For those interested in preserving historic sites and structures, the field can be a confusing place with advanced concepts, ambiguous legal terminology, and daunting acronyms.
Is it appropriate to use terms such as preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction interchangeably?
What do common terms such as certified/certification, historic period, contributing resource, character-defining feature, and National Register of Historic Places versus National Historic Landmark really mean?
Who are the people behind the letters: NPS, ACHP, SHPO, IRS, and ARBs?
Preservation Greensboro has partnered with the National Preservation Institute to help answer these questions through a carefully tailored workshop entitled Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations. The workshop will be held at the Blandwood Carriage House in downtown Greensboro May 20-21.
The Secretary of Interior’s Standards are a broad guideline applied to preservation initiatives, but they are also used as a litmus test to measure the correctness of conservation practice. What should a new addition look like? Which architectural features should be reconstructed? Should historic windows be replaced? These are all decisions that can be guided by applying the principals set forth in the Standards.
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties also form the basis for the historic property accreditation process on which federal and state tax benefits are granted. This two-day workshop will explore the standards in detail with particular attention to character-defining features, preservation of historic fabric, and use of replacement materials. Participants will review the procedures for application for federal tax credit certification.
This workshop is to the benefit of preservation architects, general contractors, and trades people who must understand the application of the Standards in which their projects will be evaluated. Similarly, homeowners, preservation commission staff, and commissioners benefit from better understanding the Standards as they are applied to complex projects.
The workshop will be directed by John Cullinane, the principal of John Cullinane Associates, a full-service architectural firm that specializes in historic preservation based in Millersville, Maryland. From 1976, Cullinane served for 16 years as senior architect for the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation where his responsibilities included planning and design consultations with federal agencies, cities, state governments, and private developers on federally assisted projects affecting significant properties. He also serves on the National Committee on Historic Resources in the American Institute of Architects.
Due to the applicability of this workshop to the efforts of architects, American Institute of Architect members will receive six learning units each day for all of the National Preservation Institute’s designated seminars that meet the criteria for programs in the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System.
Registration for the two day seminar is $375 for the six-week advanced registration; $425 for the regular registration thereafter. Registration is made through the NPI website and all questions related to the content of the class and AIA/CES credits may be answered through the Institute.
Preservation Greensboro is pleased to offer this educational opportunity to the community. We hope for a high number of local attendees – who may apply their knowledge to saving more of Greensboro’s historic and architectural treasures!