The National Trust at Work

PN Map Photo (Pullman)
The administration building in Illinois’ Pullman Historic District, one of the National Trust’s newest National Treasures

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

  • One of the Trust’s newest National Treasures, the Pullman Historic District, is located thirteen miles south of downtown Chicago. It was founded in the late 19th century as a model industrial town by George Pullman, of the Pullman Palace Car Company, which manufactured railroad passenger cars.
  • This past December, French art duo Kolkoz transformed Miami Marine Stadium into a snowy winter scene as part of annual Miami arts festival Arts Basel. The main attraction was an inflatable Swiss chalet that floated in the basin.

National Trust Historic Sites

  • Artist Osvaldo Romberg constructed a circular “footprint” of the Melnikov House in Moscow that temporarily conjoined with Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House. The exterior installation, entitled “Translocation: Mies and Melnikov,” was supported by the Graham Foundation and the National Trust. The installation ran through October 2013.
  • For the 29th year, Christmas in the Adobes featured performing arts, costumed re-enactors, and holiday decorations at historic adobes throughout Monterey, including the Cooper-Molera Adobe. The events raised funds for the Monterey State Historic Park Association.
  • The President Woodrow Wilson House was one of four historic Washington, D.C., sites featured in the “Holidays Through History” event. Activities at the Wilson House included festive period decorations, historic music, ornament-making and a 10-foot tree.
  • The unveiling of James Madison’s library, a multi-year curatorial project at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Va., took place on Presidents’ Day 2014. Communications associate Caroline Godfrey calls it “another feather in the cap” of Montpelier’s restoration.

Main Street Programs

  • The 2014 National Main Streets Conference, hosted by the National Main Street Center, will be held in Detroit May 18-20. The conference will focus on resilience, innovation and hard work, all of which can be seen first-hand in Detroit, in the context of the national Main Street movement.
  • An independent contractor found that the economic impacts of the New Mexico Main Street Program over 28 years has leveraged millions of dollars in private investments and created several thousand jobs in the state.
  • Connecticut Main Street Center was chosen by the American Planning Association as the recipient of the 2013 Education & Outreach Award for Come Home to Downtown, a pilot program created by CMSC to facilitate viable opportunities for housing while revitalizing downtown neighborhoods.
  • Yahoo! Travel named the Main Street communities of Denton, Texas, Port Townsend, Wash., Bath, Maine, and Eureka Springs, Ark., among America’s Best Main Streets.

Historic Hotels of America

  • The Historic Hotels of America held its Annual Awards ceremony at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee this past November, honoring excellence in historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The following Historic Hotels of America were honored:
    • Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year: The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. (1923) Washington, D.C.
    • Historic Hotelier of the Year: Dennis Costello, Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Rooms): The Wort Hotel (1941) Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    • Best Historic Hotel (75-100 Guest Rooms): Gettysburg Hotel (1797) Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    • Best Historic Hotel (200-400 Guest Rooms): Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (1923) Ojai, California
    • Best Historic Hotel (400 Guest Rooms): Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, 1847 Point Clear, Alabama
    • Best City Center Historic Hotel: The Willard InterContinental (1850) Washington, D.C.
    • Best Historic Resort French Lick Resort (1845): French Lick, Indiana
    • Hotel Historian of the Year Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel (1887): Mackinac Island, Michigan
    • Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year: The Morrissey Family, The Saint Paul Hotel (1910) St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel: Plume at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. (1923) Washington, D.C.
    • Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel: The Stanley (1909) Estes Park, Colorado
    • Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion: Timberline Lodge (1938) Timberline, Oregon
    • Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service): George Moore, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (1852) Mobile, Alabama
    • Historic Hotels of America Heritage Award: The Marcus Family, The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Historic Hotels of America Community Leadership Award: The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts
    • Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award: Thierry Roch, Former Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America

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