2017 PRESERVATION TEXAS SUMMIT

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2017 PRESERVATION TEXAS SUMMIT

February 26, 27, 28 & March 1

Waco, Texas


The 2017 Preservation Texas Summit, which will take place from February 26 – March 1, 2017, is the premier statewide grassroots historic preservation gathering in Texas. This year preservationists will meet in historic downtown Waco, a city that is in the midst of a downtown renaissance with important investments being made in long-neglected historic resources and many new opportunities on the horizon.

This year’s multi-day Summit will include receptions, full and half-day regional field sessions, educational presentations, workshops, the 2017 Preservation Texas Honor Awards, the 2017 Most Endangered Places announcement, and plenty of opportunities for networking and sharing of new ideas.

Summit attendees are invited to stay at the newly remodeled Hilton Waco, overlooking the Brazos River, the official 2017 Preservation Texas Summit hotel. Regional tour buses and evening shuttles will depart to and from the Hilton Waco only. All educational sessions and lunch on Tuesday will also take place at the Hilton Waco.

Click HERE for a downloadable 2017 Preservation Texas Summit Preliminary Schedule.

*UPDATE*
Summit attendees can earn up to 12 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details.


Current Preservation Texas Member Registration HERE.

Non-Member Registration HERE.  Save money. Join today!
Not sure about your membership status? E-mail info@PreservationTexas.org.

Click HERE to reserve your room at the Hilton Waco, the official hotel of the 2017 Preservation Texas Summit.

Click HERE to become a SPONSOR!


SCHEDULE OVERVIEW


Rates are for current PT members, non-member rates are higher.


PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

 

INFORMAL PRE-SUMMIT RECEPTION (6:00pm – 8:00pm)
Hosted by Historic Waco Foundation

Welcome to historic Waco, Texas! Join the Preservation Texas board of directors, Historic Waco Foundation, sponsors, organizers and other attendees for an informal pre-Summit reception at East Terrace Museum. Explore the landmark brick Italianate villa constructed between 1874 and 1884 for J.W. Mann, including the ballroom in the Entertainment Wing of the house. Complimentary drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided, with musical accompaniment. You will need to provide your own transportation. On-site parking is provided. Free for all Summit registrants and current Preservation Texas members.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

 

PRE-SUMMIT REGIONAL FIELD SESSIONS (8:00am – 4:00pm)
Depart from the Hilton Waco

FIELD SESSION A (8:00am – 4:00pm)
MIDCENTURY MODERN WACO
Organized by MidTexMod
Sara LudueñaOfficer, MidTexMod; Project Design Assistant, Texas Historical Commission
Elizabeth PorterfieldSenior Architectural Historian, Hicks & Company
Approved for 6.0 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details

In the 1950s and 1960s, post-War development in Waco and the expansion of Lake Waco resulted in a rich legacy of midcentury modern houses, commercial buildings, and religious and other institutional structures such as Temple Rodef Sholom. Explore a range of privately-owned structures and cultural landscapes in the Lockwood, Hillcrest and Lake Shore sections of Waco designed by architects form Waco, Dallas and Houston. Bus departs from Hilton Waco at 8 am and returns by 4 pm. Lunch and snack provided.

FIELD SESSION B (8:00am – 4:00pm)
SACRED PLACES: TOWN AND COUNTRY
Organized by Partners for Sacred Places, Texas Office
Alison HernandezProgram Coordinator, Partners for Sacred Places, Texas Office
Approved for 6.0 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details

Travel through Waco and surrounding McLennan and Falls counties as you visit a diverse array of sacred places. Architecturally-sophisticated urban churches in Waco will contrast with simpler churches built in the “open country” (Perry, Riesel), small towns (Marlin, Rosebud), African-American freedom colonies (Gravel Hill), and even rustic tabernacles (Cedar Springs). Learn about the diverse populations that built these 19th and early 20th century structures as well as their ongoing preservation challenges. End the day at the monumental Church of the Visitation in Westphalia at the heart of one of Texas’s only rural historic districts. Bus departs from the Hilton Waco at 8 am and returns by 4 pm. Lunch and snack provided.

FIELD SESSION C (8:00am – 4:00pm)
ABCs ON THE MERIDIAN HIGHWAY: AUTOMOBILES, BRIDGES, COURTHOUSES
Organized by the Texas Historical Commission
Leslie WolfendenHistoric Resources Survey Coordinator, Texas Historical Commission
Approved for 6.0 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details

Travel the recently surveyed early-20th century Meridian Highway as its links Waco to the regional county seats of Meridian, Glen Rose, Cleburne and Hillsboro. In addition to recently restored historic courthouses, learn about roadside architectural landmarks including the rare 1884 Whipple-truss bridge in Clifton, petrified wood service stations, tourist courts, Civilian Conservation Corps structures and other landmarks along the way. Bus departs from the Hilton Waco at 8 an and returns by 4 pm. Lunch and snack provided.

