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  • Form Follows Faith: The Influence of Belief on the Architecture and Crafts of American Communal Societies

    Amana | Dates: 09 – 11 Oct, 2014

    The 2014 Conference of the Communal Studies Association will be held at Amana, Iowa, site of the Amana Society, one of the longest lived and successful American communal societies. In 2014 the Community of True Inspiration, now known as the Amana Church Society, will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its founding in Himbach, Germany, November 16, 1714.

    The conference theme is Form Follows Faith: The Influence of Belief on the Architecture and Crafts of American Communal Societies. Conference papers that explore the ways in which religious and social beliefs informed the distinctive community and social organization, architecture, crafts and other products of communal societies are encouraged. Belief can be interpreted as religious or social beliefs and ideals.

    The Communal Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization for people living in intentional communities, historic site personnel and academics representing topics including history, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, political science, and others. Each year, the CSA’s annual conference is held at the site of an historic intentional community.

  • 2014 Preserving the Historic Road Conference

    Savannah | Dates: 26 – 28 Sep, 2014
    Savannah, Georgia, "The Hostess City of the South," provides a beautiful backdrop to our next conference, Savannah 26 – 28, 2014. Upon founding Savannah in 1733 General James Oglethorpe organized the now famous squares as military parade grounds among the residences, businesses and churches of the capital city of the 13th Colony. Beyond Savannah, American Indian roads transformed into colonial trade routes, such as the King’s Road, and were later used during the Revolutionary and Civil wars. These same roads evolved into the highways of the modern era, providing the lifeline between growing industries and the bustling Port of Savannah. These same roads further enticed travelers to southern vacationlands via the Dixie Highway and the Atlantic Coastal Highway (US 17). So journey on down with your fellow road enthusiasts and enjoy some fine southern hospitality! 

    The 2014 Preserving the Historic Road Conference, partnered with the National Scenic Byways Foundation, will provide a diverse and comprehensive conference program, which will include enlightening educational sessions, and informative mobile workshops to unique sites (featuring some great shrimp, grits and barbeque). The combination of these events will let you experience southern road culture, history and local issues that tie in to the national, and global, perspective of historic road identification and protection. 

    We hope this year’s conference transports you through history through the stories that roads create, whether they surround city squares or traverse as national highways. Historic roads are connections through time and place. We thank you for traveling to Savannah to participate in lively discussions, share your insights and experiences. Our goal is to ensure you have a memorable experience, filled with southern hospitality. Take home new ideas and strategies to help in your continuing efforts to tell your stories and preserve historic roads in your states and communities. 

    Don’t miss Preserving the Historic Road 2014!

  • 2014 Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference

    Council Bluffs | Dates: 24 – 26 Sep, 2014
    The 2014 League Annual Conference & Exhibit, September 24-26 in Council Bluffs, includes a wide variety of workshops that promise quality training and education for all attendees. After joining the Wednesday afternoon workshops and visiting the exhibit hall that evening, attendees will have numerous learning opportunities the next two days.

    The Thursday slate includes four sessions that each feature several great workshops. The two morning sessions (9-10 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m.) has workshops on topics such as economic development, improving water quality, nuisance abatement, sustainability and wellness programs.
    Following lunch, there are two more sessions (2:15-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.) that offer workshops on a variety of topics, including online city services, financial oversight, open meetings and open records, and public involvement in city projects.

    Wrapping up on Friday morning (8-9 a.m.), another strong menu of topics will be offered, including insurance best practices, the challenges of growth with aging infrastructure and service sharing.
    With so many different educational offerings some attendees could feel overwhelmed. One tip is to plan ahead by reviewing the full conference schedule. Also, cities sending multiple attendees can cover more ground by joining different workshops.
  • Preserve Iowa Summit

    Cedar Rapids | Dates: 21 – 23 Aug, 2014

    The Preserve Iowa Summit is the only statewide annual event for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation and historic commercial district revitalization in Iowa!

    Network with people who recognize the importance of downtown revitalization and historic preservation at a pre-summit gathering, then learn how historic preservation can give you the tools to discover, retain, and enhance your community’s sense of place with general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions, tour options and additional networking opportunities that will be held throughout the day Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    To learn more about the Summit or to print out the agenda prior to registering online on this site, please visitiowaeconomicdevelopment.com/preserveiowa.

