Your original windows matter. Not just because keeping them is good news for your pocketbook and the environment, but because they say a lot about the historic integrity of your home. That’s why we’re doing what we can to make it easier for you to show them some love (and to ward off those “Replace Now!” flyers we know you’re getting). While the National Trust does not endorse specific contractors, check out and make recommendations to our growing map of old-home-friendly contractors. Whether you live in Texas (it’s our theme this issue!), Maine, or California, this is your resource for restoring your windows to their original glory.
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Every city has a story. As we descend on the Live Music Capital of the World for the National Preservation Conference, three National Trust staffers are setting out with a flip camera, a microphone, and one question for local residents: What places matter in Austin? The project is Austin Unscripted, a groundbreaking new documentary to capture how people on the street view preservation and how it can help protect places near and dear to their hearts, even in high-growth cities like Austin. Check out our website for details and join the conversation on Twitter at #atxunscripted. Keep it weird with Austin Unscripted. >>
Houdini disappeared (and reappeared!) there. Katherine Hepburn graced its stage. Willie Nelson and so many others filled it with song. For 90 years and counting, Austinites have enjoyed everything from vaudeville to “talkies” at the historic Paramount Theatre, a John Eberson-designed icon with a marquee that lights up Austin’s most celebrated thoroughfare. This month, the Paramount added another accolade to its long-running story as the winner of our first-ever This Place Matters Community Challenge, which inspired 56,000 votes among the 126 communities vying for the $25,000 grand prize. Learn more about the Paramount and the Community Challenge. >>
National Trust Historic Sites dot the country from coast to coast. And as of this month, you can now find us deep in the heart of Texas! On October 21, the visitor center at Villa Finale, the first National Trust Historic Site in the Lone Star State, opened its doors with a permanent exhibition focusing on renowned preservationist Walter Mathis. A gem in San Antonio’s beautiful King William Historic District, Villa Finale and its exhibition highlighting Mathis’ rich and varied decorative arts collection is now open to the public. Read up on all things Villa Finale. >>