Vote in National Trust’s 40 Under 40

This is late notice, but you have through today (Jan 18) to vote in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “40 Under 40” contest. There are even some Southern buildings, including the Rural Studio in Newbern, Alabama, Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas, and Musician’s Village in New Orleans, but alas, no Mississippi places, although obviously, if the Pinecote Pavilion were on the list, it should win.

Welcome to 40 Under 40 Places—40 of the most important, most interesting, and quirkiest American places 40 years old or less, compiled by the staff of Preservation magazine. The by-no-means comprehensive list includes sites both well-known and obscure, high-end and low-budget, and urban and rural. Places typically aren’t considered historic until they’ve been around for at least 50 years, so why highlight younger sites now? Because by looking at them through a preservation lens and identifying places worthy of saving before they become truly historic, we can be proactive about their futures.

From January 7-18, 2019, you can vote for your favorite places on our list. (You can vote for multiple places, but you can’t vote for the same place twice.) The contest winner will be determined by popular vote, so share with your friends before time runs out! Don’t forget to read the voting terms.

Vote through January 18, 2019!

Each place on our list was built in 1978 or later, and each makes an important contribution in one of six categories: ArtsScience and TechCultureHistoryLandscapes, and Housing. Top vote-getters will be featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Preservation.

Read our stories to learn more about each place, and vote below for your top choices!


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12 replies

  1. Is 60 the new 40? Just wondering.


  2. How can we receive such notifications or calls for nominations so Pinecote does not get overlooked again?

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  3. An interesting initiative by the NTHP. Really makes me think about our conversations in the spring regarding places that won MS AIA awards in the 1970s.

    I did find an article stating that the Gulfport VA Laundry won its MS AIA award in 1986, creating an estimated completion date of 1984-1985.


  4. The staff of Preservation magazine compiled 40 Under 40, which is why the list is a useless as anything else in that pitiful rag. It focuses more on “inclusive” sites over ones of architectural or actual historical importance while adding trendy flavor of the moment sites, which is why two murals, a trendy new park, and a slew of memorials and museums to minority groups were included.

    Also note that the 40 Under 40 impetus was stated as:

    “Places typically aren’t considered historic until they’ve been around for at least 50 years, so why highlight younger sites now? Because by looking at them through a preservation lens and identifying places worthy of saving before they become truly historic, we can be proactive about their futures.”

    Which makes since, except for the fact that, out of 40 sites, nearly half are publicly owned, either directly by government entities or by nonprofits. While that is not a guarantee of preservation, I do not believe the National Mall or the September 11 National Memorials will ever be in danger. The fact that the paint is barely dry on a few of the sites leads me to conclude that the feckless Preservation staff simply saw some trendy-tecture on Curbed or one of those other rubbish architecture sites. Because, if one simply had to pick an Atlanta site for the list, the only reason that the Atlanta BeltLine would be ranked higher than John Portman’s Atlanta Marriott Marquis is because that person had never heard of the latter.

    It is too bad preservationists no longer have a national preservation organization. Maybe a new president will return the National Trust to its roots as a historic preservation organization, not a craft beer advertiser and compiler of useless lists.

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  5. In other National Trust for Historic Preservation news, in my inbox this morning appeared their usual Saving Places email, which I generally only glance at because it is almost always filled with uselessness. In it, they included a link to a guest post they posted on their website in December by Anthony Flint of the site CityLab. In the post, The Price of Saving Grand Central Terminal, Flint argues that historic preservationists are preserving too many buildings and the ones that are preserved should be allowed to be considerably altered. While the post is geared towards New York City (as is just about everything, it seems), I thought I would let all the MissPres-ers on this site know that we are preserving too many buildings and the ones we have preserved we should gut and install vinyl windows in.

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