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Friday, April 28, 2017

Successful Preservation Efforts: Economic Vitality and A Sense of Place

9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION OPENS

9:25 a.m. Welcome
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Historic Resources + Development = Economic Vitality + A Sense of Place
Mindy Crawford, Executive Director, Preservation Pennsylvania
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Using the Federal Historic Tax Credit
Bonnie Mark, Principal, Delta Development Group, Inc.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. From Quaker State to Maker State
by Glenn Vernon, Principal, Albertin Vernon, LLC
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Four things Your Municipality Can do to Accelerate Economic Development
Chris Brown and Mark Newman, Derck Edson

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. BREAK

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Reception
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Banquet (pre-registration required)
7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: The Secret of Successful CommunitiesEd McMahon

Program Descriptions

Friday

Friday 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Historic Resources + Development = Economic Vitality + A Sense of Place presented by Mindy Crawford, Executive Director, Preservation Pennsylvania.

Those working in historic preservation are often characterized as sign-holding obstructionists who don’t want anything to change.  But communities across Pennsylvania are filled with a rich array of historic resources that are a vital part of these communities’ sense of place. Those that care about these resources need to change the conversation and collaborate with developers, property owners, and municipalities to find a balance between protecting our history AND allowing new development that is appropriate and compatible.  Let’s all put down our signs and unfold our arms and work together to revitalize Pennsylvania’s historic places!

Friday 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Using the Federal Historic Tax Credit presented by Bonnie Mark, Principal, Delta Development Group, Inc.

Across Pennsylvania, rehabilitation of historic buildings is becoming increasing difficult without the use of incentives.  One of the most widely used tools available is the federal Historic Tax Credit.  Since the credit’s inception in 1976, over 2,645 properties have been completed and “certified” with over 6.07 billion dollars of private capital being reinvested back into Pennsylvania communities.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the qualifications for taking the tax credit, the application process, how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation are utilized as part of this federal program, and what benefits can be gained from this program.  In addition, three small case studies will be examined.

With the change in the new administration in Washington DC, there is concern that the all of the federal tax credits programs will be eliminated when the tax code is modified.  Participants will discuss the status of the HTC program and what they can do to make sure that this extremely important program remains.

Friday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

From Quaker State to Maker State presented by Glenn Vernon, Principal, Albertin Vernon, LLC.

Glenn will present his vision to (r)e-position the Commonwealth to become America’s premier “maker state” by establishing maker spaces in 100 historic communities like Bellefonte throughout the Commonwealth.

Friday 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Four Things Your Municipality Can do to Accelerate Economic Development presented by Chris Brown and Mike Newman.

Any municipality can accelerate economic development by using GIS in four ways:

  1. Adopt an approach of processes and management based on place. GIS can be used as your central hub for citizen inquiries, problem reports, planning, zoning, utility management and billing, inspections and enforcement. The more information in your GIS, the better prepared you will be to tackle economic development.
  2. Businesses and developers are looking for a certain “market profile.” A municipality should already have that market profile information on hand before talking to developers or recruiting new businesses (boutique, local, or national). Using GIS and geographic specific downtown data from BAO gives you the facts that the development community will need.
  3. Economic development and physical revitalization work together hand in hand. Through Catalytic Potential Index analysis and mapping, a municipality will be able to jump start revitalization by investing capital where they will get the most “bang for the buck.”
  4. Any aspect of the economic development process that involves forms and work flows can be moved online using PeopleGIS SimpliCITY. Citizen surveys, maps of available business space, applications ad forms for grant programs, census data, annual reporting, and more can all come from a single platform using GIS.

 

Saturday

Saturday 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Restoring Historic Windows presented by Kenneth Nuttle.
This session will offer a discussion about the reasons why windows should be restored. The program will include environmental impact, preserving history, financial, energy efficiency and how basic maintenance can play an important role as well.

Children’s Program presented by Discovery Space.

Discover Bellefonte:  A Walking Tour through History presented by Sue Hannegan.
Discover the architectural heritage of Bellefonte from 1795 to the early 20th century.  Walk the oldest business district of the borough with its predominantly stone buildings; step out onto “the Diamond” where the predominant building style changes from small vernacular stone to high style brick.  Continue to the adjoining residential neighborhoods, where popular building styles range from high Victorian to mail order houses; some by masterful architects.  Discover the source of Bellefonte’s past and its future with a concluding stop in the waterfront district. *This is a bus facilitated walking tour.  Space is limited, please pre-register. 

Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation of Commercial Buildings presented by TBD.

Modern Retrofits for Vintage Homes presented by Regis Will.
A vintage home doesn’t have to mean foregoing some modern conveniences. Come and discover some products that will allow you to tastefully incorporate modern niceties and needs into your home. Items will include air conditioning, plumbing fixtures, and kitchens.

Tour of the American Philatelic Society Facility led by Ken Martin.
The 2017 Old House Fair is held in a rescued and repurposed set of grand old buildings that once comprised the Pennsylvania Match Company Factory. Established in 1899 by four Bellefonte businessmen, the facility flourished in the early years of the twentieth century and grew to become one of the largest producers of matches in the United States. It operated between 1900 and 1947. Today, the 18 connected buildings of the Match Factory have been refurbished and house the national headquarters of the American Philatelic Society and several other uses. The factory complex with its high red brick walls, corbelled cornices, sentimental arched windows, varied roof lines and vast interior spaces provides a perfect venue for our celebration of historic architecture.

Saturday 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Researching Your Old House presented by TBD.
Many home and business owners want to learn about the history of their property. Perhaps they just want to know more about who lived there, or to help with restoration of the property, or to list the property on the local heritage list or the National Register of Historic Places. Though one must start with a chain of title using deeds and probate records at the county courthouse, there are many other sources available to assist with dating and understanding your historic property and its past occupants. This presentation will present strategies for beginning and continuing this research, including the types of available sources and how to access them at your courthouse, historical society, archives, and online.

Nineteenth Century Interiors presented by Richard Pencek.
Dick Pencek will share insights and examples of late 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania rooms with a special emphasis on decorative arts, furniture and fancy forms of everyday objects. Comparisons of these various period elements will be discussed leaving time for your questions.

Architectural Photogrammetry Using Drones presented by Michael Immel.
Michael’s professional research focuses on the methodology and accuracy of close range photogrammetry for manufacturing.  In this technique, digital images of an object that have been taken at specific angles are used to create a point cloud, which is a large collection of points used to create 3D representation of existing structures. Michael has combined his two interests – photogrammetry and historic restoration – to develop a method for obtaining accurate measurements of historic properties. These measurements enable Michael to develop accurate 3D models of historic structures and record the original specifications of properties for historical preservation purposes.  Attendees at the session will learn about photogrammetry and the methodology used by Michael to obtain accurate measurements and 3D model of historic properties.  The topics Michael will address include: photogrammetry and its application to historic structures; 3D modeling.

Bring Your Building Issue to an Expert. Consultations by Mack Mahan and Gil Morrison.
We’ve assembled a group of old house experts who will review building issues submitted in advance. If you are looking for advice, consider enrolling in this session and submitting your building issue. Persons signing up for this session will receive an email inviting them to respond with a detailed statement of their problem with photos if possible. If your issue is selected, you will be notified and assigned a twenty-minute time slot between 9am and 4pm on Saturday. Show up and discuss the best solution to your problem with an expert who has already given the matter some thought. The sessions will be public and may attract a small audience. Submit your application here.

Saturday 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Lead and Copper from Corrosion of Older Home Plumbing in Pennsylvania presented by Bryan Swistock.
Penn State has researched the occurrence of corrosive water, copper and lead in private groundwater wells and springs since the early 1980s.  These studies of thousands of water supplies have found that corrosive water is one of the most common water quality problems affecting more than 50% of these water supplies.  Corrosive water can cause damage to metal components of the plumbing system from older homes and can cause dangerous levels of copper, lead and other metals to be dissolved in drinking water. Lead was found to be present above the current drinking water standard in 12 to 20% of rural homes.  High lead levels could nearly always be related to corrosive water supplies in older homes with plumbing installed before 1991.  Unfortunately, homeowners were rarely aware of high lead levels because of the absence of obvious tastes, stains or odors.  This presentation will share these research results along with various educational materials created by Penn State Extension to increase awareness of lead in drinking water.

Children’s Program presented by Discovery Space.

The Foundation of Local Masonry presented by TBD.
This will be a walking tour of some of the more notable masonry works in Bellefonte. A brief history will be given on the 19th century protocol for making mortar and attaining stone and brick. Special focus will be given to the brilliant works of the artisans from Italy who played a substantial role in creating the architectural splendor of Bellefonte. Discussion of 19th century masonry most always prompts questions, and questions are always welcome.  *This is a bus facilitated walking tour.  Space is limited, please pre-register.

