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The Six-Decade Restoration of the Bowling Alley at Lyndhurst

By Tom Richmond The 1894 Recreation Pavilion at Lyndhurst houses the two oldest regulation-sized bowling lanes in the world. Helen Gould, daughter of railroad magnate and former Lyndhurst owner Jay Gould, commissioned what we now refer to as the Bowling Alley two years after her father’s...

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Filling in Lyndhurst’s Working History: Stove Grill Replacement with Plastic Casting

By Emma Gencarelli Every summer, Lyndhurst—National Trust Historic Site in Tarrytown, New York—hosts a handful of Preservation interns from different academic programs, locations, and backgrounds. This year I was fortunate to be one of them. The interns’ projects vary from year to year. The...

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preservationPLACES: A Reading List

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been providing our annual PastForward reading lists—curated selections of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston,...

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Upstairs Downstairs: Restoring Lyndhurst's Observation Tower

By Krystyn Hastings-Silver This summer visitors to Lyndhurst can see the newly restored Merritt Observation Tower by taking the Upstairs Downstairs tour . While the tower has long contributed to the National Historic Landmark status of Lyndhurst, only now is it open to the public for the...

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Spring 2016 Forum Journal : Activating Historic Spaces

Activating historic spaces hinges on engaging audiences, existing and new, in the reimagination of a site. Successfully activating places requires connection on two levels. First of all, the activation of a place must credibly incorporate its past. As Jorge Otero-Pailos explains in this issue,...

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Spring 2016 Forum Journal: Activating Historic Spaces

Activating historic spaces hinges on engaging audiences, existing and new, in the reimagination of a site. Successfully activating places requires a dual connection: the contemporary reanimation of a place must both credibly incorporate its past and authentically resonate with its present-day...

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Contemporary Landscape Architecture for Western Living: Preserving and Interpreting an "Invisible Legacy"

Experiment-minded Westerners presented a fertile field to the landscape architect who understood them. What they were willing to take, the architects were more willing to give, and a new type of landscape architecture began to flourish in the West." (See Note 1) -- Sunset Magazine When...


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Lyndhurst Bowling Alley Roof – Restored and Improved

By Krystyn Hastings-Silver The sewing school on the back stairs of the bowling alley before 1902. | National Trust for Historic Preservation Completed in 1894 for Helen Miller Gould, the fourth owner of Lyndhurst,...

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Shared Use in Action at Cooper-Molera Adobe

Exterior view of Cooper Molera. | Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation One key component in the National Trust’s vision for its historic sites is that they are places where we can develop and implement new models for preservation. As we work to realize this vision...

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