By Stacey De Shazo

The word Napa often brings to mind visions of beautiful vineyards, amazing wine, and of course great food, but we are also a community that is passionate about historic preservation. After the South Napa Earthquake hit on Sunday, August 24, at 3:20 a.m. and the day broke, the light uncovered the condition of the architectural heritage that we had worked so hard to preserve. The County of Napa recognized long ago that our community character is created by not only people, but by places that we preserve, such as the National Register-listed Sam Kee Laundry Building, Trefethen’s historic gravity-flow winery, the graceful Napa County Courthouse Plaza, and the bold Goodman Library. Lesser known, but still significant, are locally listed houses and buildings in neighborhoods and communities throughout Napa County that also embrace their heritage through preservation.

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Retrofitting Philadelphia: New Report from the Preservation Green Lab

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 by Special Contributor 1 Comment


By Jim Lindberg and Mike Powe

RetrofittingPhiladelphia_CoverImageToday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab released Retrofitting Philadelphia: The Partnership for Building Reuse. The most recent in a series of studies that look at the barriers to building reuse as a tool for economic growth in our towns and cities, Retrofitting Philadelphia focuses on the problems and opportunities that are unique to Philadelphia—a city with a large number of vacant or underutilized older buildings. This study provides practical solutions to help property owners and investors repurpose more older buildings in diverse neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

The study came out of a new initiative, the Partnership for Building Reuse, which is a joint effort between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute. The goal of the partnership is to analyze demolition and development trends and develop strategies to foster building reuse in U.S. cities, bringing together community groups, real estate developers, and civic leaders around the common goal of making it easier to reuse and retrofit existing buildings using a market-driven approach.

Working with the ULI Philadelphia District Council, as well as the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Green Lab engaged more than 40 land-use professionals, historic preservation advocates, community development practitioners, green building leaders, and city staff to help identify opportunities and develop recommendations for how to increase reuse and revitalization across the city.

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Final Report from Innovation Lab Available

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


Forum Journal 2014 Summer Cover

Two years ago, the National Trust received a multi-year Innovation Lab for Museums grant from EmcArts to explore new ways to move from the traditional house museum model to a more relevant museum experience. Cindi Malinick, the former Louise B. Potter senior director of Site Stewardship at the National Trust, explains how staff at a number of National Trust sites used this grant to experiment and take risks in their work in her article “Innovation at National Trust Historic Sites” in the summer issue of the Forum Journal.  You can access the final report of the Innovation Lab for Museums grant below. It can also be downloaded directly from Slideshare.

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