National Preservation Conference

preservationVOICES: A Reading List

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Melita Jureša-McDonald


PF2015_300x250_PHASE2We know that PastForward 2015 is months away but we wanted to kick off a PastForward tradition early – so here is the first of four reading lists to get you ready for the conference this November. While it’s the middle of summer and the thought of doing “homework” might seem like the last thing on your list of things to do, the PastForward reading lists are a great way to spark discussions before you get on the ground in D.C. this fall. Make sure to review the conference schedule for session descriptions as you work through the reading list and then feel free to comment on the PLF Blog post or start a discussion with your preservation peers on the Facebook PastForward events page.

This month we’ll take a look at preservationVOICES (read a preview of the entire conference), a track sponsored by the National Park Service.

This track kicks off with the preservationVOICES TrustLive. PastForward 2015 features four TrustLives, marquee presentations that were launched at last year’s conference. These presentations take a look at preservation through different lenses, bringing diverse perspectives to the discussion and allow for participants to virtually attend if they can’t make it to D.C. The TrustLives also serve to queue up the discussions that will take place in Learning Labs, Power Sessions and Field Studies.

Specifically, the preservationVOICES TrustLive will address a past lack of emphasis on the inclusion of diverse communities in the preservation of historic places and will discuss recent efforts to implement a focus on the experience of these communities. In the preservationVOICES Learning Labs we will further explore the term “diversity,” looking to address gaps in what we consider “diverse historic places.” We will also examine how our existing programs and policies might change so as to allow a wider embrace of different cultural backgrounds as we designate and the seek to preserve that which is considered “historic.”... Read More →

About Melita Jureša-McDonald

Melita Jureša-McDonald manages the Forum Reference Desk from San Francisco. She is the first point of entry for preservation leaders across the country seeking information about preservation issues, advanced content, and resources and assistance available from the National Trust. A native of Rab, Croatia, she is been with the Trust since 2001.

The Micro Lofts at the Arcade Providence, Providence, RI

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Special Contributor 1 Comment


The Arcade has been threatened by demolition, was shuttered for three years and placed on Providence Preservation Society's endangered buildings list. | Credit:  Rhode Island Collection

The Arcade has been threatened by demolition, was shuttered for three years and placed on Providence Preservation Society's endangered buildings list. | Credit: Rhode Island Collection

By Cheryl Hackett

Nineteenth century architect Daniel Burnham left an indelible mark on the built environment when he proclaimed, “Make no little plans.” However, today’s urban housing shortage is forcing us to think little, very little, even micro.

Millennials love micro lofts. Especially urbanites seeking housing compatible with entry-level salaries and college loan payments.

Baby Boomers like micro lofts too. These budget-friendly pied-a-terres provide access to cities’ cultural attractions.

Developers are keen on micro housing. In pricey metropolises such as Manhattan, Boston, and Washington, D.C., micro apartments fetch higher rents per square foot and boast higher occupancy rates than standard size apartments.

City officials support the tiny house movement by advocating zoning amendments that permit 200- to 400-square-foot single occupancy units.

And preservationists applaud the repurposing of underutilized landmarks into multi-functional buildings that amplify why protecting historic places truly matters. ... Read More →

Registration Live – 2015 PastForward Conference

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by Colleen Danz


PF2015_300x250_PHASE2Registration is now open for this year’s national preservation conference, PastForward, Nov. 3-6, Washington, D.C. Registration and complete conference details are online at

This year PastForward kicks off a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act with educational opportunities, Field Studies and networking events that celebrate a half century of success, acknowledge challenges, uncover opportunities and look forward to the next 50 years. PastForward will convene the full, diverse and expansive constituency of preservation players in the nation’s capital—from individuals to elected officials, federal agencies to architects, scholars to activists.

Core conference programming provides focused education and new ideas in order for attendees to elevate the role and expand the meaning of their preservation work within their communities. Programming this year emphasizes urban strategies, federal innovation and excellence, and telling a more inclusive story by featuring multiple voices and experiences. Finally, we will launch a rich and engaging discussion about the future as we approach the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
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About Colleen Danz

Colleen Danz is the manager of Forum marketing.