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PMN 2015: Building Rehabilitation for Main Street

Posted byJoe Hoover on 26 Jan 2016 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2015

Why promote and advocate for the rehabilitation of your community’s downtown buildings? What are some examples of good rehabilitation that you can share with your building owners? What are some potential pitfalls to a good rehabilitation? In this presentation, you will find the answer to these questions and more. Learn about the benefits of rehabilitation on Main Street to property owners, building owners, and the community. See some great examples of successful rehabilitation on Main Street and learn how to appropriately incorporate change into historic main street buildings. This session is great for anyone who is interested in the success of their downtown district.

  • 1st Catherine Sandlund, Heritage Preservation Department, Minnesota Historical Society;
  • 2nd Audrey Tepper, Historical Architect, National Park Service

PMN 2015: Keynote Address

Posted byJoe Hoover on 21 Oct 2015 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2015

2016 will be a seminal year in the life of historic preservation. The National Historic Preservation Act turns 50, offering us an opportunity for reflection and a chance to consider what we might want our own contribution to the history of preservation to say about who we are and what we valued. Susan West Montgomery, Vice President for Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will consider the impulses and advocacy efforts that brought the Act to life and discuss the role we might play in its evolution.

PMN 2013: Building Codes and Preservation

Posted byJoe Hoover on 31 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2013

Rehabilitating and adapting historic buildings for new uses can create conflicts between code requirements (and officials) and preservation ordinances and guidelines. This session will provide strategies towards creating a successful collaboration between all the stakeholders including the code official, the preservation commission, the building owner, and the designers. Case studies will be used to illustrate successful projects that met the intent of the applicable codes while still preserving the historic fabric of the buildings.

Presenters: Laura Faucher, AIA, Preservation Design Works; Glen Bergstrand, Supervisor, MN State Fire Marshal Division; Dan Callahan, Supervisor, Plan Review, Community Planning & Economic Development, City of Minneapolis; Richard Dana, Commissioner, St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission

PMN 2013: The Archaeology of Architecture

Posted byJoe Hoover on 15 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2013

With brushes and backhoes, archaeologists document the locations of former buildings. What can their work tell us about structures that were once part of our communities? How can archaeology inform our understanding and interpretation of existing historic buildings? Using examples from Minnesota excavations, this presentation will demonstrate the preservation benefits of doing the archaeology of architecture

Presenter: Michelle Terrell, Two Pines Resource Group, Shafer, MN

PMN 2013: Keynote Address: Preservation Means Change

Posted byJoe Hoover on 07 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2013

Some people assume preservation means freezing a building in time, but many property owners know that restoring a building often requires making changes. This can mean replacing a missing detail, building an addition, or retrofitting for energy conservation. These, and other changes, are essential in maintaining our historic districts and for keeping historic buildings in active service. The key is to make these changes while preserving those features that contribute to a property’s significance. How can property owners make design decisions that will meet new functional needs and preserve our historic properties?  Noré Winter, a principal with Winter & Company, Boulder, Colorado asks that we refocus the definition of “preservation,” and provides case studies for what that means.

Oral History Tidbit: Downtown Minneapolis Redevelopment with George Kissinger, Part 1

Posted byLeslie Coburn on 07 Mar 2013 | Tagged as: Podcasts, SHPO Out & About

This photo was taken in 1973 as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" Project (1972-77) to document "subjects of environmental concern."

This photo of Block E in downtown Minneapolis was taken in 1973 as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Documerica" Project (1972-77) to document "subjects of environmental concern."

On a chilly January day, I convinced my former colleague, George Kissinger, to give me a tour of downtown Minneapolis redevelopment projects with which he was involved during his 30-year career as a project manager for the City.

In this first video clip, George describes the local government’s role in creating a large tax increment financing district to facilitate redevelopment of entire blocks which now contain City Center, Gaviidae Common, and the Block E complex.  Community pressure to rid downtown of the seedy influence of degraded properties, porn shops, and bars prompted city officials to get involved.

In 1988, at a community event to celebrate the impending demolition of Block E’s small-scale commercial buildings between 6th and 7th streets on Hennepin Avenue, the executive director of the Minneapolis Community Development Agency was quoted in the Star Tribune: “We’re now removing this blight to bring life and people back to Hennepin Avenue.”

Stay tuned for more of George’s recollections in future posts.

George Kissinger retired from the Minneapolis Community Development Agency in 2006, having worked on projects such as the acquisition and restoration of the State, Orpheum, and Pantages theaters, the Schubert Theatre move, the Ivy Tower rehab, and the new Federal Reserve Bank.  He is a Viet Nam vet and retired Captain from the Naval Reserve.  More recently, George has served as captain of the restored Steamboat Minnehaha on Lake Minnetonka.

R&C 2012: Archaeology of the John Orth & Germania Breweries

Posted byJoe Hoover on 20 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Podcasts, Review and Compliance

Review and Compliance Cultural Resource Management Seminar presentation by Michelle Terrell of the Two Pines Resource Group.

A paved parking lot and the lawns of a city park hide from sight the remains of two of Minneapolis’ foremost breweries. In 1890, the John Orth and Germania breweries merged with two other breweries to form the Minneapolis Brewing Company (aka Grain Belt). This presentation will provide an overview of the history of these breweries and how documentary and archaeological research led to the identification and evaluation of these sites. It will also discuss how these significant discoveries are being integrated into development plans.

PMN 2011: What Style Is That, Anyway?

Posted byJoe Hoover on 21 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2011

This session will help preservationists, planners, managers and others become acquainted with the nuances of architectural style in order to be able to recognize key features in the field. It will explain how common, vernacular forms were distributed via pattern books, and describe styles from the Pre-Victorian, Victorian, Arts and Crafts and Modern eras.

Presented by Beth Wielde-Heidelberg, Urban & Regional Studies Institute, Minnesota State University, Mankato at Preserve Minnesota, the Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Faribault, MN.

PMN 2011: Bonnie McDonald - Welcome and Opening Session

Posted byJoe Hoover on 06 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2011

Welcome and Opening Session at Preserve MN, the Statewide Preservation Conference. Presenter: Bonnie McDonald, Executive Director, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

PMN 2011: Britta Bloomberg - Welcome and Opening Session

Posted byJoe Hoover on 06 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Conference, Podcasts, Preserve MN 2011

Welcome and Opening Session at Preserve MN, the Statewide Preservation Conference. Presenters: Britta Bloomberg, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, MN Historical Society and Stephen Elliott, Director, MN Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Officer.

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