The National Trust at Work
Villa Finale in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Carol Highsmith)
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.
- Villa Finale held a soiree musicale to honor the Texas-wide French Cultures Month in March. It featured performances from students at the University of Texas San Antonio Music Department; a twilight tour and wine tasting highlighting French objects and furniture collections at the Villa; and La Fête Napoléon featuring French wine and cuisine, period music and costumed interpreters.
- The Museum of African American History – Boston & Nantucket began a new concert series this spring, MAAH Music, that reflects the site’s rich history of music as religious, antislavery and personal expressions. The series features musical offerings from students and professors from the Boston New England Conservatory of Music and by the Handel + Haydn Society, in addition to local and nationally renowned musicians.
- Montpelier hosted a weekend workshop for members of Montpelier and Orange County, Va.’s African-American enslaved descendant communities. The workshop allowed participants to learn about and advise Montpelier on the site’s interpretation of African-American spaces and history.
- President Lincoln’s Cottage High school students from around the world convened at President Lincoln’s Cottage in June for the second annual International Summit of Students Opposing Slavery (SOS). Students gained inspiration from Lincoln’s work at the cottage, learned about modern slavery from leaders in the anti-trafficking field, and made action plans to create or grow SOS chapters in their own communities.
- The following Historic Hotels of America were originally built for a specific function and later adapted into comfortable places to stay. Here’s the complete list of adaptive reuse hotels (and what they used to be):
- Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pa.: Cork-making factory
- Cavallo Point (1901) San Francisco, Calif.: Army post
- Craddock Terry Hotel (1893) Lynchburg, Va.: Shoe factory/tobacco warehouse
- Inn at Price Tower (1954) Bartlesville, Okla.: Office building
- Omni San Francisco (1926) San Francisco, Calif.: Bank
- Napa River Inn (1884) Napa, Calif.: Warehouse for grain mill
- Hotel Metro Milwaukee (1937) Milwaukee, Wis.: Commercial offices
- Portland Regency Hotel (1895) Portland, Maine: Armory
- Hotel El Convento (1651) Old San Juan, P.R.: Carmelite convent
- Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (1929) Tucson, Ariz.: Boarding school/ranch
- The Chanler (1873) Newport, R.I.: John Winthrop Chanler’s (a Civil War-era New York Congressman) summer retreat
- Inn at The Presidio (1903) San Francisco, Calif.: Officer’s quarters
- Haywood Park Hotel (1923) Asheville, N.C.: Department store
- Admiral Fell Inn (1770) Baltimore, Md.: Ship chandlery, theater, boarding house, and YMCA
- Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pa.: Glass manufacturing factory
Want to check out all the places where the National Trust is at work? Browse our full interactive map.