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National Preservation Leaders to Speak in Indy

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State and national preservation leaders will come together next month for Indiana's annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods. Preserving Historic Places, set for April 6-8 in Indianapolis, will feature lectures on the economic benefit of historic district designation and the challenges and opportunities facing preservation in the coming decade. The conference will also include panel discussions, workshops and tours of historic landmarks and districts in the city.

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March 11, 2011

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS – Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to Indianapolis April 6-8. The conference includes panel discussions, workshops and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders.

Plenary session speaker Stanley Lowe, a pioneer in revitalizing historic urban neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and post-Katrina New Orleans, will talk about preservation’s role in community development. Washington, DC-based economist and real estate developer Donovan Rypkema will offer compelling data on the community economic benefit of historic district designation.

Harvard University professor John Stilgoe will point out unnoticed and underappreciated elements of the Indiana landscape.

Wayne Donaldson, chairman of the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, will offer his view of challenges and opportunities facing preservation in the coming decade. For an examination of the role of vintage buildings in achieving “green” goals, Donaldson will be joined on a panel by National Trust architect Barbara Campagna, and Jason Hercules of U.S. Green Building Council.

Reid Williamson, President Emeritus of Indiana Landmarks, will give a luncheon address on two of the most significant “saves” during his 30-year tenure with the organization—Circle Centre mall in Indianapolis and the West Baden Springs Hotel in Orange County.

Concurrent sessions offer a broad variety of choices—how-to restoration, African American heritage preservation, tax credits and other funding mechanisms for revitalizing historic properties, neighborhood revival, saving schools, care of historic cemeteries, and more.

Tours and workshops will take participants to many historic landmarks and districts in the city that showcase urban revitalization achieved through historic preservation.

Preserving Historic Places sponsors include Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), Indiana Landmarks, Indiana University Department of History, and U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.

Partners supporting the conference include AIA Indiana; ARCHitecture trio, Inc.; Association for Preservation Technology International, Ohio Valley Chapter; Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates, Inc.; Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Civil Engineers; Brenner Design: Historic Preservation Studio; Central Indiana Community Foundation; Indiana Historical Society; Indiana State Library; Indiana University Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series; RATIO Architects, Inc.

For all three days, Preserving Historic Places costs $175 per person and $150 per student, with discounts before March 18. The price per day is $75. Continuing education credits are available to Realtors, architects and librarians for certain sessions.

For more information on individual sessions and to register, call DHPA at 317-234-1268 or visit www.in.gov/dnr/historic.

Source: Indiana Landmarks

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