Category Archives: National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust Conference site visit in Phoenix

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office] — The Historic Preservation Office collaborated with the Greater Phoenix Visitor and Convention Bureau and the Arizona Preservation Foundation to host representatives from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). Phoenix has been selected as a finalist to host the NTHP’s annual conference in 2012, Arizona’s centennial year. A reception with over 60 people in attendance was also held in association with the site visit.

2008 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places announced

[Source: National Trust] — On May 20th in New York City, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®, an annual list that highlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage. The 21st annual list includes: California’s State Park System, whose budget has been repeatedly slashed and now faces $1.2 billion in deferred maintenance; Charity Hospital and adjacent neighborhood in New Orleans, where proposed development projects would abandon the currently closed (but reparable) hospital and would demolish 25 blocks with 200 homes to make way for two new hospital complexes; and New York’s Lower East Side (pictured), the neighborhood that embodies the history of immigration in America, that is steadily and irrevocably being erased by inappropriate development.

[Click here to see the entire list, learn how you can help save these places, and view the 11 Most video (in partnership with The History Channel).]

National Trust grades Forest Service

[Source: Joe Hanel, Journal Denver Bureau] — National forests have at least 325,000 historic sites hiding among their trees, and most of them are at risk because of a lack of money at the Forest Service, according to a national preservation group. “Thousands of significant landscapes, structures and sites — places that record important chapters in America’s story — are in danger of being lost forever,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group released its 52-page national report Thursday in Denver.

Moe cited Chimney Rock Pueblo (pictured) as a great example of historic sites on Forest Service land. The ruins between Durango and Pagosa Springs mark the northernmost outpost of the Chaco Canyon civilization. The Forest Service and local volunteers from the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association have cooperated to preserve the pueblo. But the Forest Service needs a full-time person to work at the site, Moe said. “The Forest Service shouldn’t have to depend on the kindness of strangers to preserve historic sites,” he said. But other sites don’t enjoy the same high profile. Of the 325,000 known historic sites on national forest lands, only 2,000 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And archaeologists have surveyed only about one-fifth of America’s national forests, according to the report. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix…Celebrate a place that matters to you!

[Source: Jim McPherson, National Trust for Historic Preservation] — National Preservation Month is celebrated during May and the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants you to join in a viral marketing campaign around this year’s theme, “This Place Matters.” By simply printing a sign and taking a picture, you can tell the story about a place in Phoenix that matters to you. Click here to submit your entry and follow these simple instructions:

1. Register on the National Trust’s website, http://www.preservationnation.org

2. Download and print out a special Phoenix “This Place Matters” sign available at http://www.box.net/shared/1xubte0ows. If you know of a spot outside of Phoenix, click on http://www.box.net/shared/c4e9uy9s00 for a sign with the Arizona flag.

3. Snap a photo of people holding the sign and standing in front of a building or place of particular personal significance.

4. Then, upload the photo (or photos) to the National Trust http://www.preservationnation.org/thisplacematters, and post a brief story about the place and why it matters.

We’ve already had a number of communities participate, including, Fremont, NE and Greenville, OH, just to name a few. So don’t get left out. Post your picture today!

Want to do more?

  • Spread the word about the campaign by mentioning the campaign in your enewsletter.
  • Post your picture and story on your own website and link to PreservationNation.org.
  • Challenge your supporters to post other pictures from your town to the site.
  • Learn how City Lore and the Municipal Arts Society in New York City have been using their own “Place Matters” campaign for years to advocate for local places at risk by visiting their website at
    http://www.placematters.net.

David Wilson joins Tucson’s ABA Architects

[Source: AzBiz.com] — David Wilson joined ABA Architects as senior architect and historic preservation specialist. Through his work with the Arizona Main Street Program and as a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Wilson gained extensive knowledge and experience in preservation architecture, qualifying him as a historic architect.

Congress moves closer to preserving Western beauty

[Source: Faye Bowers, Christian Science Monitor] — This swath of desert is in full bloom. The mountainsides blanketed by towering saguaro forests are now dotted with yellow and orange Mexican poppies, purple lupine, and white chicory. The monument is home to three wilderness areas and two historic trails. These 487,000 acres sit along a corridor between Arizona’s two largest metropolitan areas, Phoenix and Tucson, where demographers predict the population will increase from 5 million people to more than 10 million by 2040.

That’s a key reason, many conservation and wildlife advocates say, Congress should permanently designate this national monument and more than 800 additional federally managed properties as the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The House Natural Resources Committee moved toward that Wednesday, voting the National Landscape Conservation System Act out of committee. The bill can now be scheduled for a vote by the full House. The Senate, meanwhile, is ready to vote on a similar bill. “Congress … took a major step toward permanently recognizing the National Landscape Conservation System,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a statement. “These places are living history books of the American West, and by unifying them into a single system under the [Bureau of Land Management’s] careful management, we are ensuring that these irreplaceable treasures … are preserved for future generations.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

National Trust for Historic Preservation national conference RFQ – 2012

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, Phoenix Historic Preservation Office] — HP staff coordinated with representatives from the Greater Phoenix Visitor and Convention Bureau, Arizona Preservation Foundation, and State Historic Preservation Office to respond to a RFP from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for Phoenix to host the 2012 National Preservation Conference. Staff identified possible historic venues for events and tours, summarized local historic preservation accomplishments, and provided other supporting materials. The conference is very prestigious, would place Phoenix in a national spotlight for historic preservation, and would bring nearly 2,500 attendees to Phoenix in our centennial year.

March 1 is deadline for 2008 National Preservation Awards nominations

[Source: Phx Downtown Voices] — Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. You are invited to nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a National Preservation Award. The deadline for nominations for all awards is March 1, 2008. Those nominations not selected to receive a Trustees, ACHP, or HUD Award are automatically considered for an Honor Award. Click here to download the nomination form from the National Trust’s website. If you have questions or need additional information about the awards or the nomination process, contact Caroline Healey by email or 202-588-6236.

Green means preserving, not destroying

[Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation] — With “green building” all the rage, Americans are beginning to realize what preservationists have long known: contrary to much of the hype around sustainable design and construction, the “greenest” building is often one that has already been built. When he was honored with the National Building Museum’s prestigious 2007 Vincent Scully Prize last month, National Trust President Richard Moe used the opportunity to hammer home that point, using his address to make the case for historic preservation’s “essential role” in fighting climate change. “We can’t build our way out of our environmental problems. We have to conserve our way out. That means we have to make better, wiser use of what we’ve already built.” His speech included statistics that illustrated the breadth of this issue and new sustainability initiatives for the National Trust.

Expanding on Mr. Moe’s speech, the January/February 2008 edition of the National Trust’s Preservation magazine is titled “The Green Issue.” Covering many timely topics such as the cost of overlooking old buildings in favor of new ones, tips for an environmentally friendly home, and a look at sustainable architecture at work in Chicago, the issue is available in print and online. APF encourages you to share this with your friends and associates to expand your knowledge of the benefits of preserving and reusing existing buildings, and its impact on Arizona communities.

Phoenix high school student a fan of Route 66 in Arizona

Route 66, recently listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places list, has a rich history in the U.S. especially in the Southwest. High school student Adam Falk exlains a little bit about the history of Route 66 in Arizona in this know99 Television segment.