Session Descriptions

Session descriptions are for 2018 Conference in Sedalia. Check back in 2019 for the St. Joseph Conference information.


Sessions | Workshops | Tours
CLG Track: denotes educational session in Certified Local Government track

General Track: denotes classes/tours in for general interest in Preservation

Advanced Building Development Track: denotes workshops and sessions within the Advanced Building Development Track


Wednesday, May 2

8:30-9:45 | 1A Facade Workshop: Storefront Design Lecture

More information forthcoming. This workshop will provide valuable information to members of Certified Local Government communities as well as developers.

Speaker: John Sandor, National Park Service; Peter Franks, The Franks Design Group, PC

8:30-9:45 | 1B Sold! Educating & Working with Real Estate Agents

This presentation is based on years of working with and educating real estate agents to help them understand and “myth-bust” the many misconceptions real estate agents often have in regards to historic preservation. Audrey Elder’s Continued Education course is certified in both the states of Missouri and Kansas association of realtors. This presentation will offer insight into the real estate transaction process and how designation is disclosed to potential buyers. The presentation will also explain the many myths many real estate agents presume to be facts as well as how local preservationists and groups can work with real estate agents to promote historic preservation in their region.

Speaker: Audrey Elder, Past to Present Research LLC

10:15-11:30 | 2A Facade Workshop: Downtown Tours 

This portion of the workshop will include walking through the Sedalia downtown to view various examples of storefronts. Groups will be assigned to a building during this session.

Speakers: John Sandor, National Park Service; Peter Franks, The Franks Design Group, PC

10:15-11:30 | 2B Henry Hohenscheild: Missouri’s Forgotten Architect

Active in politics, social organization, and writing, Henry Hohenschild’s most profound influence was on the built environment. A largely self-trained architect, Hohenschild began professionally designing at the age of 16. During his long career, he designed dozens of courthouses in Missouri and countless structures and buildings in at least four states. Later in life, his career was rocked by scandal. Despite his wide contributions politically, socially and architecturally, Hohenschild has been largely forgotten.

Speakers: Ryan Reed, Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office; Ruth Keenoy, Keenoy Preservation

10:15-11:30 | 2C City Stewardship: Engaging Public Investment and Protection

Discover how the City of Sedalia engaged in public and private sector projects over the past decade to provide responsible stewardship of historic assets. Examples will include Public Works projects, non-profit partnerships and private-public partnerships. These projects include the rehabilitation of a historic viaduct, preservation of a downtown landmark, streetscape investment, multi-family private development, and more.

Speakers: John Simmons, City of Sedalia

1:45-3:00 | 2A Facade Workshop: Downtown Tour

This portion of the workshop will include walking through the Sedalia downtown to view various examples of storefronts. Groups will be assigned to a building during this session.

Speakers: John Sandor, National Park Service; Peter Franks, The Franks Design Group, PC

1:45-3:00| 3B Hit the Road– Identification and Evaluation of Historic Roadways

HIstoric roads, like all linear resources, present challenges to preservationists. How do we research these resources? What elements have integrity? What are reasonable boundaries? How do we determine if a historic property is even present? MoDOT’s historic preservation section confronts these issues regularly and will pass along our knowledge and best practices, along with recently released guidance from TRB, to help everyone research, identify and evaluate historic roads.

Speaker: Karen Daniels, Missouri Department of Transportation; Ashley Porter, Missouri Department of Transportation

1:45-3:00 | 3C House Story: How to Research Sites & Structures

As commonly said, every house has a story. As does every building, site and structure. During this session, attendees will be introduced to the myriad of reasons why people research the history of sites and structures, gain basic to intermediate knowledge about how to conduct such research, and learn about the resources available, as well as research DO’s and DON’Ts.

Speaker: Jill Sullivan, Post Art Library

3:15-4:00 | 4A Enemies of Masonry

In working with historic buildings for over 2 decades, several common observations have been made about what deteriorates masonry construction, whether it be load bearing masonry walls, or infill masonry in frame construction.  This Advanced Building Development Track discusses the common observations, with loads of photographic examples.  The affects on masonry include water, temperature changes, settlement, trees, concrete frame shrinkage, international style modernism, and stupid human tricks among others.

