2011 Florida Trust Annual Conference

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationRegistration is now open for the 2011 Florida Trust Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Each May, Florida’s historic preservation community comes together at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference to share ideas and learn from others. Highlights from this year’s program include:

  • Keynote Speaker Robert McNulty, founder and President of Partners for Livable Communities
  • Restoration Marketplace
  • Annual Statewide Preservation Awards Ceremony and Reception in Winter Park
  • Opening Reception at the Orange County Regional History Center
  • Tours of local historic districts, Downtown Orlando, Eatonville, Winter Park, Maitland, Sanford, and Polk County
  • Professional Development Workshops

Click here to download the Preliminary Program. Early registration ends April16; the last day to register prior to on-site registration is May 6. To download just the registration forms, click here.

The Conference Headquarters Hotel is the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando. www.grandbohemianhotel.com

The Florida Trust is going green! The preliminary program will be posted on the website www.floridatrust.org. If you are unable to download the document, please contact our office for a hard copy. 850-224-8128 or information@floridatrust.org.

Florida Conversations Explores Environmental ‘Insanity’

The Tampa Bay History Center welcomes award-winning St. Petersburg Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman to the Florida Conversations Lecture Series on Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. Pittman will discuss his latest book, Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species.

A three-time Waldo Proffitt Award winner for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida, Pittman’s investigative reporting has exposed flaws and corruption in Florida’s regulation of sensitive wetlands and water resources. In a 2004 story for the Times, he uncovered a secret plan by Florida’s business leaders to transfer water from sleepy North Florida to booming South Florida. The stories caused such an uproar that then-Governor Jeb Bush scuttled the plan.

Pittman’s previous book, Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss, was recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and supported by WUSF Public Media, Florida Conversations features authors and presenters covering a variety of Florida topics, from politics to fiction, history to environmental issues.

Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. For more information, visit go to the Tampa Bay History Center website.


Thinking of Replacing Your Wood Windows?

If you live in a historic home, preservationists urge you to think about restoration and repair before razing. Here are some issues to consider:

• More heat is lost through the roof and insulated walls than windows.

• Windows need routine maintenance, including resealing and caulking, to be energy efficient.

• Storm windows installed on the exterior of existing windows or window inserts attached to the interior side can reduce heat loss.

• A thin reflective covering called “low-E film” can be applied to single-pane glass to reduce heat loss.

• If you’re trying to be “green,” remember that vinyl and aluminum windows take more resources, toxins and energy to produce than restoring old windows.

• Retaining the original windows in a historic home can be an advantage when selling the home to buyers who value authenticity.

• If you refinish windows yourself, beware of the possibility of lead in the paint and asbestos in the glazing putty. Kits are available in home-improvement stores to test for lead. If you don’t test, assume there are toxins and wear protective masks, a respirator, gloves and other gear.

• Double- or single-hung windows are sometimes replaced because they no longer open. The problem often stems from layers of paint on the pulley system ropes. Instead of discarding the entire window, replace the ropes. When painting, cover the ropes with masking tape or paper.

• Different kinds of glass are used to replace historic or antique window panes. Glass with waves, bubbles and other imperfections reminiscent of antique glass is available, but can be costly, particularly if it’s mouth-blown. Sometimes, homeowners opt for contemporary, double-paned glass.

For more information on restoring, replicating or replacing historic windows:

• Go to www. oldhouseweb.com and search for “historic window repair.”

• Go to www. preservationnation.org and search for “historic wood window tip sheet.”

• See a video of historic window restoration by EcoWoodworks at http:// ecowoodworks.com. The custom carpentry firm is at 3016 Sapp Road, Tumwater, or at 360-943-3808.

Sources: City of Olympia Historic Preservation program, Grace Morrisson of Bear Wood Windows Inc.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/12/29/1481478/window-treatment-not-so-hasty.html#ixzz19Y3pzzGC

National Trust for Historic Preservation 2010 Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its annual conference in Austin, TX. For info go to http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/training/npc/. The conference will be also offered for Virtual Attendees through live video, Twitter and blog posts.

Join hundreds of grassroots volunteers, skilled professionals, and preservation experts exploring preservation today — in urban and rural settings across the United States. Both conventional and the controversial issues that arise every day will be explored, and the most effective tools and practices for fostering preservation in any community will be shared.

Conference features include:

  • Daily general sessions complemented by in-depth breakouts permitting you to focus on your interests
  • Abundant interactive education sessions with lively audience participation
  • Field sessions highlighting Austin, the Texas Hill Country, and San Antonio
  • More learning units offering continuing education credits from AIA (HSW, SD, and general), APA (ethics, law, and general), and USGBC
  • A listing of approved sessions will be online once final, and in the final program distributed at the conference
  • Two days of Exhibit Hall, culminating in the Preservation Action Reception and Auction on Friday afternoon
  • “Nosh & Network” breaks in the Exhibit Hall
  • Preservation Bookstore
  • Mad About Mod Party on Friday night, including the live Preservation Action Auction

ReNew Tampa 2010

Courtesy Florida State Archives
RENEW TAMPA – CONFERENCE AND EXPO “Something Old + Something New + All Green”
A three day event to celebrate history and sustainability organized by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Architectural Heritage Committee and partner organizations, including Tampa Preservation, Inc.
Come experience the past as well as the future with Tampa’s best architects, designers, industry experts and preservationists through RENEW TAMPA. Learn sustainable practices to make Tampa a greener place to live while understanding the importance of preservation of our historic places. The three day RENEW TAMPA event will include a variety of displays, interactive seminars, educational lectures, a historic neighborhood tour, “Ask an Architect” and more. There will also be an interactive, educational play areas for the kids, continuing education opportunities for professionals and free consultations with architects, designers and consultants for your greening or preservation needs.

