Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

September 22nd is DC Historic Preservation Community Day

Without much notice, DC Preservation League has called attention to a new event it is sponsoring called, "Historic Preservation Community Day." Ironically, just had a water problem in the basement and one of the items that was destroyed was the agenda/handout from a Preservation Expo that I went to in Philadelphia about 7 years ago. I've been advocating for years that the preservation community do such an event in DC.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society has done an expo for the last couple years. I went last year but was disappointed. (One reason is that they had a band playing in the same hall where the exhibits were and the band was too f*ing loud. You couldn't talk to the exhibitors without having to scream. As Suzanne points out, groups have music at events when they aren't confident enough in believing that what they offer on view doesn't need to be augmented by music or something else other than the content at hand.)

We'll see how this one works out. (The space is pretty small, that's a knock...)

Of course, it'd be most logical to do something like this during National Historic Preservation Month in May...

From email:
September 22nd is Historic Preservation Community Day

Morning lectures include architectural history of DC, history of the preservation movement, city regulations for historic districts and historic landmarks with information on the homeowner grant program.

Afternoon technical discussions include how to research your house history and historic window rehabilitation, maintenance and replacement.

Afternoon preservation stations will feature vendor consultations and local and neighborhood preservation organizations. Sample stations include: restoring historic windows, repointing, roof repair, and more!

ASL and Spanish Language Interpretation Provided!

Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm

All Souls Church
1500 Harvard Street NW
Washington, DC
(Columbia Heights)

Free and Open to the Public!

Registration is not required, but encouraged to assist us with planning for the day!

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