Traditional Building Conference

Baltimore 2009: Schedule for Friday, October 23

8:00 am – 9:30 am

T04 The Restoration of Period Porches

Introductory                                       1 AIA HSW CEU

    Period Homes Magazine

SPEAKERS:  David Gibney and Denise Troxell, Historic Restoration Specialists, Inc., Smithsburg, MD

  • Discuss ways to find historical data to support correct choices in porch design.
  • Explore proper materials to be used when repairing exterior trim.
  • Learn to use epoxy consolidation and wooden “dutchmen.”

Using early American pattern books and the “Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation,” you can avoid many common mistakes that are made when repairing a porch on a period home.  A discussion of proper historic porch colors, decorative plaster, epoxy use, and methods for working with a local Historic District Commissions will be included.

T05 The Remodeling Outlook


SPEAKER:  Mark Richardson, CR, and Co-Chair Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Washington, DC and author, How Fit is Your Business?

  • Understand the remodeling environment.
  • Learn new marketing techniques.
  • Discuss effective sales strategies.

Three out of five remodelers go out of business within the first five years.  Learn diversification opportunities and ways to take your business to the next level.  Meet this current economic climate with creativity.

S06 Agricultural Urbanism

Introductory to Advanced             1.5 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs pending

SPEAKER:  Stephen A. Mouzon, AIA, LEED AP, CNU; Principal, Mouzon Design; Founder, New Urban Guild, Miami, FL

  • Understand the operational and functional differences between industrial food production and bio-intensive agriculture, and the impacts of these differences on the design of our neighborhoods and buildings.
  • Articulate the essential components of the "good-neighbor agriculture" necessary to create Agricultural Urbanism.
  • Be able to discuss the full spectrum of Agricultural Urbanism.

For years, when children were asked where food comes from, the most likely answer was "from the grocery store." This may be about to change for a host of reasons: food security, freshness, and nourishment top the list. But reform of America's industrial food chain isn't likely to do the job alone. Rather, we need a new system of growing our food that can be characterized as  "good-neighbor agriculture," How will we design urban agriculture? How can it be tightly knitted with in our towns, villages, hamlets, neighborhoods, and big cities? How can we have everything in size from the family farm to the window garden in urban settings?

P07 An Introduction to Historic Tax Credits

Introductory                                                               1.5 AIA CEUs

SPEAKER:  John Sandor and Elizabeth Petrella, Architectural Historian, National Park Service, Washington, DC 

  • Learn what can and cannot be done to an historic property.
  • Understand the concepts underlying evaluation of the work.
  • Follow the necessary process of review and certification.

Tax credits have been available to offset the costs of rehabilitating depreciable historic buildings for nearly thirty years.  Hear from the National Park Service about how to use the program effectively.

8:30 am – 9:30 am

P08 Three Centuries of Historic Paint Colors

Introductory                                       1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Doty Horn, Director Color & Design, Benjamin Moore, Montvale, NJ

  • Understand where and when to use color.
  • Anticipate the future by learning from the past.
  • Appreciate the power of color.

This session will illustrate the rhythm of color influences over the past 125 years and how the personality of a decade can be deduced from the study of color.  From colonial revival to mid-century modernism, color is a guide to understanding the past and a blueprint for future projects.

P09 Protecting Historic Interiors When Installing New Mechanical Systems

Intermediate                            1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU pending

SPEAKER:  Jeff Greene, President and Founder, EverGreene Architectural Arts, New York, NY, Ronald D. Staley, FAPT, Senior Vice President, The Christman Company, Lansing, MI, and James W. Shepherd, Associate Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle, LLP, Washington, D.C.

  • Understand how to specify mechanical/electrical systems to minimize impact on historic interior finishes in major public buildings.
  • Gain awareness of plaster conservation procedures that can be employed to save historic fabric.
  • Control construction costs by advance planning.

Drawing upon the following successful projects for details, this session will illustrate how the Kansas State Capitol, Idaho State Capitol, Maryland State Capitol, and selected federal buildings and courthouses were adapted.  The goals of the projects were common to most preservation projects today:  control construction costs by planning, minimize impact on historic interior finishes when introducing new mechanical systems, and achieve energy efficiency improvements.

