Interview with New US/ICOMOS Executive Director Andrew Potts

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by Elizabeth Byrd Wood No Comments


Many Forum members might be familiar with Andrew Potts’ work as a tax guy. He knows real estate tax law inside and out. He has spoken and written extensively on the federal rehabilitation tax credit and is an expert on preservation finance. In fact, it was his interest in historic rehabilitation tax credits that first led him to his current position as the new executive director of US/ICOMOS.

Several years ago, when Potts was working as an attorney for the law firm of Nixon Peabody in Washington, D.C., he got the idea to organize a seminar that focused on the various historic preservation tax incentives found in other countries. This led him to join US/ICOMOS, become involved in one of the organization’s Scientific Committees, and eventually serve on the organization’s board. This past February he began a two-year leave-of-absence from Nixon Peabody to take the reins of US/ICOMOS.... Read More →

[Video Competition] Old Places Matter Because….?

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


This preservation month we want to find out why old places matter to you. Is it because old places help connect you to earlier generations? Because they feel authentic? Because they engage your senses and inspire you? Is it because you feel old places give back to the community? Inspired by a series of essays by Tom Mayes, we want to hear from you about old places that matter. Tell us in a short, 30-second video -- we'll pick the top five to highlight in our social channels and feature at the PastForward 2015 conference in Washington, D.C., this fall.

Be creative!


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Preserving Places with Difficult Stories: L.A.’s Parker Center

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Special Contributor 1 Comment


Parker Center, exterior view. | Credit: Hunter Kerhart/L.A. Conservancy

Parker Center, exterior view. | Credit: Hunter Kerhart/L.A. Conservancy

By Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy

Increasingly preservationists are finding themselves advocating for places with complicated and layered histories, especially those from the 1950s through the 1980s that may be negatively associated with civil rights and social justice issues, as well as those that came about through the loss and stigma of urban renewal and displacement. Parker Center in downtown Los Angeles is a good case in point, currently slated for demolition and redevelopment.

This is a building with a difficult and often controversial past. It is famous or infamous, depending on how you look at it. While Parker Center reflects high and low points in L.A.’s history, it helps tell the story about where we have been as a city and where we want to go. The effort to save and hopefully repurpose Parker Center allows us an opportunity to have a full and honest conversation and to understand a place and the various chapters that make up its complete story. ... Read More →