2017 HONOR AWARDS AND OPENING RECEPTION (6:00pm – 8:30pm)
doors open at 5:30pm
Hosted by the Grand Lodge of Texas

Join us in the magnificent cherry-paneled and gold-leafed auditorium of the Grand Lodge of Texas (1949) as we recognize nineteen recipients of the 2017 Preservation Texas Honor Awards! Honor Awards recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic endangered historic places in Texas. Afterward, enjoy a festive reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres including bacon wrapped dates, petit beef wellington, pork tenderloin sliders, lemon meringue tarts and pecan praline bars. You can tour the Grand Lodge’s fascinating exhibits. Extensive collections of decorative arts and artifacts document the history of freemasonry in Texas from the early 19th century to the present, and even include a lock of Sam Houston’s hair and one of only three death masks of Napoleon in the world.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017

 

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (8:45am – 11:45am)
Three Rivers Ballroom, Hilton Waco

TRACK A – HISTORIC BUILDINGS (8:45am – 11:45am)
OLD BUILDINGS, NEW USES: ADAPTIVE USE STRATEGIES AND CASE STUDIES
Norman AlstonArchitect, Norman Alston Architects
Andrea Barefield – Main Street Manager, City Center Waco
David BucekArchitect, Stern and Bucek Architects
Anna HudsonPreservation Officer, City of Fredericksburg
Charles LynchArchitect, CRLA
Approved for 6.0 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details

How can you bring new life to a vacant building? Texas architects and preservation professionals will share insights and case studies about how to work with local building codes, state and federal tax credits and best practices in successfully adapting historic buildings to new uses for the 21st century.

TRACK B – SURVEY AND POLICY (8:45am – 11:45am)
THINKING OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT: NEW IDEAS IN HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEYS AND DESIGNATIONS
Fiona BondExecutive Director, Creative Waco
Catherine GormanHistoric Preservation Officer, City of Galveston
Claudia GuerraCultural Historian, City of San Antonio
Anna ModHistoric Preservation Specialist, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Kathy Rodriguez, AIADeputy Historic Preservation Officer, City of San Antonio
Approved for 6.0 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details

Is it time to expand our thinking about documenting and protecting the historic resources in our built environment? Learn about successful efforts to protect intangible heritage, cultural landscapes, vernacular architecture, the landmarking of Galveston’s Nicholas Clayton-designed buildings, and the historic designation of gas stations in San Antonio.

TRACK C – HISTORIC LANDSCAPES (8:45am – 11:45am)
RESURRECTING THE PAST: TOPICS IN HISTORIC CEMETERY PRESERVATION
Kelly BairdCollection Manager, Historic Mesquite, Inc.
Candace FountoulakisLocal Preservation Advocate, Plano, Texas
Deborah Franklin‘Doctor Graveyard’, Franklin Graveyard Preservation
Kenneth HafertepeDepartment of Museum Studies Chair, Baylor University
Carlyn HammonsCemetery Preservation Program Specialist, Texas Historical Commission
Kim McKinghtCultural Resource Specialist, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Preserving historic cemeteries requires skill, creativity and funding.  Speakers from communites across Texas will discuss how they have led efforts to preserve and protect the historic landscapes, architecture and monuments in cemeteries statewide.

MOST ENDANGERED PLACES LUNCH (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Join us for lunch as we recognize new additions to our Most Endangered Places List, announce an important new Preservation Texas grant program to support endangered historic sites and structures with the support of the Summerlee Foundation, and present a pilot program in Central Texas that we call “Most Endangered Places 2.0”, supported by the Burdine Johnson Foundation.

CONCURRENT FIELD SESSIONS (1:15pm – 4:30pm)
Depart from the Hilton Waco
(Field sessions correspond to Educational Sessions of the same track.)

TRACK A – HISTORIC BUILDINGS (1:15pm – 4:30pm)
UNRESTORED WACO
Approved for 6.0 AIA learning units. Click HERE for details

Explore historic structures and sites that are being planned for new uses, including a church, a theatre, a garage, a bridge and more!  Participants will be able to walk to a range of sites and discover the potential of preservation in historic downtown Waco. Coffee/refreshments will be provided.

TRACK B – SURVEY AND POLICY (1:15pm – 4:30pm)
HISTORIC DISTRICT SUCCESSES 

Downtown Waco is seeing a surge of investment and historic preservation activity.  Investigate recent, successful adaptive use projects in downtown Waco, including the emerging Silo District that is drawing tens of thousands of visitors each week. Coffee/refreshments will be provided.

