City of Fresno and the State Office of Historic Preservation to Hold Workshop April 29th
04/28/2011

The City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management Department, in collaboration with the California State Office of Historic Preservation and the City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a workshop/training session on historic preservation on Friday, April 29. The session will be held in Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The all-day session, “Charting the Future from the Past: Methods and Issues in Historic Preservation,” is free and intended for planning and preservation professionals, policy makers and the public.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin will provide remarks at approximately 1:30 p.m. Jenan Saunders, the Acting Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, will discuss current trends and issues in preservation throughout California in a presentation titled “State of the State of Historic Preservation in California.”

Other morning speakers will be Lucinda Woodward, a State Historian with the State of California Office of Historic Preservation, who will talk about how ordinances throughout California are used to protect, preserve and reuse buildings, and Timothy J. Brandt, AIA, also with the State Office of Historic Preservation, who will speak on about the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Mr. Brandt’s illustrated lecture will include projects from throughout California.

Following lunch, Don Simmons Ph.D. and Chair of the City’s Historic Preservation Commission, will serve as the panel chair for “Broadening the Constituency for Preservation.” Panelists include Hector Lopez, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, CSU Fresno), Kathleen Omachi (Chinatown Board President) and Ivan Paz (Co-Director Pink House/FIFUL).

The final session of the day will be chaired by the City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Project Manager, Karana Hattersley-Drayton. “Windows: Balancing Historic Values, Health and Safety, Sustainability And the Bottom Line” will include numerous experts in the field: Chris Johnson, AIA, Kevin Watkins (City of Fresno code enforcement), Joseph Oldham (City of Fresno Sustainability Manager), and Debra Barletta (Fresno Redevelopment Agency) as well as architects Molly LM Smith and Scott Vincent. Windows serve as a metaphor for the complexity of issues which the preservation community and City staff face with each rehabilitation project.

The morning plenary sessions will be held in the City Council Chambers (2nd Floor). The afternoon panel discussions will move to Conference Room A. The workshop/training is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, please contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton, Historic Preservation Project Manager at (559) 621-8520.

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