PANHANDLE REGIONAL MEETING – LUBBOCK, TEXAS
Thursday, May 26
Registration closed. We sold out! No tickets available at the door.
Hope to see you at our next Regional Meeting on Aug. 11 in Marshall.
Can’t make it to the Regional Meeting (8:30am – 4:00pm)?
Meet us afterwards at the Panhandle Regional Reception.
We’d like to thank Lubbock Heritage Society, Texas Plains Trail Region, Texas Tech University, Elm Tree Partners, and Reagor/Dykes Auto Group for making this event possible.
PANHANDLE REGIONAL MEETING
Texas Tech University Museum – 2nd Floor, Kline Room
3301 4th Street
8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee
Dwayne Jones – Preservation Texas
9:15-10:15 Preservation Strategies
Dr. Elizabeth Louden – Texas Tech University
10:30-11:30 Preserving Historic Theaters
Roger Estlack – The Clarendon Enterprise
Darryl Holland – Historic Granada Theater (Plainview)
11:30-12:15 Preserving Historic Train Depots
Dr. Scott White – National Ranching Heritage Center
1:00-1:45 Tour of the National Ranching Heritage Center
1:45-2:45 Local Advocacy Strategies, Saving the Kyle Depot
Lila Knight – Knight & Associates, Inc.
3:00-3:45 Perspectives from an Investor/Developer
John Thompson, Jr. – Elm Tree Partners, LLC
3:45-4:00 Closing remarks
Attendees eligible for up to 5 AIA CEU credit hours. Inquire at the Meeting for details.
PANHANDLE REGIONAL RECEPTION
1215 Avenue J
Join PT members from around the Panhandle and across Texas at the newly rehabilitated Reagor Dykes Building, formerly the Myrick-Green Building (1927). Drinks and light fare served.
$50/Current PT Member
$75/Non-Member (includes one-year PT membership)
Full Day (Student)
$25/Current PT Member
$40/Non-Member (includes one-year PT membership)
Online registration ends May 25. Onsite registration is not available.
We look forward to seeing you in Lubbock!
Questions? Contact us!
Publisher and Editor, The Clarendon Enterprise
Roger Estlack has been publisher and editor of The Clarendon Enterprise since 1995 and has been a proponent of historic preservation in Donley County. In 2000, he received the Texas Media Award from Preservation Texas for his support of the restoration of the 1890 Donley County Courthouse. As a member of the Saints’ Roost Museum board, he helped with efforts to restore Clarendon’s 1887 railroad depot.
As a member of the Clarendon Economic Development Corporation Board, he has been part of a group of people who have labored since 2004 to bring back the 1946 Mulkey Theater, helping negotiate the CEDC’s acquisition of the theatre in 2008, applying to get the property listed on PT’s Most Endangered Places list in 2011, and working on Mulkey’s rehabilitation since that time.
Owner, Historic Granada Theater
A native of Lubbock, Darryl is a self-described “old soul” and “serial entrepreneur” – with a wide range of interests that motivate and shape his pursuits both personally and professionally. He currently operates four small businesses, including: an import/distribution company that supplies holiday lighting supplies to a nationwide client base; a retro-themed, 1950s style malt shop; an online calendar and weekly “e-postcard” with 15,000 readers; a wholesale company specializing in vintage, bottled “soda pop” brands from around the country; and various real estate developments including the rescue and “phase 1” restoration of the historic Granada Theatre in Plainview, Texas. Over the last decade, he has entered the music industry as an independent promoter, working with artists ranging from the late, great Guy Clark to Pat Boone to Alison Krauss and Union Station. He is married to the love of his life, Stephanie, and the two share a love of travel, spending time with family, playing Pickleball, and adding interesting finds to their Victorian-style home.