TRACK C – HISTORIC LANDSCAPES (1:15pm – 4:30pm)
HISTORIC WACO CEMETERIES
Kenneth HafertepeDepartment of Museum Studies Chair, Baylor University
Clint LynchGeneral Manager, Oakwood Cemetery

We will visit historic First Street Cemetery (1852) and Hebrew Rest Cemetery (1869) in company with Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chairman of the Museum Studies department at Baylor University, followed by a tour of Oakwood Cemetery (1878) with its general manager and historian Clint Lynch. Learn about challenges and successes in preserving these significant cultural landscapes. Coffee/refreshments will be provided.

SPECIAL CLOSING EVENT AND RECEPTION
REEL PRESERVATION TEXAS 2017: SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS AT THE WACO HIPPODROME (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
doors open at 6:00pm
Mark BirnbaumProducer, Mark Birnbaum Productions
Brantley HightowerArchitect, HiWorks
Kay MooreLocal Preservation Advocate, Garland, Texas

Join us at the newly rehabilitated historic Waco Hippodrome Theatre for a screening of recent Texas historic preservation documentaries.  Hear from the filmmakers as they discuss their work and its impact on historic preservation. 2016 Preservation Texas Media Award-winner Mark Birnbaum will introduce Restore, a short film that examines three North Texas restoration projects: The Old Dallas Municipal Building, which will become the UNT Law School; the Sharrock/Niblo Log Cabin, thought to be the oldest standing structure in Dallas County; and Lady Justice, an 11- foot tall copper statue being restored after a long absence to her rightful place atop the Navarro County Courthouse. Kay Moore will present her Saving Magic 11th Street, which follows the plight of a two-block neighborhood in Garland, Texas as its residents begin an inspirational battle to reclaim their community including the relocation of a 110-year old local landmark. Finally, architect Brantley Hightower will share a compelling two-part short film produced by the Texas Society of Architects, Restoring Texas’s Historic Courthouses, that builds a compelling case for the preservation of this very important part of Texas’s architectural legacy.

Event Location: Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Avenue, Waco.  Doors open at 6:00pm; screening begins at 7:00 pm. This event is included in the full PT Summit Registration. Tickets can be purchased separately for $20/$30 member/non-member rate. One complimentary drink ticket is included with your registration.  (A full food and beverage menu is available to order from during the screening.)


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017

 

POST-SUMMIT WORKSHOPS AT BASSETT FARMS CONSERVANCY (9:00am – 2:00pm)
Nicholas BogosianPreservation Carpenter, Old Window Revival
Anthony CrosbyPreservation Architect, Architectural Conservation, LLC
Frances GaleArchitectural Conservator and Senior Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin 
Jacob MorrisHistoric Preservation Officer, City of Palestine

Visit Preservation Texas’s historic Bassett Farms in its unrestored condition, where we will offer workshops on the benefits of repairing old windows, how to diagnose the physical ailments of a historic building, and discussion of the development of a preservation trades-based program. The University of Texas’s Fran Gale, PT Board Member Tony Crosby, window restoration expert Nicholas Bogosian of Old Window Revival and City of Palestine Historic Preservation Officer Dr. Jacob Morris will lead preservation workshops on diagnosing and addressing preservation issues, with a focus on masonry and old windows.

Located 45 minutes southeast of Waco, the 2,400-acre farm and ranch, established in 1871, was a generous bequest to Preservation Texas in 2012 by Mrs. Willie Ford Bassett Sparkman. Open to current PT members only. You will need to provide your own transportation. On-site parking available. Lunch provided.

Plans are evolving for the creation of what would be the largest preservation retreat in the United States, where we envision restored historic structures hosting hands-on preservation training workshops and residential-based programs for students, scholars, writers, conservationists, community volunteers and even “preservationists-in-residence. Restored natural landscapes will be accessible through miles of trails connecting 19 ponds, former farmsteads and even a historic African-American cemetery at the heart of a lost freedom colony, Hopewell.


SUMMIT REGISTRATION

Current Preservation Texas Member Registration HERE.

Non-Member Registration HERE.  Save money. Join today!

Not sure about your membership status, e-mail info@PreservationTexas.org.


HOTEL REGISTRATION

Summit attendees are invited to stay at the newly remodeled Hilton Waco, the official 2017 Preservation Texas Summit hotel. Regional tour buses and evening shuttles will depart to and from the Hilton Waco only. All educational sessions and lunch on Tuesday will also take place at the Hilton Waco.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM.

Hilton Waco
113 South University Drive
Waco, Texas 76701-2241


SUMMIT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation with a full refund is available before Friday, February 10. Cancellation with a 50% refund is available from February 10 to February 20. No refunds after February 20.