and warehouse in Portland, Ore., is being turned into office space for non-profits, clean tech companies and creative companies.
- The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans re-opened in October after an eight-year restoration following water damage from Hurricane Katrina.
- The restored Johnny Cash house in Dyess, Ark., will open this spring as a museum, pg. 10.
- A community organization is completing restoration work on the Linoma Lighthouse in Ashland, Neb., pg. 8.
- Arizonians rally to protect ancient relics throughout the state, pg. 28.
Want to check out all the places where the National Trust is at work? Browse our full interactive map.