The National Trust at Work

PresNation Spring 2015
The Astrodome, Houston, Texas. Photo by Ed Schipul.

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 hotels were inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2014:  

  • Abraham Lincoln Reading Hotel, Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Airlie, Warrenton, Virginia
  • Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
  • Caribe Hilton San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction, Oregon
  • The Condado Plaza Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby, Detroit, Michigan
  • The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin
  • The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton, San Antonio, Texas
  • Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hilton Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hilton Manhattan East, New York, New York
  • Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Hilton Orrington/Evanston, Evanston, Illinois
  • Hilton President Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center – a DoubleTree by Hilton, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Le Méridien Tampa, Tampa, Florida
  • Seelbach Hilton, Louisville, Kentucky
  • St. Louis Union Station – a DoubleTree by Hilton, St. Louis, Missouri
  • The Tudor Arms Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Southern Hotel, Covington, Louisiana
  • The Westin Portland Harborview, Portland, Maine

National Treasures

  • In November 2014, voters in Hamilton County, Ohio, approved a ballot measure that will raise $170 million over five years to restore Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, a 1933 Art Deco masterwork. Trust staff rallied support through its first-ever pop-up campaign office and community events, interacting with more than 14,000 voters. In December, the Ohio Development Services Agency made a one-time, $25 million catalytic tax credit allocation to help restore Music Hall, a beloved venue built in 1878 that brings visitors and revenue to the nearby neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine and West End. 
  • The National Trust has been working with Harris County, Texas, to identify viable reuse options to ensure the preservation of the Astrodome in Houston. In December, the team co-sponsored an Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel that comprised of development, financial, design, and preservation experts. The panel concluded that the Astrodome can and should be saved and reused as a public-use facility. The preliminary report issued by ULI is available here.
  • The National Trust, along with a team of local partners, will present the 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Conference June 17-20 in Durham, North Carolina. These decaying symbols of African American educational advancement, constructed between 1913 and 1932, are being reclaimed by dozens of organizations and individuals from Maryland to Texas. For more information or to find out how to register for the conference, visit www.PreservationNation.org/rosenwald.
  • The National Trust recently announced the addition of several new National Treasures, including: the historic city of Annapolis, Maryland; Boggsville Historic Site, Bent County, Colorado; Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua, New York; Nashville’s Music Row, Tennessee; Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California; and the Whitney Studio, New York City.

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