Originally opened in 1929, the historic Granada Theatre opened at the dawn of “talking” motion pictures and featured a vaudeville stage which played host to traveling acts such as magicians, comedy teams, cowboy picture stars like Hopalong Cassidy and Smiley Burnette. It was considered by many to be the grandest theatre in West Texas in its day – seating nearly 1,400 and being the first air conditioned building in Plainview. Through the years, the theatre was utilized for numerous community events and was the undisputed crown jewel of downtown. Through the years, the theatre was modified to accommodate the latest technologies from Hollywood – including widening the screen to accommodate CinemaScope and later novelties. Sensurround – to enhance the audio experience during film screenings. Darryl’s grandfather, the late Price Holland, was a drive-in movie pioneer and later a partner in the operation of the Granada from 1957 until his retirement in the early ‘70s. In late 1977, the Granada was sold to an out-of-state operator who closed the grand movie palace in the fall of that year to “modernize” and “twin” the fabled structure. It reopened in the fall of 1978 and operated as a twin theater until its closing (ironically, on Darryl’s birthday) on September 5, 1997.
The shuttered theatre remained vacant for the next 15 years until it was purchased briefly in the spring of 2012 by a live theatre operator from South Texas. Less than 6 months later, the theatre was placed for sale on eBay and the headline in the Lubbock paper prompted Darryl to contact the new owner – relay the family heritage connected to the theatre – and ultimately strike a deal to end the online auction early to insure “local” ownership would remain. Two years of research, consulting, fundraising efforts and ultimately the formation of a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation led to a blitz of activity in the summer of 2014 to remove the interior dividing wall, restore the vintage 1940s neon-filled marquee, and ready the theatre for a series of four, back-to-back fundraising concerts held over the Labor Day weekend. Subsequent improvements to existing heating and air conditioning units, restrooms and entrances proceeded – as additional fundraising concerts were booked for the Christmas season, Valentine’s weekend of 2015 and beyond. A total of 7 benefit concerts were held during the allowed 180 day window afforded by the City of Plainview from late August through early March of 2015. Since that time, the continuing challenge of enlisting community support, cultivating and motivating board members and exploring additional means of moving the project forward have been the focus. Currently, two additional benefit concerts have been booked, with the Western Swing supergroup The Time Jumpers – featuring 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green, Paul Franklin and six additional “A-list” studio musicians from Nashville. These two performances will take place in the larger surrounding markets of Amarillo on July 22nd and in Lubbock on July 23rd.
President, Preservation Texas
Dwayne Jones is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio in history and Asian studies. He holds a master’s in urban and regional planning and historic preservation from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jones is Executive Director of Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) (2006-present) one of the nation’s largest local preservation non-profits. GHF owns or manages sixteen historic properties, including several historic vessels, as well as manages museums and community preservation programs.
Following Hurricane Ike in 2008, GHF formed the Center for Coastal Heritage to address preservation issues and techniques unique to historic coastal communities. From 2000 to 2006, he served as Executive Director of Preservation Dallas, the local non-profit preservation organization for Dallas. Dwayne earned membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Prior to his work in non-profits, he directed the National Register and Certified Local Government federal programs at the Texas Historical Commission where he worked for twelve years and worked in several preservation planning positions at the local level.
Preservation Consultant, Knight and Associates, Inc.
Lila Knight has served as a consultant in historic preservation since 1995, conducting cultural resource surveys, writing National Register nominations, preparing Section 106 evaluations of cultural resources, and providing a wide array of other activities. Previously, she served as the first curator of the Drury B. Alexander Architectural Archives at The University of Texas at Austin and as a consultant to the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities for their architectural archive program. Ms. Knight served on the Texas State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places (1993-1999), as Chairman of the Hays County Historical Commission (1991-1998), the board of the Historic Bridge Foundation (1998-2006), and the board of her local preservation non-profit, Preservation Associates (1998 to present).
She has been involved in the restoration of numerous buildings in Hays County including the Katherine Anne Porter Childhood Home, the Dr. Joseph Pound Farmstead, the Winters-Wimberley House, and the Kyle Depot. She is now serving her second term on the Board of Preservation Texas.
