2017 Missouri Preservation Conference

Session Descriptions

Sessions | Workshops | Tours
Session: denotes educational session

Tour: denotes a group tour

Workshop: denotes Advanced or Technical Training Workshops

Educational Levels

(B) = Basic

(I)  = Intermediate

(A) = Advanced


Wednesday, May 17

8:30-9:45 | 1A: Mock Historic Preservation Commission and Panel (B)

Anyone who has served on a local historic preservation commission understands that public hearings can be a challenge. Commission members and staff must juggle between proper meeting procedures, ethical standards, design review, public input, and more. Join us for a mock commission meeting that will be both highly entertaining and informative, touching on all the essential details of effective meeting operation in a fun, interactive format.

Speaker: Brad Wolf, City Historic Preservation Officer, City of Kansas City

8:30-11:30 | 1B: Historic Building Development Workshop, Pt 1 (A)

  • 8:30-9:45 

  • Through the Eyes of the Reviewers: Explore the SHPOs Current Review Process

Experience the tax credit application review process through the eyes of the reviewers in the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office. Be informed of the goals and current procedures of the office. Gain insights into what to expect with the review of your next application and suggestions for expediting it. The application you submit may be complete in your mind, but what does the reviewer see? Does your written text reflect the scope of work proposed on the drawings? Learn more about the process and how to facilitate it with some tips shared during this session.

Speakers: Toni Prawl, Director, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office; Thom Kuntzman, Historical Architect II, SHPO; Rebecca Ward, Historical Architect II, SHPO

  • 10:15-11:30

  •  Should I Insulate These Historic Masonry Walls?

Historic buildings with exterior masonry walls are often perceived to be inefficient. Should you insulate these walls? The answer is not as simple as yes or no. Every building is unique, with differing interior conditions. Some have plaster applied directly to the masonry, some have wood studs set inside the masonry and plaster on lathe– then it is tempting to fill that void. Care must be taken so that the solution applied to the existing construction does not create unwanted damage. Evaluation of existing conditions, simple diagrams and calculations are necessary to make proper decisions and find appropriate solutions.

Speaker: Joy Coleman, Principal, TreanorHL

  • Integration of Contemporary Building Systems into Historic Buildings

Installation of new building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, telecom, security) in historic buildings is often needed to meet user expectations and code compliance. The successful integration of these systems into historic buildings is a challenge, while maintaining the building’s significant historic spaces and original building fabric– these buildings were not designed to support heavy mechanical equipment, duct work chases, sprinkler piping or telecom cables. It requires early identification of the appropriate systems as well as rigorous coordination between design and construction team members. Learn about various approaches and basic strategies for communicating the desired result from system integration case studies.

Speaker: Dana Gould, Architect, TreanorHL

  •  When is it Time to Call a Structural Engineer?

We have all heard the horror stories of sudden collapses of walls or entire buildings during a renovation project and many times the contractors working on the project seem to think that they know whether that crack, leaning column, sloping floor, or bulging wall is a problem and often thing digging out the basement or removing an interior wall are not a big deal or have their own idea of how to fix it, but that may not be the safest solution or the one that will correct the true problem. How do you know if you have a potential structural issue or when is it time to call in a structural engineer?

Speakers: Joseph Carpenter, KPFF

8:30-11:30 | 1C: Maintaining Your Historic Property Workshop (B)

Using the historic 8th & Center St. Baptist Church as a focus, we will look at developing preservation/maintenance techniques and strategies necessary to overcome deferred maintenance. Matters also addressed include building inspection & survey, compiling a maintenance manual, developing long range preservation/maintenance programs, and establishing a cyclical maintenance program and finally addressing fundraising.

Speakers: Scott Meyer, Owner, River City Restorations, Inc.; Faye Dant, Executive Director, Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center

10:15-11:30 | 2A: A Tour of Ilasco: An Immigrant Community in a Cement Company Town (B)

The story of Ilasco and its people will be told as we visit the monuments and what remains of the former business section of the town. The Village of Ilasco was created when large numbers of Immigrants came to work at the newly built Atlas Portland Cement plant in 1903. The Village grew to 3000 residents as the plant employed as many as 2500 workers at one time and the need to live nearby was important. We hope to provide a snapshot of the people and the families who lived in Ilasco and worked at the cement plant. The company town was dissolved in the 1960’s.

