Traditional Building Conference

Baltimore 2009: Schedule for Wednesday, October 21

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

W01 Conditions Assessment Workshop with the AIA Historic Resources Committee – Orianda, the Crimea Estate, Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD. Pre-registration required.

Introductory – Intermediate                            6 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending

SPEAKERS:  James J. Malanaphy, AIA, Historical Architect, St. Paul, MN and editor, Preservation Architect, the newsletter of the AIA-HRC and TBA

  • Introduce the process of conducting an historic building assessment as developed by the National Park Service.
  • Discuss the importance of collecting and integrating new information through ongoing research and use of program planning processes.
  • Learn the importance of assembling an interdisciplinary team qualified to conduct an historic building assessment.

This workshop will feature a hands-on investigation of Orianda, a house built at the summer estate of the Winans Family.  The estate was named for a Russian Peninsula, Crimea, and the site is now part of Leakin Park. This program takes participants to a building designated as a City Landmark within the Baltimore National Heritage Area.  Orianda was built as a residence for the Winans family around 1855. They were commissioned by Czar Nicholas I to build the railroad between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The house, built of native stone, now houses Baltimore’s Outward Bound program.  You will analyze its site, structure, systems, and finishes.  Recommendations for its future use, treatment, and interpretation will be developed.  You learn by doing and help the City of Baltimore develop a plan for the stewardship of this fine structure. NOTE:  Lunch and transportation will be provided. Strictly limited to 30 participants.

9:00 am – Noon

W02 Similar Buildings, Different Preservation Treatments: The Lodges in Baltimore’s Historic National Cemeteries Workshop and Tour. Pre-registration required.

Advanced                    3 AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS:  Thomas A. Vitanza, RA, AIA, NCARB, Senior Historical Architect, U.S. National Park Service, Frederick, MD and Alec Bennett, Historian, National Cemetery Administration, Washington, DC

  • Reinforce the value of Historic Structure Assessment Reports.
  • Review the conservation techniques for historic memorial buildings, when mothballing one and using another.
  • Share Veteran’s Administration /National Cemetery Administration property management strategies to document and preserve its historic cemeteries.

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Department of Veteran’s Affairs, manages two properties in the City of Baltimore that exemplify two distinct periods in the history of veteran’s cemeteries.  Loudon Park National Cemetery was established in 1862 for the interment of Civil War dead and Baltimore National Cemetery was developed in the 1930’s, using adaptive-use principles and New Deal labor.  This tour will visit these cemeteries and present examples of NCA’s preservation initiatives based on an array of historic resources:  a thematic NRHP nomination, two lodge condition assessments, and conservation of a monument. Please note:  exteriors of the buildings will be toured, rain or shine, and wear comfortable shoes as extensive walking over hilly terrain is planned.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

W03 Homewood Museum Tour at Johns Hopkins University. Pre-registration required.

Introductory to Advanced                            3 AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS:  David Gibney and Denise Troxell, Historic Restoration Specialists, Inc., Smithsburg, MD and staff, Homewood Museum Baltimore, MD

  • Explore a Federal Period landmark.
  • Appreciate the fine architectural craftsmanship practiced in early 19th century Baltimore.
  • Learn first-hand from a craftsman and his staff that have worked on recent restoration efforts at the site.

Built in 1800 by Charles Carroll, Jr., for a sum of $10,000, Homewood Mansion is a National Historic Landmark today. It is one of the nation’s finest examples of Federal Period architecture.  This tour will be lead by a local craftsman who will share his insights on the maintenance and preservation of this site.  Museum staff will establish the historical context of this very important estate located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.

W04 Annapolis Tour:  Modern Systems in Historic Buildings:  The Maryland Statehouse and the Naval Academy Museum.  (Note: this tour compliments Workshop W05 on Thursday.) Pre-registration required.

Intermediate to Advanced                3 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending

    historic Preservation Training Center

SPEAKERS:  Elaine Bachmann, Director Artistic Property, Exhibits, and Outreach, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD; Dr. J. Scott Harmon, Director, Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD; and H. Thomas McGrath, FAIA and FAPT, Superintendent, NPS Historic Preservation Training Center, Frederick, MD

  • View sensitive installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • Explore two significant historic buildings.
  • Understand facilities management in historic buildings.

The U.S. Naval Academy Museum is located in Preeble Hall. The pink travertine lobby is the foyer to 12,000 square feet of exhibitions documenting United States naval history and sea power. The Maryland State House is the oldest state house still in legislative use. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.  It served as the capital for the nation as it was forming between 1783 and 1784. Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, here on January 17, 1784.






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