Honokaa buildings nominated to National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service is considering adding the Matsujiro Fujino property at 45-3390 Mamane Street to the National Historic Register, according to the U.S. Federal Register published July 30. Image capture from Google Earth/Special to West Hawaii Today

From West Hawaii Today: KAILUA-KONA — Two properties on Honokaa’s main street have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service is considering adding the Matsujiro Fujino property at 45-3390 Mamane St., and the Honokaa Garage property at 45-3586 Mamane St., to the register, according to the U.S. Federal Register published July 30.

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Original restaurant to make Route 66 comeback

From KY3: SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A familiar taste is coming back to the Ozarks. It’s a taste of historic Route 66.

Red’s Giant Hamburg opens on August 5th. The restaurant is returning to Springfield thirty five years after the original closed its doors.

The owner says he’s been planning this restaurant for 25 years. Finding the right location and items to put inside the eatery took a lot of hard work, but it’s about to pay off as his dream comes true when the doors open.

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Anderson buys historic theater after failed renovations

A July 2017 photo of the interior of the State Theatre in Anderson with all the seats removed. Photo: Herald Bulletin/John P. Cleary

From 13WTHR: ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana city is now the owner of a historic theater that several groups had tried to renovate and reopen over the years.

The city of Anderson’s warranty deed for the State Theatre was finalized Monday after the city purchased it for $127,500 from a California-based company.

Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. says the price was reasonable and the theater could be tied into redevelopment efforts in the city about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.

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Tiffin Drive-In completes first portion of 3,600 square foot neon sign restoration

[Historic photos]. The first banner of the 60’x60′ neon sign is now done (WNWO).

It’s hard to believe, but at one time there were thousands of drive-in movie theaters across the country.

Now, there are just over 300.

While most drive-ins across the country are continuing to go away, one local drive-in, the Tiffin Drive-In, is renovating to draw more customers in.

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Public Support Puts Cincinnati’s Union Terminal Back on Track

The building’s soaring rotunda measures 106 feet tall at its highest point.

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation: At the height of the Great Depression, the top executives of seven railroad companies decided to build a grand train station together—one that could serve as a stylish hub for all of the railways that passed through Cincinnati. They hired the leading architects, designers, and artists in the country, splurged on high-end materials, and invested in cutting-edge technology.

By the time they were done, the building’s rotunda formed a mammoth half sphere. In front, a tiered fountain worthy of a Hollywood set jetted water. Inside, gigantic glass mosaic murals glimmered, and bands of sunny gold set the ceiling ablaze. No detail was overlooked in the project, which cost $41 million in 1930s dollars. Even the bird’s-eye maple furniture for the station president’s office was custom made.

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