Speakers: Rachel Barnhart, Historic Preservation Specialst, Rosin Preservation; David and Sally Polc, Ilasco Area Historical Preservation Society

2:00-3:15 | 4A: Grave Information: Cultural Insights Gained Through the Archaeological Investigations of Historic Burial Grounds (B)

Human remains at historic burial grounds can provide valuable forensic information, but the material remains can provide just as important information concerning past cultures. Although these materials reflect changing ideas on death, they also reflect the cultures of living. Insights gained through archaeological investigations of burial grounds dating from the French Colonial times to the late 1800s will be described, and the new insights revealed by these investigations will be discussed.

Speakers: Joe Harl, Senior Cultural Resource Specialist, Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis, Inc; Robin Machiran, Senior Cultural Resource Specialist, Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis, Inc.

2:00-3:15 | 4B: Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center Tour (B)

In a town that celebrates all things Twain, Jim’s Journey recognizes one of Twain’s most complex yet locally under-represented literary figures: Jim, the runaway slave and friend to Huck Finn. We all know Jim is a fictional character, but we have learned that he was based on a real person, Daniel Quarles. As Hannibal’s first African American history museum, our mission is to honor Daniel Quarles’ legacy and to glimpse what life was like for him, his descendants and other African Americans living in 19th- and 20th-century Hannibal.  Explore Hannibal’s newest museum with the director!

Speaker: Faye Dant, Executive Director, Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center

2:00-5:00 | 4C: Historic Building Development Workshop, Pt 2 (A)

  • 2:00-3:25 

  • Historic Districts Lite

Many neighborhoods and communities are not prepared to undertake extensive design review to preserve their historic buildings, but do recognize the importance of protecting the investments by property owners by ensuring that new renovation or new construction projects do not detract from the historic character of the area. Many communities are looking to the creation of conservation districts to provide this protection. Recently, St. Louis implemented local ordinances to create a minimal design review through conservation districts in neighborhoods that do not have locally designated historic districts with design review ordinances. In reviewing how the St. Louis Cultural Resources Offices and the Historic Preservation Board succeeded in creating what is often termed “historic districts lite” you can see what to expect in those design reviews even where there is not a designated historic district or how to create a similar program in your own community.

Speaker: David Richardson, Partner Real Estate, Development and Construction, Husch Blackwell

  • Tips and Tricks for Historic Tax Credits: How to Not Leave Credits on the Table

In reviewing the expenses and preparing the cost certifications for historic tax credit projects, CPAs often find that clients are not providing enough detail to maximize the credits. This session will highlight some of the tips that will provide the opportunity to increase the items identified as qualified rehab expenses on any size project, reviewing how to structure invoices to show more accurate detail, pointing out expenses that are often overlooked as project eligible costs, looking at ongoing project documentation and organization and examining how multiple credit programs affect the cost review process.

Speakers: Dave Finkling, Manager, Tax Services, Ander CPAs and Advisors; Michael Goff, Manager, Tax Supervisor, Anders CPAs and Advisors

  • 3:35-5:00 

  • Finding More Dollars for Your Historic Project

Historic tax credit projects can benefit from other tax credit programs– New Markets, affordable housing, energy credits can add viable financing to developments. By providing models of how to use these programs as a financing vehicle for projects in conjunction with historic tax credits, even smaller projects can learn how to leverage these credit programs.

Speakers: Chris Johnston, Partner, MarksNelson, LLC; Mike Marsh, Parnter, MarksNelson, LLC


2:00-5:00 | 4D: Historic Wood Window Repair Workshop (B-A)

Wood Window Repair will be a fun and intense three hour hands-on workshop about the repair & weatherization of historic double hung windows. Nationally known preservation trades artisan, author, former PBS host & educator, Bob Yapp will be leading the workshop in the woodworking studio of his Hannibal based school, The Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation.

Speaker: Bob Yapp, Owner/Founder, Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation

3:45-5:00 | 5A: Using Federal Laws to Advocate for Historic Properties (B)

In this session the presenters will explain how resource advocates can use existing federal historic preservation laws to advocate for historic resources that are endangered by federally funded projects. Participants will learn how to work within Section 106, Section 4(f) and NEPA to advocate for preservation outcomes.

Speakers: Amanda Burke, Historic Preservation Specialist, SHPO

Karen Daniels, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, Missouri Department of Transportation

3:45-5:00 | 5B: Getting to Know the Network to Freedom and Researching the Underground Railroad (B)

This presentation will introduce the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, which was established in 1998 and coordinates commemoration, preservation, and educational efforts that relate to the important history of the Underground Railroad. While it is often thought that because secrecy was a necessary component of the Underground Railroad that we cannot really know about it, this presentation will show how to research and document this history, especially as it relates to Missouri. Hopefully, encouraging participants to embark on their own investigations of this important history, which is considered the nation’s first civil right’s movement.