  • “Speculative Practice and Education” Lecture

    Boston | Dates: 23 Jun, 2014

    Wentworth architecture students have organized a talk centered on the topic of "Speculative Practice and Education" to take place Monday, June 23. Blount Auditorium will host the event at 5:00 p.m.

    Francesco Stumpo, ’14, Lauren Andrus, ’16, and Anthony Polidoro, ’15, had the chance to co-op in Berlin and Barcelona this past spring semester, and were encouraged to talk about their experiences and what they learned while abroad.

    The lecture will open up with a brief video introduction to the emerging concept of speculative practice. The students talk about speculation in architecture, departing from the principle that it can be defined as "the deliberate formulation of new ideas based on existing knowledge and intelligent projection.”  

    The talk will conclude with a presentation covering work done by students and professionals within the field of speculative practice. The lecture is expected to be 30 minutes, with time for questions and discussions about the themes presented to follow.

    More information about the event can be found here.

  • Continuing Education Panel: Terra Cotta New York

    New York | Dates: 24 Jun, 2014

    Architectural terra cotta is one of the most prevalent ornamental features in urban environments, and New York City is filled with remarkable examples. The skyline here is rich in terra cotta figures and intricate decorative  detail. This program will present a thorough consideration of varied aspects of this material.

    Topics to be covered will include an in-depth discussion of the use of terra cotta in historic and modern buildings; the manufacturing of terra cotta for restoration and for new construction and case studies of the restoration and maintenance of these historic buildings. The program will feature four speakers, each an expert in this field.

    Speakers are:
    Susan Tunick- President, Friends of Terra Cotta and author of Terra-Cotta Skyline.

    John Krouse- President, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
    Dan Allen- Principal, CTA Architects
    Harry Kendall- Principal, BKSK Architects

    Tuesday June 24, 2014
    8:30 am-Check in
    9:00- 1:00-Program
    at the
    Neighborhood Preservation Center
    232 East 11 Street
    New York, NY 10003
    Friends of HDC-$100  
    Includes continental breakfast

    3.5 AIA Approved LU/HSW Credits/ 3.5 NY State Licensing Credits

    For more information or to RSVP please contact Brigid Harmon at 212-614-9107 or bharmon@hdc.org.

  • CFP: The 2014 International Conference on Cultural Heritage (Nov. 3-8, 2014)

    Lemessos | Dates: 30 Jun, 2014
    The International Conference on Cultural Heritage is taking place this November 3-8, 2014 in Lemessos, Cyprus. A call for papers is open to professionals who wish to submit their current work and practices concerning cultural heritage under two categories: 1. Protection, Restoration, and Preservation of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage 2. Digital Cultural Heritage. The deadline for submissions is June 30th.
  • Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks

    Tarrytown | Dates: 17 Aug, 2014

    Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks. A lecture by Charles Mitchell.

    Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, promotional materials, explorers' accounts, the scholar's own explorations and other sources, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more. The presentation can be tailored to focus on a specific American landscape, including Central Park, Niagara Falls, the Catskills, or Hudson Valley, or one of the major National Parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Everglades, Acadia, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Olympic). Among the questions addressed: How did this place come to be "discovered," created, or identified? What were the forces behind this? How has the public been encouraged to visit or preserve the place; how has the experience of that visit been shaped? How has the landscape been used by Native Americans, settlers, early tourists, contemporary visitors? What are the management, ecological, and other issues that it currently faces?

    Funded grant program of the New York Humanities Council.  The New York Humanities Council distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.

    Time: 2:00 pm

  • New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

    Franconia | Dates: 09 Aug, 2014

    New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality.  Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process.

    Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.

    Funded grant program of the New Hampshire Humanities Council.   The New Hampshire Humanities Council distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.

    Time: 7:00 pm

  • Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

    Stone Ridge | Dates: 23 Jul, 2014

    On February 1st, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. On February 1st, 2013, the beautifully restored Terminal - rescued from destruction by a seminal 1978 Supreme Court decision - celebrates its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and a new book: Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark.

    The Terminal's creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design.

    This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins, author of the new book, brings the Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

    New York Council for the Humanities funded program.  New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C.

    Time: 7:00 pm

  • Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

    Quogue | Dates: 29 Jun, 2014

    Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel.  A lecture by John B. Manbeck.

