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6 preservation events you won’t want to miss at ABX 2015

November 17-19, 2015

November 16th, 2015  |  Posted by: Boston Preservation Alliance

CaptureHave you registered yet for ABX 2015? If not, don’t delay! The conference kicks off tomorrow. There numerous panels and discussions for you to choose from, including several focused on existing buildings and historic preservation. Take a look at some our favorites:

1. The Restoration of St. Mary’s Hall: Boston College recently completed the restoration of St. Mary’s Hall, which is the second-oldest structure on campus. Hear from the owner and project team members about the challenges and opportunities associated with this stunning historic restoration and adaptive reuse. More info.

2. Industrial Strength – A Miraculous Transformation at Ames Shovel Works: The project’s development team will present the story of how a threatened and beloved historical landmark, the Ames Shovel Works, was saved and revitalized. More info.

3. The Ins and Outs of Historic Designations: Historic designations vary in purpose and in restriction – learn which are best for which type of project and property with a panel of experts, including our Executive Director, Greg Galer. Discover how some can affect funding, expansion, and use and how they can be your friend in development. More info.

4. Resiliency Planning for Historic Building – Impacts and Choices: How will changes in temperature, humidity, precipitation and extreme storms affect brick, wood and other historic materials? Two case study assessments will be presented: The 1713 Old State House and c. 1800 Fowler Clark Farm. More info.

5. Reviving the Modern – the Preservation of the Modern Houses: Today modern houses are routinely demolished, deemed out-of-date and often stylistically unpopular. Yet, at the same time, modern houses are being preserved and restored as symbols of well-designed “minimal dwellings” that use limited resources, often occupy small sites, and respond sensitively to their natural settings. More info.

6. Burnham’s Last Stand – Revitalizing the Filene’s Building: In 2011, a major restoration of Daniel Burnham’s Filene’s Building begun as part of the Millennium Tower mixed-use complex. The design and construction team will present an overview of challenges and solutions devised to restore this iconic linchpin of Downtown Crossing. More info.

We’ll be hosting a booth in the Exhibit Hall for the duration of the show. See you there!

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