The National Trust at Work
Pond Farm in Guerneville, California (Photo by Janet L. Gracyk)
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
17 hotels are celebrating 25 years of membership in the Historic Hotels of America program this year. They are as follows:
- Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore, Maryland
- The Brown Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
- Martha Washington Inn, Abingdon, Virginia
- Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, St. Pete Beach, Florida
- Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware
- The Omni Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
- The Jefferson, Richmond, Virginia
- John Rutledge House & Kings Courtyard Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
- The Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
- The Morrison-Clark Inn, Washington, D.C.
- The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
- Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
- Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado
- The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
- The Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
- Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Oregon
- In July, National Trust trustee and partner Gloria Estefan pledged a half-million dollar gift to help with restoration efforts for Miami Marine Stadium in Miami, Florida. Throughout the summer, the Art History Mural Project brought an international roster of artists to the open-air stadium to create pieces that will be photographed and sold as prints to raise additional funds for stadium restoration.
- Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia, once a center of slave trade in America where hundreds of thousands of people were bought and sold -- including Solomon Northup, author of "Twelve Years a Slave" -- is now an urban archaeological site. Mayor Dwight Jones and Richmond developers have launched a plan called “Revitalize RVA” to intensively redevelop eight blocks of Shockoe Bottom, with a minor league baseball stadium as the linchpin, as well as a Hyatt hotel and a Kroger grocery store. The mixed-use project would risk destroying Shockoe’s significant archaeological resources, which are essential to telling this Site of Conscience’s stories of injustice, endurance, and resistance to oppression. However, due to public outcry, the Mayor’s plans appear to be on hold and local residents are pushing hard for a preservation-based solution.
- Pond Farm in Guerneville, California, the historic home and workshop of renowned ceramic artist Marguerite Wildenhain, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August. The California Department of Parks and Recreation also recently pledged $450,000 to begin stabilization work on the long-neglected farm.
- The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has been designated a “completed” National Treasure following the approval of the National Trust’s proposed 10-year management plan by the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service.
Historic Tax Credit Projects
- The National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) recently supported the Alliance Center project in Denver, Colorado, by helping to finance $1.7 million in federal historic tax credit equity. The project involves rehabilitating a warehouse building into collaborative office space for nonprofits.
- NTCIC also recently assisted in financing the Grant Commons project in Columbus, Ohio, which will rehabilitate 1920s-era multifamily row houses into market-rate apartments for graduate students and young professionals near the Ohio State University campus. NTCIC financing included $2 million in federal Historic Tax Credit equity and $2 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit equity.
National Trust Historic Sites
- Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York, had its fifth season of musical performances in front of the site’s historic bowling alley this past summer. Audiences picnicked on the hillside and enjoyed views of the sunset on the Hudson River.
- The Shadows in New Iberia, Louisiana, launched an artists-in-residence program, known as Art and Shadows, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists-in-residence are visual artist and University of Louisiana at Lafayette 2013 Distinguished Professor Lynda Frese and traditional French Louisiana musician David Greely, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys.
- Belle Grove Plantation launched the exhibit, The Writing Is on the Wall: Photographs of Belle Grove’s Attic Graffiti, featuring photographs taken of the graffiti in the Belle Grove Manor House attic. The tradition of signing the attic walls began with soldiers that occupied the home during the Civil War, and the site staff has transcribed more than 550 signatures that span a century and a half. The exhibit ran through April 19.
- Brucemore hosted the Freedom Festival’s annual Balloon Glow in June, which features colorful hot air balloons. The event has been held at Brucemore since 1989 and is part of a multi-week celebration of Independence Day.
Want to check out all the places where the National Trust is at work? Browse our full interactive map.