R01 The Custom Side of Systems Building:  Kit Home Packages

Introductory to Intermediate                            1 AIA CEU

Period Homes Magazine

SPEAKERS:  Michael C. Connor, CEO, and Holly Kelton, COO, Connor Homes, Middlebury, VT

  • Learn the unique and interesting history of pre-built housing.
  • Discuss ways to work with a systems kit builder.
  • Understand how custom builders and architects can work together.

Walk through the history of off-site systems built housing and explore ways in which architects, developers, and builders can utilize, partner with and benefit from off-site construction methods while still remaining custom.  The power of embodied knowledge can be tapped by small and large builders, developers, and architects in new ways as systems builders hone their level of skill and design adaptability for the custom home market.

T06 Stone Fabrication for Restoration

Intermediate                1 AIA HSW CEU                                                                 

SPEAKER:  Laurie L. Wells, Technical Sales & Marketing, Old World Stone, Ltd., Burlington, ON, Canada

  • Identify the cause or source of stone deterioration.
  • Create accurate pricing for budget purposes.
  • Organize a prioritized scope of work.

Learn how to investigate and determine the causes of stone deterioration, whether man-made or naturally occurring.  A number of techniques used to survey and record those failures will be covered.  Procedures for prioritizing and budgeting will be included.

9:45 am – 10:45 am

G02 Keynote Address - Sustainability, Preservation Architecture, and Economic Viability

Introductory to Advanced                1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU pending

SPEAKER:  Robert Ivy, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

  • Appreciate the link between sustainability and historic preservation.
  • Discuss ways to make clear the benefits of preservation.
  • See examples of adaptive use projects.

Discuss why preservation is environmentally correct as well as sustainable.  Common sense coupled with regional building adaptations that have been forgotten, will be reviewed.  The preservation and creation of urban centers will shape the future. 



W10 11:00 am – 5:30 pm. INTBAU-USA Symposium:  Building Sustainably, Profitably and Beautifully

Introductory-Advanced                    AIACEUS pending

  • Get the latest insights and cost-effective techniques for sustainable building and renovation.
  • Build more beautifully, using the languages of tradition and place.
  • Promote and support more beautiful and sustainable projects where you live.

These are challenging times for builders, designers, trades and suppliers.  The economy is making it difficult to finance or sell projects.  Yet we know that the population is still growing.  After the recovery, people will still need healthy, desirable, ecologically sound and energy-efficient homes and neighborhoods – perhaps more so than ever.   What are the strategies and techniques that will succeed best in the coming post-recovery period?  How can professionals and citizens lobby for more effective support of beautiful and sustainable buildings, including heritage and new construction?  Join the USA chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, a UK-based patronage of the Prince of Wales.  This all-day session will be led by international experts in building, architecture, economics and other fields.  

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – Noon

R02 Kitchen Design Approaches

Introductory to Intermediate                1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Patricia Poore, Editor-in-Chief, Old-House Interiors, Gloucester, MA

  • Recognize period remnants and salvageable elements of an inherited kitchen.
  • Distinguish between true period kitchen design and revival interpretations.
  • Learn the hallmarks of different periods.

You will learn the basics of designing a period-appropriate kitchen by addressing the dilemma of the early kitchen (how to put a modern functioning room in a pre-1850 house), the 19th century kitchen (Victorian era servant’s kitchen updated for family use), and the 20th century (early electric through the bungalow era, 1930s and 1940s, and today’s Arts and Crafts Revival kitchens).  Emphasis will be on the 20th century kitchens, as the post-electric period works for most old houses.

S07 Sustainable Design & the Adaptive Use of Historic Industrial Structures (90 mins.)

Intermediate                1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU pending

SPEAKER:  Tom Liebel, AIA LEED AP, Associate Principal, Marks, Thomas Architects, Baltimore, MD

  • Identify challenges in the integration of sustainable design strategies in adaptive reuse of historic structures, including historic tax credit issues and brownfield concerns.
  • Learn to apply traditional materials and design techniques for sustainable rehabilitation projects.
  • Address concerns about older structures that are not as green as new construction.

Applying sustainable design principles to the adaptive use of historic urban properties requires in-depth analysis.  Reclaiming existing underutilized urban sites can deliver projects that are economically competitive with conventional greenfield developments, while providing quantifiable environmental and economic benefits to owners, tenants, and the surrounding community.  By planning for the adaptability of various building systems, architects can ensure a long and productive life for projects while preserving the unique history of each site.



