CT State Historic Preservation Conference - May 17 -2019

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, May 17, 2019
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

New Haven, CT, United States

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The conference is intended for a professional-level audience with participation from local communities.

The program will kick off with a keynote presentation about how historic places play a role in our daily life and why these places are integral to our towns and cities. Panelists for several break-out sessions include professional architects, architectural historians, archaeologists, construction managers and building contractors, government employees, and grant writers. At the close of the first day, multiple panelists, including a local planner will discuss current historic preservation issues and how to move forward with local actions. 


Learning objectives 

·         Encourage the integration of historic preservation into local and regional planning practice.

o   Much of the program addresses this objective by highlighting examples of successful historic preservation strategies and raising issues for discussion.


·         Provide information on how to identify and why to recognize historic resources.

o   The keynote and closing program addresses this topic, in addition to the session on historic significance (session I.A).


·         Share tools/strategies for the treatment of historic properties.

o   The conference includes several sessions on this topic from how to undertake a historically sensitive improvement project, how to rehabilitate a historic property, how to fund rehab work, and how to integrate energy efficiency goals.


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Thompson Mayes

Tom Mayes is vice president and senior counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is the author of many articles relating to, and has lectured widely on, preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, accessibility, public policy, and the future of historic preservation. For many years he taught ... Read More

Ned Connors

Ned Connors has been in the historical preservation field for 25 years. Although working in many areas of preservation, he specializes in the documentation of 19th- and 20th-century industrial and engineering sites. Over the years he has worked closely with RIDOT in the evaluation of historical bridges as part of ... Read More

Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis has overseen the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project’s documentation initiatives since its founding in 2015. On behalf of the Project, she has spoken to various audiences at the city, state, and national levels, and also authored the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Caffe Cino ... Read More

Jeffrey Emidy

Jeffrey Emidy is deputy director and deputy SHPO at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, where he began working as the National Register assistant in 2005. In addition to his time at the RIHPHC, Emidy has been a historic site interpreter at a National Historic Landmark site, a ... Read More

Laura Kline

Laura Kline is a senior architectural historian and project manager at the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL), a cultural resource management and historic preservation planning firm in Pawtucket, RI. She has worked in cultural resource management and historic preservation for more than 12 years. At PAL, she specializes in the preparation ... Read More

Kathleen LaFrank

Kathleen LaFrank has an MA in architecture and design criticism from Parsons School of Design. She is the National Register Coordinator for the New York State Historic Preservation Office with expertise in rural cultural landscapes, state parks, parkways, modern architecture, and cultural resources. She is the author of the National ... Read More

Julie Carmelich

Julie Carmelich is an historian with the Connecticut SHPO. Since starting in 2008, her primary responsibility has been administering the State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs. Carmelich has more than 18 years of professional preservation experience in the private and public sectors. Her private-sector work includes positions in ... Read More

Todd Levine

Todd Levine is an architectural historian with a Master's degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, Todd has worked at inspecting, studying, and preserving Connecticut’s historic resources since 2003. Todd was the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Services Officer from 2006-2009 ... Read More

Alyssa Lozupone

Alyssa Lozupone is an architectural preservationist at the Connecticut SHPO, where she manages the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit and Historic Restoration Fund Grant programs. Prior to joining the SHPO in January 2017, she worked at the Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island, where she helped carry ... Read More

Claire Calabretta

Claire Calabretta is associate director for institutional advancement at Mystic Seaport Museum. She has spent her entire career in philanthropy. After graduating college, she worked with a small nonprofit human services organization. Faced with a wall of coin donation boxes, she figured there had to be an easier way to ... Read More

Elizabeth Shapiro

Elizabeth Shapiro is the Interim Director of Culture at the Department of Economic and Community Development. In this position, she oversees the operation of the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the State Historic Preservation Office. In her permanent position as Director of Operations, Museums and Historic Preservation, she is ... Read More

Scott Wands

Scott Wands is manager of grants and programs at Connecticut Humanities, where he oversees the $680,000 Connecticut Humanities Fund granting program and delivers non-grant-funded services to Connecticut’s cultural community. He is co-creator of StEPs-CT, an integrated program of training, mentoring, and grant funding that since 2012 has helped ... Read More

Geoff Hands

Geoff Handy is chief marketing officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he seeks to inspire veteran preservationists and new audiences alike to engage in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s mission to save America’s historic and cherished places. He and his team work to expand ... Read More

Jeff LaRosa

Jim is the Chief Executive Officer of LaRosa Building Group with over two decades of construction experience. Jim attended Central Connecticut State University for Construction Management after serving in the 10th Mountain Infantry Division of the United States Army. His time as a project manager included the successful completion of ... Read More

Jud Aley

Jud Aley is a residential contractor who specializes in historic preservation, home energy efficiency, and green building for older and historic homes. Aley, a second-generation builder, is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)-certified green professional and a LEED-certified homebuilder. He lives with his family in South Norwalk’s ... Read More

Contact Info

Jeanne Davies, ctriverplanner@gmail.com