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The D.C. Historic Preservation Office has recently launched an application called HistoryQuest DC . This interactive map that provides historical data about approximately 127,000 of the citys buildings is a user-friendly new tool for scholars, researchers, students, and preservationists interested in historic buildings, historic neighborhoods, development patterns, and the citys built environment. But beware: in addition to simplifying the process of researching D.C. buildings, the map has been ...
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By Amanda Davis New York City is home to countless historic and cultural sites associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, yet only onethe Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Villagehas been officially recognized by the citys Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). That site, designated a New York City Landmark by the LPC in June 2015, had previously been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Last ...
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By Kristen Laise and Shannon Moeck It needs to be in this place, said A.D. Carter III, scanning the 1,000-square-foot room on the ground level of the 1797 Manor House at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia. This room, with its exposed limestone walls and oak beams, was where enslaved laborers performed domestic work from the time that Isaac Hite Jr. and Nelly Madison Hite moved to the property in 1783 until the house was sold out of the family in 1860. Because Belle Grove Plantation ...
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On March 16 the Trump administration released an initial overview of its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again lays out President Trumps overall proposal for discretionary spending. If enacted, it would drastically limit the effectivenessand even existenceof many federal programs. It also lists several agencies and programs slated for major cuts or elimination to help offset a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending. From ...
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The Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship, now in its third year, is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This two-week residential fellowship provides preservation professionals with the opportunity to reside in the historic Marcel Breuer House in Pocantico Hills, New York, while working on a defined project with significant benefit to the preservation field. As were currently (through March 31) accepting applications for the 2017 ...
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By Lauren Oswalt McHale In 2012 The LEnfant Trust launched its award-winning and Washington, D.C.s first Historic Properties Redevelopment Program (HPRP) in the Anacostia Historic District. The HPRP uses historic preservation as the key to reclaiming derelict buildings and transforming them into first-rate, turn-key homes that bankers will readily finance for new homeownersmembers of the citys workforce who have long been priced out of the expensive D.C. real estate market. Incorporated ...
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From cell phone tours to online exhibitions, historians and preservationists are using new technologies in historic interpretation and storytelling. For historic sites these technologies provide opportunities to engage with audiences online and in person. And new technologies can benefit preservationists by helping them convey the rehabilitation and reuse potential of the places they protect to developers, community members, and other stakeholders. Leading up to PastForward 2017 in Chicago, ...
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Earlier this year Preservation Leadership Forum published the Fall 2016/Winter 2017 issue of the Forum Journal . In that issue, Fifty Years of Heritage So Rich: The National Historic Preservation Act, authors sought to represent the breadth the Act and the programs it initiated, examining its many accomplishments as well as its unfulfilled potential. One piece involved a rare opportunity to hear from every Keeper of the National Register since its inception in 1966. During the interview, ...
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Update: Congress Cuts Public Out of Early Input on Public Lands On March 7, the Senate voted 51-48 to nullify the BLM Planning 2.0 rule, which updated the decades-old planning process for our public lands, gave the public greater input, and improved the outlook for countless cultural resources and archaeological sites on public lands. The House of Representatives passed the measure (H.J. Res. 44) in February by a vote of 234-186 . President Trump is expected to sign the measure ...
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By Sara Jane (Sally) Elk The National Trusts Trustees Emeritus Award for Stewardship, presented during PastForward 2016 in Houston , came at a perfect time for Philadelphias Eastern State Penitentiary . Over the past 29 years, Eastern State has transformed from an abandoned ruin to a vibrant historic site where 250,000 visitors per year connect past to present and contemplate questions about the startling criminal justice trends in the United States. Getting to this point, however, took an ...
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By Glenn Wilson and Essence Wilson Why is it sometimes so difficult for Americans to connect with our history? Perhaps some of us take our history for granted or get hung up on the parts that are not so positive. And could it also be that the way history is traditionally presented is ... well ... boring? We once felt this way too, but over the past several years, our appreciation for history has grown. Connecting with history through shared experiences, stories, and places makes it tangible ...
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Good news! On Thursday, February 16, legislation that would make important changes to the historic tax credit (HTC) was introduced in Congress. The bipartisan Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (HTCIA, H.R. 1158/S.425) closely resembles legislation introduced in the last Congress and would improve access to the credit for smaller rehabilitation projects that help revitalize our small towns and our inner cities. Credit: Architect of the Capitol Reps. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Earl ...
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By Lauren Schiszik Once a center of transportation and industry, Baltimore today is transforming into a center for technology, innovation, and life sciences. After reaching a peak population of almost 1 million in 1950, the city saw a sharp decline in the second half of the 20th century with the loss of industry and population. For the first time in more than 60 years, Baltimore has recently gainedrather than lostpopulation, and is currently leading the state in economic growth . ...
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The sensory experience of walking the streets of Miamis Little Havana neighborhood is unforgettable. The layered histories, the rich cultural expression, and the colorful architecture underscore the importance of this unique neighborhood. I am proud to say that the National Trust added historic Little Havana to our growing portfolio of National Treasures in January 2017. Not only is the historic neighborhood a new National Treasure but it is also an excellent example of our recent thinking about ...
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By Clare Flynn Hogwarts, Winterfell, Downton Abbey, the First Jedi Templethe images that spring to mind when one considers many of the iconic settings from recent films and television series are not of fictional or imaginary places, but rather of the real-life heritage sites that represent them on screen. Location filming has been a part of the film industry since its inception, but in the current Golden Age of Television, the amount of filming in historic locations may be increasing as ...
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By Mike Powe , Margaret ONeal , Reina Murray, and Carson Hartmann On Thursday, February 9, as part of Preservation Leadership Forums webinar series, the National Trusts Preservation Green Lab hosted a webinar about the Atlas of ReUrbanism what it is, how it can be used, and what extensions may be coming down the pike. You can listen to a recording of the webinar and download a PDF version of the slides . Attendees participated in a moderated Q&A at the end of the webinar. This is a summary ...
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By Will Cook and Tom Mayes What would be the biggest potential game-changer for the future of historic preservation? From our perspective, it would be to shift the paradigm from a default assumption of demolition to one of building reuse. This topic was discussed at Old Buildings, New Tools , a public forum in Denver, Colorado, hosted by Historic Denver, Inc on January 17, 2017. An earlier essay by Tom Mayeswhich appeared in Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years ...
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Every quarter well bring you the latest information related to historic preservation and public policy. In this issue were taking a pause in our work to protect historic preservation priorities in 2017 to acknowledge some of the work that occurred in 2016. As Washington, D.C., adjusts to a new political reality, there is great uncertainty as to how the 115th Congress and President Donald Trump will address the nations agenda, including key preservation issues such as tax reform and preservation ...
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On Thursday, January 19, as part of Preservation Leadership Forums webinar series, the National Trusts president and CEO, Stephanie K. Meeks, and policy staff hosted a webinar addressing the threat to the federal historic tax credit (HTC) . The U.S. Capitol Building - view of the visitor's center in 2010. | Credit: Architect of the Capitol Background and Action Items Among the many changes expected to take place under the Trump administration and the new Congress, tax reform ...
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The Farnsworth House is one of the most revered buildings of the 20th century. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, it is a vital part of modern iconography. The building first opened to the public in 2005 and a modest visitors center was erected. Visitors, programming, and staff have made this 1,700-square-foot building too small. In a bi-annual competition called Preservation as Provocation , architecture students were challenged to design a new visitors center ...
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