“We do not honor the historic buildings in our midst, nor those who once inhabited them, by trapping these structures in amber or sequestering them away behind velvet ropes. We do it by working to see that they continue to play a vibrant role at the heart of the community.”
– Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GROUPS

The historic preservation groups are the heroes of the story. They are working hard to save our irreplaceable built culture-historic buildings, old neighborhoods & significant landscapes through education, the promotion of intelligent land use & adaptive reuse. 

Join them so that you can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Why Preserve?

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Why Preserve?

I am often asked why I care so much about preserving old buildings. For some it’s a veiled challenge with no plan to listen to the answer, but some hang around long enough, without yawning, to hear my answer & some actually hear me as I pour out my soul & my...

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RICHARD P. FEYNMAN, FLOWERS & HISTORIC BUNGALOWS

RICHARD P. FEYNMAN, FLOWERS & HISTORIC BUNGALOWS

"I have a friend who's an artist & has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say 'look how beautiful it is,' & I'll agree. Then he says, 'I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take...

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THE STORY OF THE CHICAGO BUNGALOW

THE STORY OF THE CHICAGO BUNGALOW

The story of the Chicago bungalow isn't about the houses, it’s about the humanity. I call it, “Grits & girdles history.” Because our houses tell the stories of the lives of the people who built them & how they lived, worked & formed their communities- the...

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OLD HOUSE CLASSES

OLD HOUSE CLASSES

By attending old house classes, a conscientious steward can learn the basics of old house repair & maintenance. Owning an old house is not for sissies, nor for the uninformed. When I owned The Hare House, my 1910 Craftsman in Eagle Rock, I made some mistakes that...

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN NEW YORK

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN NEW YORK

The preservation advocacy groups in New York fight unwise development, public apathy, & inadequate funding for preservation projects & education. Though they fight a good fight, with many wins under their belts, they need your help. Participating in...

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PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

My husband & I often walk in the evening, sometimes on our block, sometimes in other blocks of bungalows. We meet many of our neighbors, walking the dog, or imploring the pink-helmeted young one to get off her scooter & come in for her bath and bedtime tale.

As we stroll, we see blue flickering lights in the windows of too many houses. We speak of decades past when life was lived, & not merely observed. It seems that every grandmother had some exceptional talent, be it baking or knitting or growing roses. More often than not, these talents were freely offered in aiding the community- women’s clubs, bake sales, school plays, garden clubs. We choose to live in old neighborhoods because we wish to recapture some of the warm community spirit of those past decades.

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AMERICAN BUNGALOW MAGAZINE COMES TO CENTRAL FLORIDA

AMERICAN BUNGALOW MAGAZINE COMES TO CENTRAL FLORIDA

What seems like a lifetime ago, with a great amount of help from my friends in the 3 areas that make up the bungalow neighborhood of Seminole Heights, in Tampa, Florida, I produced an American Bungalow Magazine event. I had coaxed, cajoled, pleaded with the editor to...

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ARIZONA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ARIZONA

Arizona is facing huge challenges as developers eye its historic neighborhoods. There is little protection from state or city statutes. They need your help. If you live in Arizona & curse the wrecking ball, as my old friend, Jane Powell said, “DO SOMETHING!”

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN MISSOURI

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN MISSOURI

The preservation advocacy groups in Missouri face the challenges of population loss in their downtown residential & business areas, while urban sprawl threatens historic family farms. Their focus is on promoting heritage tourism to provide a base for economic...

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN MINNESOTA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN MINNESOTA

The historic preservation advocacy groups in Minnesota face the challenges of neighborhood loss due to development & road building as well as the demolition of important public & government buildings. If you live in, or just love Minnesota & lament or...

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