Noon - 1:30 pm

W11 Lunch and Learn-The Changing Face of Trim Products (Pre-registration required)

Introductory                                                               1 AIA HSW CEU 


SPEAKERKristen Baer, Territory Sales Manager, Azek Trimboards, Moosic, PA

  • Learn what PVC cellular is.
  • Understand how trim products are used in the building industry.
  • Recognize why cellular PVC is an appropriate wood trim replacement product.

This presentation will provide an in-depth study of cellular PVC, including its manufacturing. It will explain varying types and uses and examine the installation and specification considerations.  Note: Lunch is provided for the first 50 registrants.  Please sign up early.

G03 Preservation Roundtable – Live in the Exhibit Hall

Introductory                                                               1.5 AIA HSW CEUs

Moderated by members of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and staff from the Baltimore National Heritage Area and Baltimore Division of Historical and Architectural Preservation, Office of Planning 

  • Learn about preservation initiatives in Baltimore, Maryland, the region, and nation.
  • Learn what nonprofit and government preservation groups are doing and how they can help you.

This lively roundtable forum provides a platform for discussion and networking for professionals and volunteers.  Bring your lunch and listen to reports on the exciting accomplishments and initiatives these preservation groups undertake. 

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

T07 How Fit is Your Business?


SPEAKER:  Mark Richardson, CR; Co-Chair, Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Washington, DC, and author, How Fit is Your Business?

  • Learn to measure your business and establish benchmarks.
  • Determine specific areas that need improvement.
  • Develop methodical steps for change.

You will learn the basic tools used to build a better, healthier business.  Breaking down misconceptions and removing the mystery from the process of improvement will be included.

S08 The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards & LEED:  Where They Work Together & Where They Diverge

Introductory to Advanced                1.5 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU pending

SPEAKER:  Audrey T. Tepper, Historical Architect, National Park Service, Washington, DC

  • Learn how to build the best case for preservation in light of current rating systems.
  • Realize how recycling historic materials saves energy.
  • Recognize how new energy efficient components may compromise the architectural integrity of an historic building.

Preserving a building is often called the ultimate recycling project. Learn to identify the basic principles behind sound preservation practice and environmentally sensitive
design – where they work well together and when they do not.  Examples from the Federal Tax Incentives Program for Income Producing Properties will be used.

Note: Recommended Advanced Reading: an article by this with the same title as the session in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Forum Journal, Spring 2009 Vol. 23, No.03, Issue Theme:  “Positioning Preservation in a Green World.”

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

R03 Period Style Kitchen Cabinets:  Authenticity & Interpretation

Introductory to Intermediate                1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER: Nancy R. Hiller, President, NR Hiller Design, Inc., Bloomington, IN

  • Recognize what makes one “period” cabinet look more authentic than another.
  • Appreciate that expressions of period style can differ enormously according to region and economic class.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of a built-in cabinet’s main structural components.

Using illustrations from historic and contemporary sources, the development of American kitchen furnishings from Colonial times through the mid-20th century will be examined.  Variation in details, along with hardware and finishes, can be used to determine specific historical eras and styles.  Some critical complexities implicit in the notion of “period authenticity” in contemporary kitchen design will be covered.

P11 What Color Was It? How Paint Analysis Can Reveal A History of Color

Intermediate                                        1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Dorothy Krotzer, Director, Building Conservation Associates, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

  • Understand how an historic paint analysis is performed.
  • Develop a familiarity with historic paint color palettes.
  • Recognize how paint analysis can serve as a tool for dating portions of a building.

Paint analysis can reveal a history of color that has been lost for decades, buried under numerous layers of over-paint.  By removing chips of paint from a building and examining its various layers under a microscope, paint analysis can identify a building’s earliest paint colors.  It can also be used as a dating tool to provide insight into historic paint materials, such as pigments.  Reference will be made to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

G04 Maintenance is Preservation: Terms and Practice- Live in the Exhibit Hall

Introductory                           1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Richard J. Brand, Maryland Historic Trust, Crownsville, MD

  • Learn to define preservation terminology.
  • Develop clear methods of communication.
  • Understand the importance of common definitions.

