Partners in Training Program Grants Announced
Participants in HPEF-supported adobe workshop.
The Historic Preservation Education Foundation recently announced grant recipients for the Spring 2016 round of its Partners in Training program. HPEF provided a grant to the Association for Preservation Technology to support ongoing expansion of its Building Technology Heritage Library. The Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance received support to establish a documentation training course at Hoyt House, New York, in collaboration with Boston Architectural College and New York State Parks in summer 2017. Cornerstones Community Partnerships also received support for the development of project to train community members in traditional adobe mud plastering at La Sala de San Jose Dance Hall, in Galisteo, New Mexico.
Since 2014, the initiative has provided grants of between $2,500 and $15,000 to projects based in the United States that further HPEF’s mission of providing training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology. The average grant has been approximately $7,000.
Partners in Training was developed partly in response to cuts in public funding for preservation skills training. It seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other U.S. educational institutions and organizations that share its passion for the technical aspects of preservation. With Partners in Training support, local, regional, and national preservation nonprofits, a community college, and a university preservation program have organized a variety of projects dealing with the preservation of adobe, masonry, and millwork, treating traditional cultural properties, and scanning historic building product catalogs. Past grant recipients.
HPEF invites educational institutions and nonprofit organizations based in the United States to submit training proposals that address specialized topics associated with technical aspects of preservation projects. The program goals are to support technical preservation training and education, to continue the organization’s history of partnering with educational institutions and organizations, and to leverage HPEF’s organizational experience to support new and unique training opportunities. The next call for proposals will open on July 15, 2016 and will close on October 1, 2016. Partners in Training grant recipients for this round will be announced on/about December 1, 2016.
Additional information, including complete application guidelines, can be found here: Partners in Training.
Eames House HABS-Level Documentation Project on Library of Congress website
The modernist home of designers Charles and Ray Eames is now featured in the online Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection at the Library of Congress. The Eames House and Studio in Pacific Palisades, California, was designed by the couple in 1949 and for over twenty years served as a base for their prolific careers developing furniture, buildings, exhibitions, toys, and films that have come to define “mid-century modern.”
In 2013, a team sponsored by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the University of Southern California Heritage Conservation program, and the Getty Conservation Institute documented the home and studio with the support of the Eames Foundation. The historical architects, landscape architects, historians, and USC heritage conservation student interns developed a detailed historical narrative and thirteen high-resolution measured drawings including floor plans, elevations, and details of stairs and window modules. As with other HABS materials digitized and held by the Library of Congress, the drawings and narrative are freely available online for download and public use.
The project was part of an ongoing collaboration between the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation to expand the representation of post-World War II sites in the HABS/Library of Congress collection. For more information, visit the Historic American Building Survey/Library Congress collection.
Eames House HABS-Level Documentation
Spring 2016 Partners in Training Supported Events
Historic Preservation Education Foundation’s Partners in Training program is supporting several events scheduled for Spring 2016.
The Montana Preservation Alliance is hosting a workshop entitled “The ABCs and 123s of Schoolhouse Preservation” on June 4 in Red Lodge, MT. Addressing the basics of preserving small, rural schoolhouses the event will demonstrate how to document and assess conditions, determine when to work with professionals or tackle hands-on do-it-yourself fix-ups, and how to find funding and volunteers. A second workshop is scheduled for September in Helena, MT.
The Galveston Historical Foundation’s “Approaching Water: A Symposium on Strategies for Adapting Historic Buildings to Coastal Flooding” will be held on June 16-17. Using four case study historic houses in flood-prone areas, the symposium will explore a variety of mitigation strategies including reinforcement, structural elevation, and flood-proofing.
Since 2014, HPEF’s Partners in Training program has provided support for thirteen initiatives that increase technical preservation training and education.
Lee H. Nelson Papers Presentation and Exhibition
Historic Preservation Education Foundation Intern Emily Vance presented a talk on the life and work of preservation pioneer Lee Nelson at the University of Oregon’s Special Collections and University Archives on February 26, 2014. Vance, a student at the University’s Historic Preservation Program, also opened an exhibition that she developed at the Knight Library featuring items from the Lee Nelson Papers. The presentation and exhibition extended Vance’s recently completed work on an annotated bibliography of the Lee Nelson collection held at the university’s archives. The detailed bibliography of Nelson’s papers will aid those interested in utilizing the collection and celebrate Nelson’s contribution to the field. The reception following Vance’s presentation and the ongoing exhibition are hosted by the Special Collections and University Archives at University of Oregon.
Throughout his long career as a National Park Service architect, Lee Nelson (1928-1994) helped nurture and shape the historic preservation movement in the United States. He was a co-founder of the Association for Preservation Technology International and led the investigation and documentation of Independence Hall and other historic sites. As Chief of the Technical Preservation Services in the National Park Service, Nelson established the Preservation Brief series and oversaw the publication of numerous other case studies and technical guidance. Lee Nelson’s papers, including historic structure reports, correspondence, published and unpublished research, pamphlets, articles, and images are held by the University of Oregon’s Special Collections & University Archives.
HPEF Co-Sponsors Craft Skills Development Summit, April 2013
The building industry and historic preservation community have recognized a systemic shortage of well-educated, trained, and experienced persons working in traditional crafts. These labor and skill shortages can lead to contract delays, higher costs, and a serious diminution in the quality of work on historic structures.
To address these issues and to identify successful initiatives and partners, the Association for Preservation Technology International and the Preservation Trades Network invited a broad cross-section of educators, contractors, designers, and regulators to participate in a Craft Skills Development Summit on April 23, 2013, in Washington, DC. HPEF is pleased to have co-sponsored this event.
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Delegates at the Preservation Craft Skills Summit.
(Photo credit: © J. Bryan Blundell)
HPEF Co-Sponsors Workshop in Preserving Historic Religious Architecture
Churches and synagogues are among the most treasured landmarks in any community. They play invaluable roles in people’s spiritual lives as well as being places where social services and other programs of important community benefit take place. Nevertheless, the upkeep of these buildings presents numerous challenges. HPEF is pleased to co-sponsor a one-day workshop, Preserving Religious Properties: A Practical Workshop for Caretakers of Older Churches and Synagogues. The event was held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Attendees learned how to assess their building’s needs, get advice on moving forward with a preservation project, learn about approaches to funding, and network with others who can provide assistance and support.
For a brochure with additional information about the event, visit the workshop host website: Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE).
12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone
The 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone took place on 22-26 October 2012 in New York City. More than 300 conservationists, material scientists, and scholars from 30 different countries in North and South America, Europe, North Africa, and Asia attended. The Congress featured 168 poster presentations, 78 oral presentations, and 13 tours on topics including documentation, forms and mechanisms of deterioration, and materials and methods of conservation. Sixteen organizations and individuals supported the conference, along with primary sponsors Columbia University and HPEF.
A fund was established in honor of Norman Weiss’s thirty-five years of teaching in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University. From this fund, the conference awarded twenty-two scholarships to help students traveling to New York for the conference. The Netherland-America Foundation provided three additional scholarships for students from the Netherlands.
Norman Weiss with students who received a scholarship to attend the 12th Stone Conference
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