    With Brooklyn almost surrounded by water, escape to Manhattan became an early priority. While settlers dreamed of bridges, such as the fantasy Rainbow Bridge, ferries proved more practical. Until John Roebling, an engineer, appeared. After years of practice on aqueducts and bridges - Cincinnati and Niagara - he planned a perfect bridge to cross the East River. When death took him, his son, Washington, assumed the responsibility, assisted by his wife after he became injured. In 1883, a stone and steel work of art opened to the public, allowing rapid transportation between Brooklyn and New York. While New York alters itself daily, the Brooklyn Bridge has stood against time, a fitting memorial to the Roebling family.

    This presentation will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural hindrances to create a work of art, "The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World." What problems did the Roeblings face and why did the construction take over 10 years longer than anticipated? What does a "hand-made bridge" offer contemporary New Yorkers? The talk will be illustrated with a Power Point presentation taken from archival and contemporary sources.

    A grant program of the New York Humanities Council.  Through this program, the Council distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.

    Time: 2:00 pm

  • Art Deco New York: From the Chrysler Building to the Grand Concourse

    Quogue | Dates: 14 Sep, 2014

    Art Deco today can refer to anything from saltcellars to skyscrapers, produced anywhere in the world during the early decades of the last century, using abstract, stylized floral, geometric, or streamlined design. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city's chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest during the 1970s, New York's Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant-yet-modern past that still helps to define the city's visual identity.

    This lecture covers the great skyscrapers of architects Raymond Hood, William Van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Ralph Walker, including the Daily News, Empire State, Irving Trust, General Electric, American Radiator, Barclay-Vesey and RCA Buildings. It then traces the adaptation of this "skyscraper style" through apartment buildings on the Bronx's Grand Concourse, airport terminals at LaGuardia, the Central Park West residential skyline, automated midtown parking garages, diners, hotels, department stores, banks and theaters like Radio City Music Hall.

    Funded project of the New York Humanities Council.  The New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations

    Time: 3:00 pm

  • Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson

    Washington Crossing | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014

    Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson.  Commonwealth Speakers Program.
    Time: 11:30 am

    The gardens of three eminent American historical figures William Penn, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the focus of this highly visual presentation. The element that binds them together is the Quaker gardening tradition. This tradition can be traced from Penn through the founders of Germantown PA, especially Francis Daniel Pastorius. This links in turn to John and William Bartram who influenced the gardens of Washington and Jefferson. Questions and participation from the audience are encouraged.

    Sponsoring Organization:  David Library of the American Revolution, Inc.

    Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    For more information regarding this event:
    Contact: Meg McSweeneyPhone: (215) 493-6776 x106

  • Urban Pilgrimage

    Berkeley | Dates: 21 Jun – 01 Sep, 2014
    A special publication as part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative at UC Berkeley. It will be produced and published by Room One Thousand, the journal of the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture. Submitted pieces will be considered through a double blind peer review process, and made publicly available online at roomonethousand.com, as well as being archived and distributed through eScholarship and a special print edition.
  • Nantucket Preservation Trust Summer Lecture & Luncheon

    ‘Sconset | Dates: 25 Jul, 2014

    he NPT annual meeting’s speaker has slowly evolved into a larger event: The Summer Lecture & Luncheon. The 2014 lecture:Narratives of Manner and Style: The Houses of Cross & Cross will feature architect Peter Pennoyer & architectural historian Ann Walker. Join them in a lecture discussing the contents of their new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross. The lecture will be held at Nantucket’s ‘Sconset Chapel with a lunch to follow at the historic, Chanticleer Restaurant. The lecture will begin promptly at 11:00 AM.

    Tickets can be purchased online HERE or please call 508-228-1387.

    Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker, authors of the new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross, for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but largely forgotten architects. Brothers John and EliotCross counted the country’s richest and most influential figures among their clients, yet they tended to gravitate toward an unpretentious luxury—a polite and historically embedded expression of their wealth. They designed several magnificent Colonial Revivalhouses in New York as well as country houses in fashionable areas such as Long Island’s North Shore and East End, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Far Hills, New Jersey. Most notably, they designed J. Watson and Electra Havemeyer Webb’s Brick House in Shelburne, VT (now part of the Shelburne Museum), Chestertown House in Southampton for H. F. du Pont (founder of the Winterthur Museum) and the childhood home of famed decorator Sister Parish in Far Hills, NJ. Pennoyer and Walker will share gorgeous photos of these homes and insight into the people who lived there and the influences the Cross brothers’ used while designing each property.