Consider the words that we use and what they mean.  For example, preservation simply means to preserve, keep, or maintain and rehabilitation means to put back in service or put to a new use.  So if you say that you are going to rehabilitate a staircase, you will repair it, level it, and all that is necessary to insure that it can be used safely.  By clearly using the right terminology, understanding and better project execution is gained by all.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

G05 Designing a Greene & Greene Inspired House- Live in the Exhibit Hall

Introductory               1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  James Erler, Principal, Erler Design, Charlottesville, VA  22903

  • Understand how the Greenes approached designing a home’s exterior, landscapes, interior trim and furniture to create a harmonious whole.
  • Gain insight into the influences that affected the Greenes’ design philosophy.
  • Prepare budgets that allow for sensitive techniques, materials, and designs for creating Greene-inspired homes at reasonable prices.

The homes designed by Charles and Henry Greene are distinguished by layers of sculptural elements that knit the house into a harmonious whole.  Understanding their artful methods and their inspirations is key to adapting their designs to suit modern lifestyles.  The Greenes’ original drawings and photographs demonstrate different approaches that can be used to create Greene-inspired homes such as the Loblolly House.

S09 Appropriate and Sustainable Lighting for Historic Structures

Intermediate                1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEUs pending

SPEAKERS:  Annie Sauser, LEED AP, Project Manager, John Milner Associates, Inc., Alexandria, VA and Bruce Dunlop, Owner, Bruce Dunlop Lighting Design, LLC, Lutherville, MD

  • Discuss when period lighting is appropriate or inappropriate.
  • Explore new alternatives in lamping technology.
  • Learn to plan cost savings with new technology options.

Beginning with an overview of light, color, and human response to light, you will discuss new lighting and control technologies in the context of their general appropriateness for historic structures.  The importance of accurately identifying the age and style of a building and its lighting fixtures, considering new and traditional uses of spaces, and energy and maintenance needs will also be discussed.

R04 Pattern Books, Pre-cut Homes and the American Dream

Intermediate                                        1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Eric N. Kuchar, Associate AIA, Vice-President, Traditional Building Collaborative, Inc., Middlebury, VT

  • Learn how pattern books and builder’s manuals aided in the development of American styles and the design/construction of American homes.
  • Appreciate how the evolution of the mass media market helped the marketing of pre-cut, pre-built, and panelized homes.
  • Understand the history of pre-cut homes and their current impact.

Pattern books influenced the style, design, and building of American homes from 1800-1940.  The history and impact of how pre-cut homes were designed, built, and shipped will be discussed.  The role of the mass media, including builder’s manuals, pattern books, mail order catalogs, trade catalogs, and magazines, will be explored.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

T08 Caring for Historic Wood & Painted Finishes

Introductory to Intermediate                            1.5 AIA HSW CEUs

SPEAKERS:  Ted Eayrs and Walter Eayrs, Partners, Blackburn Restoration Services, LLC, Middleboro, MA

  • Learn to identify the type of historic finish before attempting restoration.
  • Understand that historic finishes will not be perfect or unblemished.
  • Incorporate traditional methods and materials when restoring finishes.

Explore clear and painted historic finishes and gain useful information concerning proper procedures for restoration.  Through case studies, various types of historic finishes will be discussed along with their history.  Topics such as application of cleaning agents, use of pigments, reversibility and durability of repairs, and project expectations will provide useful information for professionals as well as laymen.  The session will conclude with a discussion of how to prevent problems during finish restoration projects.

Recommended Reading:

  • Marx, Ina and Alan.  Professional Painted Finishes.  Watson-Guptill Publications:  New York, 1991.
  • Chase, Sara.  Preservation Briefs 28:  Painting Historic Interiors.  Washington, D.C.:  National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1992.
  • Whittock, Nathaniel.  The Decorative Painters and Glaziers Guide, London, 1827.

P12 The Government is Your Client: Stimulus Work and More


Traditional Building Magazine

Moderator:  Judy L. Hayward, Education Director, Restore Media, LLC, and Executive Director, Preservation Education Institute, Historic Windsor, Inc., Windsor, VT.  Speakers: Several government agencies have been invited.  Check the website for final speaker list.

  • Learn about new construction, preservation and rehabilitation projects funded through the ARRA and regular appropriations.
  • Gain insight into the competitive bidding process for federally funded projects.
  • Understand how the government can be a good source of work for your business.

Federal, state, and local governments have always been good customers.  Their respective collections of buildings comprise some of America’s finest existing architecture.  New buildings are needed on a regular basis. This panel discussion will explore why now is a good time to rethink the government as a client.

