SLATERPAULL Attends the Colorado Preservation Inc. Saving Places Conference

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Jessica R. Reske, AIA, LEED AP
Architect / Historic Preservation Specialist


Last Thursday and Friday the Historic Preservation Studio attended Colorado Preservation Inc.’s annual Saving Places Conference.  On Thursday afternoon, Gary and Jessica, together with Larissa O’Neil of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Ron Anthony of Anthony and Associates, Astrid Liverman of the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and Jane Lanter of bluegreen Aspen, presented a session on the Interpretation and Preservation of the Reiling Dredge.  We provided an overview of mining history in the Breckenridge area, addressed strategies for stabilizing the Dredge to prevent further deterioration, discussed site interpretation strategies, and looked at the future of the Dredge, including a potential National Register Nomination.  The session was well-attended with great questions and comments at the end of the session. 

On Thursday evening, SLATERPAULL had a booth at the Preservation Marketplace.  We had the opportunity to meet many preservation-minded individuals, as well as visit with many clients, consultants, and friends.

Another highlight of the conference included the Endangered Places Announcement Luncheon on Thursday.  At this lunch, the 2014 list of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places was announced.  Among them is the Montoya Ranch, where we are currently working on a design for the building’s immediate stabilization needs. 

Everyone in the studio enjoyed attending a variety of educational sessions including:

Understanding and Selecting Historic Mortars, led by Atkinson-Noland and Associates – this session gave a great overview of the importance of using appropriate mortar when repointing a historic building, as well as a great summary of various mortar analysis techniques.

More Than a Can of Paint: An Exploration of Historic Building Coatings, led by Kim Dugan of Anthony and Associates and Natalie Feinberg-Lopez of Built Environment Evolution – this session provided a history of interior and exterior wood finishes.  In addition, pros and cons of various finishes were presented.  The importance of the condition of the wood substrate was also emphasized, with a variety of project examples to illustrate the effects of a variety of substrate and coating conditions.

Implementing Preservation Standards at the Amache Internment Camp, led by Michelle Chichester of Colorado Preservation Inc., Anne McCleave of History Colorado, Byron McGough of Wattle and Daub, and Barbara Darden of Shueber + Darden Architects – this session presented an overview of the work occurring at the Amache Internment Camp in Granada, Colorado.  Of particular interest was how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were applied to the project.  The project provided the unique opportunity to use the Restoration and Reconstruction Standards, which are used much less frequently than the Rehabilitation and Preservation Standards. 

The Evolution of the Preservation Movement & How to Engage Young Professionals, led by Bernice Radle and Jason Wilson of Buffalove Development – representatives from Buffalo’s Young Preservationists presented strategies for engagement of young professionals in community preservation activities and efforts.

Beyond Eames + Eichler: Evaluating Everyday Midcentury Architecture, led by Patrick Eidman of History Colorado, Abbey Christman of the University of Colorado – Denver, and Elizabeth Blackwell of History Colorado – Midcentury architecture is not always considered historically significant, however, as this architectural period ages, it’s significance is increasing.  The session discussed residential architecture and how houses from the early 1900s were modified in the 1940s-1960s to include typical Midcentury details.  In addition, an interesting presentation of main street storefronts was made, which included the question of whether it’s most appropriate to restore a modified storefront to its original appearance or to its Midcentury appearance, particularly when the building has been significantly altered behind its Midcentury ‘skin.’

We thoroughly enjoyed attending the conference and we look forward to seeing everyone at the 2015 Saving Places Conference next February!