Speaker: Alan Scott, KPFF Consulting Engineers

3:15-4:00 | 4B Plaster Workshop

Based on the popularity of last year’s plaster workshop, we are bringing back Eric for an even more extensive, hands-on workshop so that everyone has a chance to participate. in this beginner course of plaster repair, attendees will learn the basic tools of the plastering trade and understand the components that make up the best plaster mixtures. Attendees will get the opportunity to watch experienced plasterer, Eric Aulbach, patch portions of the historic Sedalia Trust building and even get a chance to do some of the work themselves.

Speakers: Eric Aulbach, STL Plastering

3:15-5:00 | 4C Midtown TIF District Mobile Workshop

Tour three non-profit properties and the Sedalia downtown streetscape to understand how TIF funds were leveraged to fund building capital needs and city infrastructure improvements to pave the way for private investment.  This walking tour will take you to two theaters with distinctly different missions, the landmark Sedalia Trust Building and the changes happening due to this approach.  Hear about the impact directly from these non-profit TIF partners and a private developer.

Speaker: John Simmons, City of Sedalia; Meg Liston, SSDI

Thursday, May 3

8:30-11:30 | 5A Facade Workshop: Design Charrette

Groups in the facade workshop will use this time to research their storefronts and create a sketch of the proposed changes. Each group will be paired with an architect to help them complete the drawings.

Speaker: John Sandor, National Park Service; Peter Franks, The Franks Design Group, PC

8:30-9:45 | 5B The New Normal: Grappling with Mid-20th Century Rehabs

As buildings from the late 1960’s and 1970’s become eligible for National Register listing, the design and materials of these buildings present unique challenges to preservation. This session will explore issues that can arise when Mid-20th Century and Modern Movement buildings are rehabilitated and adaptively reused. First, we will discuss the complexities associated with listing Modern structures on the National Register, including establishing significance and integrity issues. Next, we will explore some of the unique architectural characteristics of Modern buildings that can make rehab a challenge, such as windows, wall cladding, interiors and the durability and unique  design and application of modern materials. Case studies featuring Mid-century Modern buildings that have received historic tax credits will examine the specific design and preservation issues each faced and how they were resolved to meet the Secretary of Interior’s Standards.

Speakers: Kristen McSparren, Rosin Preservation; Elizabeth Rosin, Rosin Preservation

 8:30-11:30 | 5C Katy Depot Mobile Workshop

The Sedalia Katy Depot is both a symbol  and an artifact of Sedalia’s railroad heritage. Originally constructed in 1896, the depot served passenger trains until 1958. It was the first property in Sedalia to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The depot is now home to the Sedalia Visitor’s Center and houses three exhibit galleries, the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Scott Joplin Heritage Foundation and a bike shop. Get a behind the scenes look at the building and hear about the $3 million restoration.

Speaker: Deb Biermann, Sedalia Heritage Foundation

10:15-11:30 | 6B Redevelopment Resources 

Do talks on tax credits and Brownfields often go over your head? This session will discuss a variety of resources available to both the large and small-scale developer, including the basics on navigating the Brownfield redevelopment process and the Missouri Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

Speaker: Catherine Jones, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Maggie Weiser, KSU Technical Assistant to Brownfields; Sabine Martin, CTOR SolutionsKaren Bode Baxter

2:00-3:15 | 7A Historic Tax Credits and More

Tax Credits and More – We will begin with an update on the new tax law’s impact on historic tax credits and real estate activities, then will provide guidance on working with tax exempt organizations.  We will wrap up by discussing how to get small commercial deals done using federal historic tax credits – bring your questions!

Speakers: Chris Johnston, MarksNelson; Mike Marsh, MarksNelsonBill Gawrych, Rubin Brown

2:00-3:15 | 7B Case Study: Historic Structure Report, “1872 Neosho Colored School.”

The first public school attended by famed scientist George Washington Carver is located in Neosho, Missouri. Although the school building has survived, by the late 20th century, it was so altered that its early function was nearly forgotten. This session will review the process of creating a Historic Structure Report for the building, as well as preservation activities that have occurred since the report was completed in 2012.