P13 Art Deco and Adaptive Use:  The Cincinnati Union Terminal

Advanced                                                                                1.5 AIA HSW CEUs

Traditional Building Magazine

SPEAKER:  John M. Evans, LEED AP, Preservation Specialist, George C. Skarmeas, AIA, AICP, Principal, Director of Preservation Architecture, and Leila Hamroun-Yazid, AIA, Senior Preservation Architect, RMJM Hillier, Philadelphia, PA

  • Learn how tight quality-control processes for specialty restoration can be successfully integrated into publicly bid project documents.
  • Appreciate the consensus building necessary when dealing with a large group of stakeholders with different perspectives and interests.
  • Understand how the design team addressed the technological and logistical challenges of this complex restoration/renovation project.

The Cincinnati Union Terminal, a magnificent railroad station, was built in 1932 and is one of the most significant examples of Art Deco architecture in America.  It now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center.  In 2006, RMJM and local partner, Glaserworks, were retained to prepare a Master Plan for a restoration and rehabilitation of the building. This session illustrates an innovative approach to testing a master plan for an expensive project:  the planning process was followed by a pilot project to illustrate a comprehensive approach to the many conditions requiring remediation.

S10   Traditional New Development:  Succeeding with Sustainable Design and Materials

Intermediate                                        1.5 AIA HSW CEUs

Period Homes Magazine

Moderator:  David Neumann, AIA, Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects, Washington, DC; Brendan O’Neill, Sr., O’Neill Development, Co., David Jones, David Jones. Architect, and David Peabody, Peabody Architects

  • Discuss the application of traditional English Cottage design to a suburban real estate development.
  • Realize the value of using traditional materials (stone, roofing, windows) for long-term sustainability and durability.
  • Learn from a master planning process that focused on thematic consistency and 
    honorable relationships between clients, architects, builders and subcontractors.

Having a vision for a new neighborhood that is rooted in the past can be challenging to build today. The team comprising this panel developed 18 single-family homes using an English Cottage motif within an established suburban neighborhood, Highgate, in Potomac, MD.  They will discuss the process of building traditionally and at a price point that could be supported by this neighborhood. 

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

R05 Victorian Interiors and Their Architectural Elements

Introductory                           1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Marilyn Casto, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech University, School of Visual Arts, Blacksburg, VA

  • Learn common Victorian architectural interior elements.
  • Consider how these elements relate to space.
  • Understand how architectural elements are related to furnishings.

Identify architectural elements that were typical of Victorian interiors from mid-century to the turn of the century, such as window types, fireplace treatments, and door and wall treatments.  These features are examined in relation to how spaces were used and furnished in the nineteenth century.

T09 Timber Frame Engineering: Structure, Analysis, and LEED:  The Bagley Bridge Reincarnated

Intermediate                                        1 AIA HSW CEU/SD CEU pending

SPEAKER:  David C. Fischetti, P.E., DCF Engineering, Inc., Cary, NC and Author, Structural Investigation of Historic Buildings: A Case Study Guide to Preservation Technology for Buildings, Bridges, Towers, and Mills (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009)

  • Learn to properly analyze Town lattice structures and how to stabilize them.
  • Explore various methods to strengthen a Town lattice truss bridge without destroying the historic fabric.
  • Analyze the conservation of timber structural systems and how they are addressed in the LEED system and the Secretary of the Interior’s Treatment of Historic Structures.

Arnold Graton, Master Bridgewright of Ashland, NH, rebuilt the Bagley Bridge as the Will Henry Stevens Bridge at the Fine Art Center in Highlands, NC.  The Bagley Bridge is an 1850 bridge from Warren, NH that had been in storage since December 28, 1966 when Arnold and his father, Milton S. Graton, moved it off the Warner River.  Using the technology of the Bagley Bridge, DCF Engineering, Inc. designed a new bridge structure to replace the Skeen’s Mill Covered Bridge, which collapsed in 1987.  The construction will be done by Arnold M. Graton and Associates.

T10 Historic Stained Glass Restoration

Introductory               1 AIA HSW CEU

SPEAKER:  Daniel Wolkoff, Stained Glass Restorer, Adams Morgan Stained Glass, Washington, DC

  • Learn a brief history of American stained glass.
  • Understand what causes deterioration and damage.
  • Partake in a demonstration of pattern making and glass cutting.

The color, paint, materials, and construction techniques of stained glass are often the most misunderstood of all architectural details.  This presentation explains its mystique and demonstrates the interesting materials and process of building and restoring stained glass.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Traditional Building Reception



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