On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will present The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation – a day long multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the influence of non-traditional practitioners of historic preservation on architectural revitalization throughout the United States.
Speakers at the symposium will include individuals from across the United States who don’t necessarily call themselves preservationists but whose work and passions link them to old architecture and cityscapes. We are inviting artists and entrepreneurs who are inspired by buildings and places; directors of arts organizations, housing activists, and urban health advocates who are closely connected to the historic buildings and neighborhoods they interact with; artisans and makers whose craft is tied to the places where they work.
Registration begins at 9:00am
Program begins promptly at 9:30am
Justin Davidson, Preservation as Agent of Radical Change
Classical Music and Architecture Critic for New York Magazine and Author of the forthcoming book, Magnetic City, a cultural, historical, architectural and personal guide to New York
Session I: Small Batch: The Maker Economy and its Impact on Historic Places
Colin Spoelman, Co-Founder,Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY
Jason Deem, Developer, South Side Spaces, Cherokee Business Association, St. Louis, MO
Andrew Hoyem and Diana Ketcham, Founders, Arion Press, San Franciso, CA
Vic Christopher and Heather Lavine, Lucas Confectionary, Troy, NY
Jeffrey Pfeil, J.W. Pfeil & Company, Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY
William Higgins, Moderator, Principal, Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, Fitch Foundation Trustee
Session II: Preserving Place: How Activists and Artists are Saving Our Cities’ Heritage
Greg Handberg, Senior Vice President, Properties, Artspace, Minneapolis, MN
Jamie Kalven, Co-Founder, The Invisible Institute, Chicago, IL
Rosanne Hagerty, President, Community Solutions, NYC
Gina Reichert, Co-Founder, Power House Productions, Detroit,MI
Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Principal, Metris Arts Consulting, Easton, PA
William Tippens, Moderator, Vice President, Related Midwest, Fitch Foundation Trustee
Session III: Street Level: A Future for Historic Preservation
Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Past President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome
Rebecca Chan, Program Director, Station North Arts & Entertainment, Baltimore, MD
Alison Isenberg, Department of History, Princeton University
Randall Mason, Associate Professor and Chair of Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania
Mary B. Dierickx, Moderator, Mary B. Dierickx Historic Preservation Consulting, Fitch Foundation Trustee
The symposium will conclude with a festive reception co-sponsored by Preservation Alumni.
5-7pm in the Four Freedoms Room at the Sara Delano Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th Street, NYC.
What’s included in the ticket price? Admission to all panels, lectures, box lunch and Friday night reception.
Register now to save and secure your spot! This event has a limited capacity so advanced ticket purchase is advised. Tickets at the door, if they are available, will cost $75.
Many thanks to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their generous support of the Symposium.
For an all Fitch weekend, be on the lookout for Columbia University's Fitch Colloquium Transformative: Seven Ideas for a New Preservation to be held the following day, Saturday October 18. Register here http://events.gsapp.org/event/the-fitch-colloquium-transformative-seven-ideas-for-a-new-preservation
When & Where
James Marston Fitch Foundation
Since 1989 the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation has been in the vanguard of historic preservation practice and theory. Our mission is to support professionals in the field of historic preservation, and to achieve this we provide mid-career grants to those working in preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, decorative arts, architectural design and architectural history.
For more info about the Foundation contact Executive Director, Seri Worden at 212-252-6809