Survey of American Victorian House Styles presented by Craig Zabel.
This illustrated talk will explore selected American houses during the Victorian era (ca. 1837-1901), including Gothic Revival cottages/villas, Catharine Beecher’s American Woman’s Home, the Octagon Mode, New York tenements, Queen Anne & Shingle Style houses, Newport mansions, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Home.

Bring Your Building Issue to an Expert. Consultations by Mack Mahan and Gil Morrison.
We’ve assembled a group of old house experts who will review building issues submitted in advance. If you are looking for advice, consider enrolling in this session and submitting your building issue. Persons signing up for this session will receive an email inviting them to respond with a detailed statement of their problem with photos if possible. If your issue is selected, you will be notified and assigned a twenty-minute time slot between 9am and 4pm on Saturday. Show up and discuss the best solution to your problem with an expert who has already given the matter some thought. The sessions will be public and may attract a small audience. Submit your application here.

Tour of the American Philatelic Society Facility led by Ken Martin.
The 2017 Old House Fair is held in a rescued and repurposed set of grand old buildings that once comprised the Pennsylvania Match Company Factory. Established in 1899 by four Bellefonte businessmen, the facility flourished in the early years of the twentieth century and grew to become one of the largest producers of matches in the United States. It operated between 1900 and 1947. Today, the 18 connected buildings of the Match Factory have been refurbished and house the national headquarters of the American Philatelic Society and several other uses. The factory complex with its high red brick walls, corbelled cornices, segmental arched windows, varied roof lines and vast interior spaces provides a perfect venue for our celebration of historic architecture.

Saturday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Caring for Heritage Trees presented by Ian Groy.

Achieving Energy Efficiency in Old Houses presented by Brian Henderson.
In this session, we will learn how to ensure that heating and cooling equipment will operate at optimum efficiency for as long as possible, while delivering ideal occupant comfort to the home. We will go beyond factory settings and learn how to dial in high efficiency furnaces, boilers and heat pumps.

Case Studies in Restoration presented by Michael Immel.
Michael Immel is a life-long resident of Centre County and an instructor of engineering and researcher at Penn State in the Harold & Inge Marcus Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering.  He and his wife, Tara, are also accomplished historic home restoration enthusiasts within the Centre region, with many historic preservation awards and accolades for their projects. Their most recent project is the 1870 Valentine Mansion on East Curtin Street in Bellefonte. Previous projects include the 1803 Bellefonte Forge House and an 1815 farm in Julian.  The 8,300-sq.ft. Valentine Mansion was originally a single-family home built by Robert Valentine. Sometime in its history it was converted into seven apartments. In September 2008, the home suffered a damaging fire and was slated to be demolished. Michael purchased the property a month after it burned to save it from demolition and began the clean-up and restoration process. He will discuss the steps that he and Tara took to completely rebuild the historic property and how they worked to preserve the home for future generations.  Attendees at the session will learn about steps that Michael and Tara Immel took to restore the Valentine Mansion to its former grandeur as a large and historic family home.  The topics Michael will address include: historic preservation and home restoration.

Maintenance and Restoration Planning presented by Regis Will.
Are you the new owner of a vintage home and don’t know where to begin? Are you trying to get your home’s maintenance on a schedule and a budget? If so, come and learn how to distinguish the serious issues from those that can wait. Also learn how to create a maintenance cycle for your home to keep small issues from becoming large ones and keep maintenance costs in check.

Saturday 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Planning a Victorian Garden presented by Mary Sorensen.

Dealing with Mold and Moisture in Older Homes presented by Gil Morrison.
Excessive moisture is a key factor with mold and mildew problems.  This presentation will address ways to address moisture in older homes and will tackle the issues with mold contamination and clean-up.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Exterior Woodwork: Maintenance and Repair presented by Regis Will.
Vintage homes mean exterior woodwork. These columns, posts, railings, brackets and moldings define the style and character of your home. This workshop will cover regular maintenance practices, stabilization techniques, repair methods, and wood selection.

Mitigating Fire Risk in Older Homes presented by Tim Knisley.

Visit our Old House Fair Archive for the programming and speakers that were offered in 2016!