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Austria Seeks to Seize, and Possibly Tear Down, Hitler’s House

Austria Seeks to Seize, and Possibly Tear Down, Hitler’s House

The government’s move to expropriate the building in Braunau am Inn, where Hitler was born in 1889, is intended to remove a site that has drawn neo-Nazis and tourists alike.
Struggling for an Emmett Till Memorial That Withstands Gunshots

Struggling for an Emmett Till Memorial That Withstands Gunshots

A sign marking the area where Emmett Till’s mutilated body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in 1955 is riddled with bullet holes.
Israeli Veterans Fight One Last Battle: Reclaim Their Legacy From ‘Profanity’

Israeli Veterans Fight One Last Battle: Reclaim Their Legacy From ‘Profanity’

Haim Gouri, second from right, an Israeli poet and veteran of the Palmach strike force, at a protest against a plan to name part of a heritage site for Rehavam Zeevi, an assassinated former general
As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

A papyrus fragment dating back to the seventh century B.C. is the earliest known nonbiblical source to mention Jerusalem in the Hebrew language.
As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

A papyrus fragment dating back to the seventh century B.C. is the earliest known nonbiblical source to mention Jerusalem in the Hebrew language.
L’Aquila Journal: In Italy, a Town Still ‘Broken’ by a Quake. The One 7 Years Ago.

L’Aquila Journal: In Italy, a Town Still ‘Broken’ by a Quake. The One 7 Years Ago.

Restoration work at the Church of San Biagio in L’Aquila, which was struck by an earthquake in 2009. L’Aquila is a tale of two cities: part ghost town, part construction site.
Harvard Square Landmark Once Rooted in Print Faces Fight Over Its Future

Harvard Square Landmark Once Rooted in Print Faces Fight Over Its Future

Out of Town News, a kiosk in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., is likely to become the latest of the nation’s premier newsstands to close.
Harvard Square Landmark Once Rooted in Print Faces Fight Over Its Future

Harvard Square Landmark Once Rooted in Print Faces Fight Over Its Future

Out of Town News, a kiosk in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., is likely to become the latest of the nation’s premier newsstands to close.
Buckingham Palace, With Its 775 Rooms, Will Be Renovated

Buckingham Palace, With Its 775 Rooms, Will Be Renovated

Buckingham Palace will be renovated beginning in April. The work is expected to take a decade to complete at a cost of $456 million.
Newport, a City That Loves Its Mansions, Shudders at Its Newest One

Newport, a City That Loves Its Mansions, Shudders at Its Newest One

A new mansion under construction in Newport, R.I. Many residents are aghast about the structure, complaining that its style does not fit with the town’s aesthetic.
Hotel Project Would Revive Embodiment of Jet Age at Kennedy Airport

Hotel Project Would Revive Embodiment of Jet Age at Kennedy Airport

The Trans World Flight Center at Kennedy International Airport opened in 1962 and has stood largely empty since closing in 2001. A $265 million plan would revive the building as a public entrance to a
Square Feet: Sites for Aviation Buffs

Square Feet: Sites for Aviation Buffs

Alex Heckman, director of education and museum operations at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, in a replica of the Wright Cycle Company. Above him is an original Wright bicycle.
Square Feet: Pitching In to Preserve Aviation History

Square Feet: Pitching In to Preserve Aviation History

The former Wright brothers airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio. An effort is underway to redevelop the factory complex.
Jane Smiley Explores Ancient Ireland’s Mysterious Tombs

Jane Smiley Explores Ancient Ireland’s Mysterious Tombs

On the way to the entrance of the “passage mound” at Newgrange in County Meath.
Damaged by War, Syria’s Cultural Sites Rise Anew in France

Damaged by War, Syria’s Cultural Sites Rise Anew in France

“Eternal Sites: From Bamiyan to Palmyra,” an exhibition that calls attention to the rising threats to global heritage, has attracted large crowds to the Grand Palais in Paris.
Square Feet: Historic Designation Sets Stage for a Washington Market District’s Future

Square Feet: Historic Designation Sets Stage for a Washington Market District’s Future

Nick Stefanelli preparing for dinner service at Masseria, his Michelin-starred restaurant in the Union Market district of Northeast Washington.
Square Feet: Historic Designation Sets Stage for a Washington Market District’s Future

Square Feet: Historic Designation Sets Stage for a Washington Market District’s Future

Nick Stefanelli preparing for dinner service at Masseria, his Michelin-starred restaurant in the Union Market district of Northeast Washington.
Bangkok Journal: Fighting Restoration by Clinging to Remnants of the Past

Bangkok Journal: Fighting Restoration by Clinging to Remnants of the Past

The whitewashed Fort Mahakan, built in the 18th century, is one of the oldest structures in Bangkok. Residents in the wooden village next to it have resisted for years a government order to move out
Where I Live: Where I Live: Washington, D.C.

Where I Live: Where I Live: Washington, D.C.

The former Riggs Bank building (now part of PNC) in Georgetown.
Kitsch vs. Antiques: Tourist Trade Threatens Character of London’s Portobello Market

Kitsch vs. Antiques: Tourist Trade Threatens Character of London’s Portobello Market

Once an arcade with 200 antique dealers, the World Famous Portobello Market is now an open-plan gallery selling mass-produced souvenirs.