2018 Preservation Summit

The 2018 Preservation Summit will be held February 25th – 28th, 2018 in historic Brownsville, Texas.  We are grateful for the planning support of the Brownsville Historical Association, the Brownsville Preservation Society and the Brownsville Convention and Visitor Bureau. We look forward to offering you a rewarding, in-depth experience in the Lower Rio Grande Valley as we study a range of preservation issues through a local lens, examining regional vernacular architecture and complicated preservation issues along the U.S.-Mexican border.

More information about the 2018 Preservation Summit will be made available here on our website in the weeks ahead.

Preliminary Schedule (Updated 10/16/2017):

Sunday, February 25, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Pre-Summit Tour of Hidalgo, Rio Grande City and Roma guided by architectural historian Stephen Fox
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Informal drop-in reception at the historic Historic Alonso Building (c. 1890) hosted by the Brownsville Historical Association

Monday, February 26, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Regional Field Sessions and Workshops (A) Walk and Ride Tour of Downtown Brownsville; (B) Brownsville Perimeter Tour; (C) Mid-19th Century Battlefields and Landscape Preservation Tour
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Opening Plenary with architectural historian and Brownsville native Stephen Fox in historic downtown Brownsville (site T.B.A.)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Opening Reception at Market Square (1850) – shuttles available

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Educational sessions at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion with a lunch break at the adjacent Gladys Porter Zoo
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – 2018 Honor Awards and Most Endangered Places presentation (site T.B.A.)

The Ringgold Civic Pavilion overlooking the resaca will be the site of educational sessions.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Optional escorted tour of historic Matamoros, Mexico with lunch at Garcia’s (passport required)


You won’t want to miss seeing the Richard Neutra House (1937) in Brownsville, listed on PT’s 2004 Most Endangered Places list and now restored, on the Brownsville Perimeter Tour

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