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2007 Conference Education Sessions

Several great professionals shared preservation information at our Conference Education Sessions.

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Masonry Matters - The Top 10 Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Learn about the top 10 most deadly mistakes well-intended people make with respect to historic masonry buildings, and how to avoid making these costly mistakes yourself.
Presenter: John Lambert, Abstract Masonry Restoration

Utah Architect: Frederick Albert Hale

Frederick Albert Hale was one of Utah's most famous turn of the 20th century architects. Hale's work includes the Alta Club and the Keith Mansion. This presentation will explore his noted designs and place him in the context of professionally trained Utah Architects in Utah.
Presenter: Peter Goss, College of Architecture + Planning

Main Street Approach: Economic Restructuring

The Main Street Four-Point Approach, established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a comprehensive strategy that is tailored to meet local needs and opportunities for commercial districts in four distinct areas -Economic Restructuring, Design, Promotion, and Organization. This session will focus on the approach of creating and maintaining an environment for business growth in Main Street communities.
Presenter: Suzie Becker, Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham

Advocacy 101 for Preservation

Ever wonder where to start when you want to get a preservation project going? To be a more effective historic preservation advocate you need to start with the right tools. These general advocacy and lobbying guidelines will serve as your basic stepping stones to greater involvement. Historic preservation laws and procedures act as an overlay with these guidelines and will show how the public's involvement makes a big difference in successful preservation efforts.
Presenters: Fraser Nelson; Barbara Murphy, Utah Division of State History, State Historic Preservation Office

Using Tax Credits in Rehabilitation Projects: Best Practices

Tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties have stimulated millions of dollars of private re-investment in every community statewide. These state and federal incentive programs for historic preservation have resulted in saving and promoting the great architecture of Utah as well as providing unique commercial and residential space. The process of qualifying for rehabilitation tax credits is something everyone should know about and is best practiced in early partnership with the Division of State History to be successful.
Presenters: Nelson Knight, Utah Division of State History, State Historic Preservation Office; John Williams, Gastronomy, Inc.; Ben Logue, LaPorte Construction

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Landscaping Your Historic House

So you have finished rehabbing your historic house...now what do you do with the landscape? This session will not only be a primer on landscaping periods and styles beginning with the Pioneer Period in the mid-1800s, but will also offer tips on how to complete your landscape project.
Presenter: Shalae Larsen, Urban Form LLC

Architecture and Refinement in Early Salt Lake City

In the years before 1867 artfulness was found in Utah's Mormon architecture. The point is that architectural "gentility," visible in articulate expressions of both Neoclassical and Picturesque styles, was highly valued in Pioneer-era Salt Lake City as a sign of Mormon cultural sophistication and legitimacy.
Presenter: Thomas Carter, College of Architecture and Planning

Public Benefit from Public Law

Utah has benefited from significant public involvement in projects sponsored by State and Federal agencies. Laws that require public involvement in the process are often to thank for these benefits. If you have ever struggled for ideas about what kinds of projects could be done to benefit your community, great examples such as site interpretation, the Kern River project, and Passport in Time can serve as models.
Presenters: Lori Hunsaker, State of Utah, Public Lands Policy Coordination Office; Shelley Smith, Division of Natural Resources, Utah Bureau of Land Management; Heather K. Stettler, SWCA Environmental Consultants; Charmaine Thompson, Uinta National Forest

Small is the New Big: Living in Bungalows and Small Houses

You may believe in the Mies van der Rohe exclamation that "Less is More," but when it's put to practice in historic houses and neighborhoods, there are challenges that can have interesting solutions. Proponents of the sustainability, livability, and simplicity of smaller houses believe the trend is now moving away from monster houses and toward a simpler lifestyle. Living the lifestyle where a small house is the new big house is easier than ever with these ideas and examples.
Presenters: Emily Ramsey, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association; Angela Dean,AMD Architecture

What Every Property Owner, Seller, and Buyer Should Know

What does it mean for a property owner if a property is in a locally-designated historic district or listed on the National Register? What does historic mean? What should I know when I am buying or selling an old house? This session will explain the myths and the facts about what it means if your house is historic, and will highlight some of the benefits historic homes can offer.
Presenters: Joan Taylor, RE/MAX Associates; Michael Broadbent, Frandsen Appraisal; Cory Jensen, Utah Division of State History, State Historic Preservation Office; and Janice Lew, Salt Lake City Division of Planning
Officers Club - East Room

Main Street Design: Preserve Utah!

