2019 SHPO Statewide Preservation Conference - May 18 Session

APA Connecticut Chapter


Sunday, May 19, 2019, 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1 p.m. EDT

Guilford, CT, United States

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Historic preservation activities often begin at the local level, with recognition of particular aspects of a community’s character. This is relevant to the work of municipal planners and COGs in the creation of Plans of Conservation and Development, management of local codes and boards, master plans, revitalization plans, place-making (or keeping) strategies, emergency planning, and resiliency plans. Planners working for consulting firms, non-profits, or transportation/engineering or development firms are also frequently encounter historic properties in their projects. It is helpful for planners to have an understanding of how cultural resources are identified, when environmental regulations apply to these resources, and best practices for management. The relationship between the fields of Historic Preservation and Planning are further defined in the APA’s Policy Guide on Historic and Cultural Resources (https://www.planning.org/policy/guides/adopted/historic.htm). An educational goal of this conference is to provide planners with strategies to fulfill the APA Historic and Cultural Resources Policy Principle 1 – to integrate preservation and planning practice, increase awareness of historic resources, and recognize the value of historic resources as a contribution to quality of life.

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. The conference will continue with a subsequent half-day program of on-site material conservation workshops. The monument conservation workshop hosted at Alder Brook Cemetery may be of particular interest for municipal planners because it will provide maintenance information that could be applied to the numerous town-managed cemeteries across the state.


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Christopher Wigren

Christopher Wigren is deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the author of Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places (Wesleyan University Press, 2018). Wigren edits Connecticut Preservation News, the Connecticut Trust’s bimonthly magazine, and manages the Trust’s preservation easements program. His articles and essays have ... Read More

Thomas Kronenberger

Kronenberger & Sons Restoration, Inc., a specialist in the restoration, preservation, and adaptive use of historic structures, has returned historic structures to their original luster while meeting contemporary requirements since 1946. The firm knows how a treasure can be restored and what must start anew to conform to the original. Its ... Read More

Leticia Colon De Mejias

Leticia Colon de Mejias is the Founder/CEO of Energy Efficiencies Solutions, an energy conservation company and recipient of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s 2013 Energy Conservation Leadership Award. She is also the President of Green Eco Warriors, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental stewardship and the recipient of ... Read More

Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is a founding member of the Branford-based Nelson Edwards Company Architects, LLC and has over thirty years of experience in the field of historic preservation. She is responsible for and directs the firm’s institutional and historic preservation projects and in this capacity has been responsible for the ... Read More

Contact Info

Jeanne Davies, ctriverplanner@gmail.com