Unlike traditional trade shows, RENEW TAMPA will bring together designers, construction professionals and the general public to view new products, see prize winning examples of historic preservation and green building design and to learn from industry experts including:

  • What’s the greenest approach to renovating your bungalow?
  • How can you incorporate solar technology in restoring a cigar factory?
  • Where are your financial opportunities in renewing a historic downtown property?
  • All of these questions and more will be examined during the three-day conference.

The weekend will explore the intersection of architectural heritage, green technology, and building restoration. It will include a comprehensive, practical program of educational lectures, how-to workshops, industry exhibitors, and a historic neighborhood tour—all grounded in promoting good stewardship of historic structures, for today and tomorrow.

RENEW TAMPA will be held in the soon-to-be restored historic Trolley Barn Building located at 1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The 1911 building, which is a local historical landmark, was the trolley barn for the Tampa Electric Company, which operated the Tampa Electric Street and Railway Company.

Courtesy Florida State Archives
Streetcar at Ballast Point

The electric streetcar ran in Tampa from 1892 through 1946. The building is the last historic streetcar barn in the Tampa Bay area, and one of the few remaining in the country. Transportation exhibits will explore the present day plans for high speed rail and local rail systems and one of the original trolleys from Tampa’s original trolley system will be on display.

Event Dates and Times

RENEW Preview Kick-off Party

→ Friday, October 1 , 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ($25 per person)

Expo/ Workshops/ Seminars

→ Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ($8 in advance/ $10 at the door/ children under 12 FREE)

Tour of Tampa Heights Neighborhood

→ Sunday, October 3rd, Noon to 4:00 PM ($8 in advance/ $10 at the door/ children under 12 FREE)

Advance tickets are on sale on the RENEW TAMPA website or the Tampa Heights website.

Something for Every Old House Lover at ReNew Tampa


Renew Tampa – A 3-day exploration of historic preservation, green design and good planning, takes place October 1st through 3rd at the historic Trolley Barn, 1910 N. Ola Avenue in Tampa Heights. An Expo, a film festival, demos and seminars, Ask an Architect and an interactive educational play area for the kids are just a few of the activities planned by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the second Renew Tampa event.

A highlight of Renew is Saturday’s keynote speech by Tom Murphy, former three-term mayor of Pittsburg, and a senior fellow at the national Urban Land Institute.  Murphy will share his insight on how rail could affect Tampa’s future.
Renew Tampa will provide the public access to information and resources in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere,” said Gus Paras, architect and program founder.  “Whether you are a home-owner who wants to “green” your home, or someone who wants to learn more about the future of our city, we will have seminars, films and professionals on hand as a resource.

Renew kicks off with a reception Friday evening, October 1st, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm featuring a preview of the expo and live jazz music.  Tickets are $25.  On Saturday, October 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm, the Renew Expo and Conference will feature 30 + exhibitors, seminars, films, demonstrations, opportunities to Ask an Architect, several rail-related exhibits and the children’s play area, all for only $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  Sunday, October 3rd, 1 pm to 5 pm, the Tampa Heights Civic Association will hold their Tour of Homes.  Tickets for the home tour are $8 advance or $10 day of.  Combo tickets for the expo and tour are available for $15 advance or $20 after October 1.
More information and tickets are available at www.renewtampa.com, or by calling 813-229-3411.

Summary of Event Dates and Times
Renew Preview Kick-off Party featuring the Blake High Jazz Ensemble
Friday, October 1st from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Trolley Barn, $25 per person.
Renew Extravaganza (Expo/ Workshops/ Seminars/Films/Keynote Speech)
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Trolley Barn, $8 in advance / $10 at the door / children under 12 Free.
Tampa Heights Home Tour by the Tampa Heights Civic Association
Sunday, October 3rd, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Combo Tickets for Renew Extravaganza and Heights Tour
$15 advance / $20 at the door

About Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy, the former mayor of Pittsburgh, specializes in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues.  Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh.  Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space.

About AIA Tampa Bay
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional association for architects and those in the architecture field.  AIA Tampa Bay is the regional chapter representing approximately 650 members in west central Florida.   The AIA provides programs and services including educational programs, design competitions, community service programs and serves as the united voice of the architecture profession.  The regional chapter office is located at 200 N. Tampa Street, ste. 100 in downtown Tampa.

About the Film Festival
Six different short films about Tampa’s history and architecture will be shown throughout the day.  The films cover the history of Tampa Bay, Florida Southern College’s campus, which contains the world’s largest single site collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; documentaries on historic Hyde Park and their beautiful bungalows, as well as a film about historic Seminole Heights. Titles include “History of Tampa Bay”, “Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings on the Campus of Florida Southern College”, “Photographs & Memories: A Hyde Park Reflection”, “Celebrate the Bungalow: Hyde Park”, “Seminole Heights – An Intimate Look at the Early Years”

About the Historic Venue
RENEW TAMPA will be held in the soon-to-be restored historic Trolley Barn Building located at 1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The 1911 building, which is a local historical landmark, was the trolley barn for the Tampa Electric Company, which operated the Tampa Electric Street and Railway Company.
The electric streetcar ran in Tampa from 1892 through 1946. The building is the last historic streetcar barn in the Tampa Bay area, and one of the few remaining in the country. Transportation exhibits will explore the present day plans for high speed rail and local rail systems and one of the original trolleys from Tampa’s original trolley system will be on display.