Restoring the streetscape of your historic Main Street is an important component to a vibrant downtown. This session will highlight both residential and commercial preservation opportunities in rural Utah with an emphasis on rural main streets using completed and potential projects as examples.
Presenter: Kim A. Hyatt, Kim A. Hyatt Architect
Guest House - Room B

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Painting Your Historic House

At some point, every old house needs a good exterior paint job. Learn how to select an appropriate historic color scheme, identify and remedy causes of paint failure, and find out what elements are part of getting a quality paint job.
Presenter: Don Hartley, Utah Division of State History, State Historic Preservation Office

Branding Main Street

What are the key elements to consider when promoting your Main Street? Who are the key players? This session will discuss strategies and other important aspects to consider to effectively market Main Street and your local commercial district.
Presenter: Kinde Nebeker, Kinde Nebeker Design
Guest House - Room B

Protecting the Archaeology of Nine Mile and Range Creek Canyons

Two of Utah's best known historic sites have recently been highlighted for their vast array of cultural and archaeological resources as well as the threats to those resources. Take a look into the physical history of past eras in these two sites as well as the process to document and preserve enormous land areas for education, visitation, and the better analysis of future uses and their impacts.
Presenters: Kevin Jones, Utah Division of State History, Antiquities Section; Jerry Spangler, Colorado Plateau Archaeology Association

Traditional Neighborhood Planning: Old Towns and New Towns

Over the last decade, there has been burgeoning interest in preservation and renewal of historic suburban neighborhoods throughout the county. Efforts toward historic neighborhood preservation in Utah have resulted in new legislation and considerable stabilization and increase in property values. At the same time, growing trends in new neighborhood planning are favoring patterns of development that closely resemble some of our treasured historic neighborhoods. The ideas of development patterns, preservation efforts and new town planning illustrate the sense of community that traditional neighborhoods offer.
Presenters: Soren Simonsen, Cooper Roberts Simonsen Architects; Fred Aegerter, Springville City; Kirk Huffaker, Utah Heritage Foundation; Stephen James, Kennecott Land

Curbing the Monster House Invasion

There are two immediate ways to start curbing monster house construction in your neighborhood or town: pass new zoning regulations and design compatibly. Salt Lake City and its historic neighborhoods have led the state's response to incompatible infill design with new zoning ordinances that provide greater review of new construction in historic neighborhoods. Implementing an appropriate house addition is also a good solution many people use to create a larger living space that is compatible with their neighborhoods. This session illustrates great examples to show why expanding a historic house may be the best solution.
Presenters: Shane Carlson, Greater Avenues Community Council Housing Compatibility Committee; Arrin A. Holt, Cooper Roberts Simonsen Architects

Your Historic House made "Greener"

Historic preservation is a ‘green building' practice by virtue of conserving and reusing existing building materials. The national trend of green building calls for greater sustainability in our housing stock, but there are ways that historic buildings and the myriad of new ‘green' products can beneficially work together without jeopardizing historic character. In addition, there are important strategies to conserve natural resources daily in every type of home.
Presenters: Warren Lloyd, Lloyd Architects; Ashley Patterson, Green Building Center of Utah; Rocky Mountain Power; Questar Gas

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Kitchens and Bathrooms in Your Historic House

The kitchens and bathrooms in many historic homes have been "modernized" over the years. Learn tips on how you can refurbish the historic charm of these hard-working rooms.
Presenter: Alysa Revell, Interior Designer

Main Street: How USU Extension is helping Communities Plan

Managing and sustaining the process of building a vibrant downtown is one focus area of the Main Street Four-Point Approach. The USU Extension through the Rural Intermountain Planning Program (RIPP) brings to rural communities around the state programs and services that include general community planning; downtown revitalization; parks, recreation, and open space planning and design; and landscape architecture projects. The "Western Edge" program that helps communities be more supportive of entrepreneurs will also be discussed.
Presenter: David Bell, Utah State University; Steve Daniels, Utah State University
Guest House - Room B

 

Documenting Utah's Cultural Landscapes

The Orson Adams homestead is one of the most culturally rich sites still remaining in southern Utah. The St. George Field Office of the BLM identified this site as one of its top priorities for cultural preservation. Drawing on a wide range of partners, from the Utah Chapter of ASLA to local legislators and community activists, a master plan for future preservation and appreciation was developed. The homestead was then professionally documented and recorded according to Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) standards and is currently undergoing restoration and improvements for visitor services. Learn about techniques for recording, restoration, and community involvement in protecting and enhancing your cultural gems.
Presenter: Sharen Hauri, MGB+A
Guest House - Room D

Combining Green Design and Rehab: Case Studies in Meeting Two Standards

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation has been the guideline for historic preservation nationally for several decades. Within the last five years, the rise in use of sustainability guidelines such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards have created unique and cutting-edge results when combined with the Secretary's Standards. Find out what LEED Standards are and the pros and cons of using the two standards together.
Presenters: David Brems, Gillies Stransky Brems Smith Architects

The Past and Future of Historic Downtown Salt Lake City

Today, there are more major building projects downtown than at any other time in Salt Lake City's history. The unique historic character of downtown has been through 40 years of planning processes and is recognized for being one of the most valuable historic areas of the state. With ideas and developers competing for space in limited and growing downtown, how important is each building or each space? The planning history of downtown, including the recently completed Downtown Rising process, have created a series of important planning steps to refer to as new projects move ahead and we look for ways to mitigate future construction.
Presenters: Jim Christopher, Brixen + Christopher; Natalie Gochnour, Salt Lake Chamber; Stephen Goldsmith