  • Nantucket Preservation Trust 2014 Preservation Awards

    Nantucket | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014

    The Nantucket Preservation Trust’s 2014 Preservation Awards program, now in its eighth year, recognizes individuals and organizations for historic preservation related projects, stewardship of island landmarks, sensitive landscape design associated with historic buildings, the promotion of traditional building methods and historical renovations that recognize projects that add to historic buildings in a  sensitive fashion. By recognizing preservation projects and the work of individuals, property owners, design and construction professionals and organizations, the NPT hopes to encourage proper preservation work and broaden outreach to the community.

    Each year the NPT holds a call for nominations and accepts applications until March. Nominees are reviewed by The Preservation Award committee and then given to the NPT board for final decisions. Award recipients are notified in April and announced during Preservation Month in late May.

    The award recipients will be annually honored at the private Preservation Awards Ceremony, which will be held on June 26th at The Nantucket Yacht Club.

  • Woodland Heights Architecture Walk

    Houston | Dates: 13 Jul, 2014

    Please note that the Architecture Walks Program will observe a summer schedule with ticket sales beginning at 5:30 p.m. from June through September.

    The William A. Wilson Realty Co. began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 on 136 acres of land that was once part of John Austin's Mexican land grant. The neighborhood was one of Houston's first "streetcar suburbs" — a streetcar line ran from downtown along Houston Avenue to just outside the Woodland Heights gates, enabling working-class Houstonians to live in a lovely wooded setting and easily commute to their jobs.

    Our tour covers several early 20th century architectural styles found in the neighborhood, including the foursquare, cottage and bungalow, and highlights the live oak trees Wilson planted in 1907, which have matured into lush canopies over Woodland Heights' streets.

    Please note this is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any of the buildings. There are no restrooms along the tour route.

    Tickets are $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston/Pier & Beam members and students). Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, in front of Travis Elementary School at 3311 Beauchamp Street. The last tour group will leave just after 6 p.m. Reservations are not required.

    Street parking is free in Woodland Heights, but remember to observe posted parking regulations.

    If inclement weather threatens on the day of the tour, watch this page for up-to-the-minute updates of any tour changes. You can also follow Preservation Houston on Twitter to receive tour updates.

    Photo: 3301 Morrison Street (photo by Jim Parsons)

    About Architecture Walks

    Explore Houston's architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods, buildings and institutions with Preservation Houston's monthly docent-guided walking tours. The tours are generally offered on the second Sunday of the month from January to November; tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. (6 p.m. June through September). Tours are open to the public. The cost is $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students), with a $2 discount if you walk, bike or ride public transportation to the tour. Reservations aren't required unless specifically noted.

    We also offer quarterly walking tours of Glenwood Cemetery (reservations are required; see our schedule of upcoming tours) as well as private tours for groups of nearly any size.

    The Architecture Walks Program is supported in part by the Susan Vaughan Foundation and by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

  • Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting

    Dallas | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014
    June 26 @ 6:00 PM  - 7:30 PM

    The Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting will be held in the 2014 Preservation Achievement Award winning mid-century modern Dallas Municipal Building Annex on Main Street.  The meeting will be held in the historic Dallas City Council chambers, which is now the Jury Assembly Room, on the second floor. Please access the building using the Main Street entrance. Metered street parking is available around the building. Reservations are required for this complimentary members only event, and beverages will be provided.  Please call 214-821-3290 or email reservations@preservationdallas.org.

  • Behind Closed Doors Tour at Castle Tucker

    Wiscasset | Dates: 25 Jul, 2014
    Friday, July 25, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

    $10 for Historic New England members, $15 for nonmembers

    Come and peek into the nooks and crannies of Castle Tucker on a special Behind Closed Doors Tour. Led by Site Manager Peggy Konitzky, this in-depth tour includes rooms and stories not included on the general tour. See additional bedrooms and unique connecting spaces on three floors of this thirty-room mansion. 

    Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now
  • Evening at Gropius

    Lincoln | Dates: 18 Jul, 2014
    Friday, July 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass. 

    $25 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers

    Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. His 1938 home showcases the clean, contemporary lines of Modern design. During this evening slide show and house tour, see how Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at night. Light refreshments provided. 

    Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information.Purchase tickets now