Back in March,
Mike announced a partnership with the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The pair collaborated on a limited edition This Place Matters t-shirt where the proceeds would benefit the efforts of the NTHP. To help raise awareness about the preservation partnership, a #placestosave Instagram contest was created. The idea was to inform everyone who knew a movie theater, train station, or historic building that was on a verge of being demolished, that there was a way to save them.
All summer long, folks from every corner of the country have been using the hashtag #placestosave on Instagram wearing their TPM tee infront of a location they want to save. When the
Instagram contest concludes in August, Mike will choose a place from the posts to go check out himself. We will be posting very soon which place Mike will be visiting. We’ve enjoyed learning all about the buildings and the discussions they raise. Here are a few of our favorites:
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Nashville, TN (Niki Taylor)
@nikilovesu This place matters because when I think Nashville, I think “honky tonk.” That’s why I honor one of the originals, Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Wonder Bread Factoy – Waterloo, IA
@socialluxx : When fate brings people together with the same passion in life (the preservation of restoring buildings), I believe it’s truly a calling. It’s also a sign that we need to move forward in a positive way to make a dream come to fruition. This is why I am reaching out to link @mikewolfeamericanpicker into this incredible journey. I strongly believe in this cause of restoring old buildings to their grander and having the passion for revitalization ever since I was a little girl. This 1927’s building was originally built for the Campbell Baking Company. Then in 1973, Hostess Brand acquired the building after another baking company had left. This factory pulls at my heartstrings in many ways. First, I love seeing old buildings be brought back to life in a modern way. Secondly, I have fond memories of enjoying Hostess/Wonder Bread items with my family and friends. Lastly, seeing people who love the preservation of historical buildings. My goal is to have Mike recognize the Cedar Valley (Cedar Falls & Waterloo) for having amazing people who take upon many revitalization projects. This Wonder Bread factory is one of the many buildings that have been saved. They take dilapidated city blocks and restored them into the bustling “place to be” in town. In closing, #thisplacematters to the Cedar Valley because it has made a positive impact to the community and to the surrounding areas in Iowa.
Station Inn – Nashville, TN (Dierks Bentley)
@dierksbentley This Place Matters… the Station Inn, nashville tn. home of the best bluegrass and acoustic music in the world. i use to mow the grass around it, back when it was the only functioning building down in the gulch. now it is literally boxed in like the old man’s home in the movie Up! make it one of your places to visit when you come to town.
Rail Park – Philadelphia, PA
@rustgypsy The Reading Railroad (whose name you may recognize from a popular board game) used the Reading Viaduct, built in 1890, to carry commuters to the center of Philadelphia. It was last used in 1984 and is now abandoned to weeds and disrepair. Philadelphia has a vision to transform the past into the future by making an elevated Rail Park into a thriving pathway to serve as a play space for children and an outdoor classroom for nearby schools. It will be a free, safe, publicly accessible park and bicycle path. A place to stroll and relax and to meet friends. Let’s preserve the past and transform it into a green space, a gathering space, and a public space for all!
Telluride, CO (Mike McCready of Pearl Jam)
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam : I was in Telluride, Colorado walking around before my show with Pearl Jam. I love how the owners of this property kept this building in tact and incorporated the history and lore in part the design. We travel the country all year round and I would love to see these historic buildings and out building kept as part of the neighborhoods.
Sengelmann Hall – Schulenberg, TX (Junk Gypsies)
@junkgypsy because we love Mike’s latest and greatest project, we had to include the historic Texas dance halls…
Variety Theatre – Cleveland, OH
@tessiejay I feel as if I could give you a million billion reasons as to why #ThisPlaceMatters and tell you every detail as to why Cleveland needs this, but it has a far deeper meaning to me personally. We all know that interior construction has been in Jaffray blood since the beginning of time essentially, it has been a family business for ever and ever. The Variety Theater is a place that my great grandfather and my great, great grandfather worked their labor of love from the ground up. I know that they were both smiling down as my Dad walked the “guts” of this place on Friday with the hopes of bringing it all back to life… putting a little “happy” back into it. Cleveland is our home, it is a place that I (and countless others) love and with the renovation and restoration of the historic Variety Theater, I know it will bring a magnanimous amount of “happy” back to us Clevelanders. Please, please help me in sharing how this place matters to you, and get us to have the assistance of the ever so lovely @mikewolfeamericanpicker to bring a little history back to life in my favorite place.
Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
The Switch Tower – Attleboro, MA
@missy.riley2 If this switch tower, a key to Attleboro’s world famous jewlery industry, is not preserved it will be demolished. This place matters because it is also a piece of railroad history which retains features inside which demonstrate its original function. Its over 100 year old signal and equipment, still inside, kept the railroad running safely and efficiently.
Broadway – NY, NY
@michaelurielikesit So happy Mike Wolfe is shining a spotlight on amazing places that matter – I’m honored to fight for old cherished theaters in New York! #thisplacematters @mikewolfeamericanpicker Boarded up on 42nd street is the Times Square Theater, closed since the early 90s, when it was a movie theater playing horror films that were almost as scary as was walking on 42nd at the time – now Disneyfied, the street would be thrilled to have another Broadway play house – once called the Apollo, there hasn’t been a play on its stage since 1983. Too many beautiful theaters in New York are boarded up collecting dust when they could be expanding minds! It nearly became a clothing store recently – nooooo!!!! Learn more at @ontwolanes @savingplaces #theater #newyork #preservation #placestosave
White Oak Shop – White Oak, OK
@amberjojane #placestosave @mikewolfeamericanpicker @savingplaces @ontwolanes I love our little stop along Route 66…..everyone knows everyone, and everyone is willing to help a neighbor in need & some days there are more trains pass through than the population of our little town 😉 The Ranchers all meet at our ONE store for the daily lunch special and visit for a while No where I’d rather be!!
William Todd Building – Dodgeville, WI
@piecesofmolly #placestosave @mikewolfeamericanpicker @ontwolanes @savingplaces
Old Warner Music Building Studio – Nashville, TN (Butch Walker)
@butchwalker This is my studio in Nashville. It’s in the old Warner Music building from the 50’s and was a studio here, all the way up until the present. There’s been countless hits and amazing country and rock n roll songs recorded here over the years. It’s smells a little funny. It’s maybe haunted (hell, it was a morgue at one time!). But I love it. It’s got vibe for days, sounds incredible, and people dig working here. Aside from being able to feel the history in here, you can also feel the walls shake every time they blast the concrete all around me, putting up another bland, boring, Dubai-looking glass condo building here in midtown. Im literally surrounded by them now, and I suspect this building will be gone by the end of the year. This place matters. It matters to music. It matters to the history of the city. If I were made of millions of dollars, I’d buy it and restore it. But I can’t. The people that mostly can afford that around here are contractor/developers that would rather keep homogenizing this precious city with more condos. Hard to stop progress I know… But it doesn’t make it hurt less. Guess I will just try to make as much music as I can in this building, while I can. THIS PLACE MATTERS. @mikewolfeamericanpicker / @savingplaces / @ontwolanes / #placestosave
With the threat of new buildings and parking lots going up everyday, there has never been a moment more precious than the present to protect these locations. The contest officially ended in August, but you can still help preserve history using the hashtag #placestosave in your
This Place Matters shirt.