Elizabeth Louden, PhD
Historic Preservation Programs Director, Texas Tech University
Architectural preservation work with its often unique situations requires a keen understanding of materials, structures, space, design, the environment, and the characterization thereof—all blended with sensitivities to culture and aesthetics. Professor Louden has been involved in all aspects of architecture and historical preservation and she is best noted for integrating all these components through her teaching, research, and service efforts at Texas Tech University—recognized in part through TTU Research and Teaching Awards in 2002 and 2003, respectively and continuing into 2004 with the College of Architecture Barney Rushing Research Excellence award and in 2006 the student nominated Professing Excellence Award. In 2012 Historic Fort Worth also recognized her work with graduate students in Preservation Studio. Most notably, Professor Louden has brought 3D laser and precision measured drawing techniques into her teaching and scholarly work, to the benefit of students who will require these leading-edge tools in future practice. Her service and research efforts have included preservation projects across the Texas landscape, the nation and world heritage sites such as the Roman Forum. These preservation efforts provide case material that is brought into the classroom and studios of the College of Architecture, as well as inform future scholarship.
Dr. Louden’s work on historic buildings and integrating them into the classroom has raised awareness about the values of heritage and important construction methods. This integrated approach to learning increases the students’ experiences and gives them an opportunity to fully understand all aspects of architecture and their surrounding environment. Her comprehensive studios provide students with effective skills they can transition into their professional pursuits. Over the past two decades, Dr. Louden’s grants and contracts have funded student research assistants on nationally significant projects such as the documentation of the Statue of Liberty while also including students in the study of numerous regional historic ranches. The more local work provides communities with proposals that help to preserve these sites and offers students service-learning opportunities to work directly with the public and see the immediate responses to their proposals. Locally, graduate student preservation work on the Lubbock 1931 Federal Post Office building helped draw statewide attention when the building was listed on the 2011 Texas’ Most Endangered Places list. Most recently, Dr. Louden and the students focused on rehabilitation proposals and historic structures report for Bassett Farms, Kosse, Texas and the Fort Worth Stock Yards. Hands-on learning is at the core of this student learning initiative.
John Thompson, Jr.
Founding Principal, Elm Tree Partners, LLC
John Thompson is a former Shearman & Sterling securities lawyer and leveraged finance investment banker at Citicorp and Salomon Smith Barney in New York. Mr. Thompson has extensive experience and strong relationships in both the Native and non-Native gaming sectors, serving as financial advisor and/or developer in transactions valued at well over $1 billion in multiple gaming jurisdictions.
Elm Tree Partners, LLC is a capital project fund and financing company focused primarily on the development of world-class, Native American-owned resort projects. Over the last decade Elm Tree and its principals have financed, developed and provided financial and development advisory services on many large financings and developments across the United States. Representative projects include the $300 million Downstream Resort at the intersection of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and the Seneca Niagara Resort in Niagara Falls, New York.
Scott White, PhD.
Director of Collections, Exhibits and Research and Editor, National Ranching Heritage Center
Dr. Scott White is the director of Collections, Exhibits and Research and editor of the National Ranching Heritage Center’s Ranch Record. He also teaches graduate classes in the Heritage Management Program of TTU. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in American History with a minor in Latin American History. His Ph.D. in Fine Arts was a multidisciplinary double study of Art History and Criticism and Museum Science. He has years of experience in handling art and historic artifacts and serves as a museum consultant for conservation/preservation issues, exhibits and collection management. A native of West Texas, Dr. White has a real fondness for the history and heritage of West Texas. He has conducted several major oral history projects on the history of the West.
Scott grew up in Odessa, Texas. His father was in the construction industry, a vocation followed by Scott. He became a painting and remodeling contractor when he was seventeen years old and stayed in construction until the year 2000. He has lived and worked in Odessa, Lubbock, Austin, Paris and Fort Worth. In 1995, Scott began curating and organizing art shows. Originally regional shows, by the fifth one, the event had become an international juried show.
Scott began college in 1971 but stopped in order to work and raise a family. He returned to school in 1988 and went on to complete post-graduate degrees at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Texas Tech University. He began a fine arts/museum consulting service in 1997, continuing that work until 2004. He has also been a songwriter, musician, music producer and artist.