Speaker: Deb Sheals, Historic Preservation Consultant; Angie Geist Gaebler, STRATA Architecture + Preservation; Al O’Bright, National Park Service; Kim Mailes, Carver Birthplace Association

2:00-5:00 | 7C Plaster Workshop

In this intermediate plaster repair workshop, attendees will review the basics of plaster tools and materials. More hands-on plaster repair opportunities will be available, as students learn to patch on both lath and masonry. Eric will demonstrate various techniques utilizing the historic Sedalia Trust Building and will explain best practices for preservation of historic plaster.

Speaker: Eric Aulbach, STL Plastering

2:00-5:00 | 7D Residential Sedalia Mobile Workshop

Information forthcoming.

Speakers: Rhonda Chalfant, Sedalia Native

3:45-5:00 | 8A Rehabilitation Vs. Preservation: Understanding Design Implications

Determining whether the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation or Standards fro Preservation are most appropriate for a project is a critical decision that must be fully considered early in the design process. Utilizing the Old Courthouse accessibility improvements in St. Louis as a case study, the session will explore two design solutions illustrating the differentiation between Rehabilitation and Preservation standards.

Speakers: Amy Gilbertson, Trivers Associates; Thom Kuntzman, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office


Friday, May 4

8:30-9:45 | 9A Facade Workshop: Presentation of Designs 

All attendees are encouraged to attend the presentation of the facade workshop designs to local Sedalia building owners.

Speakers: John Sandor, National Park Service; Peter Franks, The Franks Design Group, PC

10:15-11:30 | 10A Structural Considerations of the IEBC

This session will discuss the effects decisions in historic renovation projects have on the structural implications of the International Existing Building Code with a particular focus on the seismic triggers. Architectural and programming changes that require a full or partial seismic evaluation will be discussed and in addition, the methodology of the evaluation. Typical strengthening requirements will be presented along with case studies of renovation projects requiring and not requiring evaluation.

Speaker: Chad Schrand, Horner & Shifrin

10:15-11:30 | 10B Building Skin Care: Simple Tips to Maintaining the Integrity of Historic Masonry Walls

To be effective in promoting the value and relevancy of historic masonry construction, persuasive advocacy on the part of preservationists relies on accurate understanding of materials and construction methods of the past.  Being conversant in the proper terms and concepts, empowers those who aim to encourage stewardship of our country’s legacy of solid masonry buildings to offer sound cautionary counsel to owners and builders seeking advice on the proper handling of archaic assemblies of which they may not be familiar. Subjects covered in this overview will enable parties to those conversations to intelligently discuss the constituent concepts related to mortar, masonry, flashing and sealants, surface treatments, and repairs.

Speaker: Frank Rosario, Trivers Associates

10:15-4:00 | 10C Plaster Workshop

In this advanced plaster repair workshop, attendees will review the basics of plaster tools and materials. More hands-on plaster repair opportunities will be available, as students learn to patch on both lath and masonry. Eric will demonstrate various techniques utilizing the historic Sedalia Trust Building and explain best practices for preservation of historic plaster. This portion of the workshop will delve into more advanced techniques, such as moldings.

Speakers: Eric Aulbach, STL Plastering

1:45-4:00 | 11C State Fairground Mobile Workshop

Come get a behind the scenes look at what Sedalia is most known for, the Missouri State Fair! This view of the fairgrounds will include stops inside various fair ground buildings, an overview of the different types of architectural styles, and a look at the Plaza on the fairgrounds that commemorates the cowboys and railroad personnel who helped settle the west!

Speakers: Douglas Kirburz, Trails End Committee; Wendy Faulconer, Missouri State Fair Foundation

1:45-4:00 | 12C Bothwell Lodge Mobile Workshop

Curious about the home peeking out from the trees on the bluff overlooking Sedalia? That is Bothwell Lodge! Learn about the life of John Bothwell and about his impact on the area, and the State of Missouri.  There will also be information given on the furnishings of the lodge as well.

Note: The lodge isn’t heated or air conditioned. There are over 200 stairs in the throughout the home.   The home has no restrooms inside of it.  The only restrooms nearby are found in the building beside the parking lot.