Speaker: Deanda Johnson, Midwest Regional Coordinator, National Park Service Freedom Program

Thursday, May 18


8:30-9:45 | 6A: Using Local Legends to Uncover History (B)

Many historians prefer not to discuss ghosts and horrible histories, yet people are fascinated by these tales. Victoria Cosner, author of Missouri’s Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers and Macabre Medicine shows how you can “true crime” local legends about your historic structures and use it to bring awareness and new audiences. Discussions will include the pros and cons of paranormal tourism and keeping the history in these projects.

Speaker: Victoria Cosner, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

8:30-11:30 | 6B: Historic Building Development Workshop, Pt 3 (A)

  • 8:30-9:45 

  • Application Phasing, Submission Options and Qualifications

The nuances of how to define your basis and what to identify as the time period for the federal substantial rehabilitation basis period can feel like a master chess tournament. Should you identify the project as a phased federal application to garner a 60-month basis period, instead of the 24-month basis period? What ramifications does that have for additional documentation to the National Park Service with your federal application or reporting to the IRS? How does this affect your submission for Missouri historic credits both at the submittal and with the cost certification process?

Speakers: Bill Gawrych, Partner, Real Estate Services and Assurances Services Groups, RubinBrown; John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service; Karen Bode Baxter, Preservation Specialist

  • Keeping Applications on Track

Historic tax credit application review can come to a grinding halt at the National Park Service for some simple procedural issues that should be evaluated and incorporated into the submission. This session will review some of the most common reasons that applications are put on hold and explain how to handle them when preparing the application, for example: complying with the owner consent requirement, determining if the rehab project is more than one building requiring separate applications, calculating whether it is a separate building or just an addition, and expecting a Part 3 sign off/approval without completing all phases of the rehab.

Speaker: John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service

  • Thinking Ahead– Planning for Maximum Flexibility

In planning historic building development projects, it is important to realize that some major components will likely change before the rehab project is complete, whether it is the intended use of the building after rehab, the sequencing or scope of construction, or even major design elements. It is especially critical that early planning and applications allow for the maximum flexibility in making these changes without jeopardizing the historic tax credit approval. IT could be a matter of when and in what areas to schedule abatements and selective demolition or how to identify the significant features or period of significance in the National Register nomination that restrict whether your particular design submission will be approved or if you can submit your project for final review. Thinking strategically early in your planning to allow for maximum flexibility is critical for the ultimate success of your redevelopment project no matter how plans evolve over time.

Speaker: John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service

  • 10:15-11:30 

  • Restoring/Reconstructing Missing Features– Choices and Considerations

Most historic building rehabilitation projects are faced with damaged or missing historic features and some are easier to repair or reconstruct than others. The growth and success of the historic preservation industry has provided a wide variety of materials to replace missing or damaged details on historic buildings, but how do you determine if it is appropriate for your building? This session will examine a variety of these features and explore options for replacement materials whether that is roofing materials, pressed metal details, porch elements, exterior wall materials, storefront framing, doors, or interior trim and finishes.

Speakers: John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service

Thom Kuntzman, Historical Architect II, SHPO

Rebecca Ward, Historical Architect II, SHPO

8:30-11:30 | 6C: Old Baptist Cemetery (Stone Repair) Workshop (B)

Join Gary Keshner at the Old Baptist Cemetery to learn about the best practices for cemetery maintenance. This will include a hands-on demonstration of how to clean stones as well as a demonstration of stone patching and easy ways to level stones. This workshop is open to individuals of all skill levels.

Speaker: Gary Keshner, Cathedral Stone Products

10:15-11:30 | 7A: Stained Glass Restoration (I)

Have you ever wondered why stained glass windows fail? In this session learn safety and proper practices for leaded stained glass restoration. Also learn about the proper way to use exterior protective glazing systems.

Speaker: Ronald Bovard, CEO/Owner, Bovard Studio, Inc.

1:45-3:00 | 9A: Gateway National Bank: Missouri’s First Black-Owned Commercial Bank (B)

At the turn of the twentieth century, St. Louis, Missouri, had a black population of slightly more than 35,000 people. The city ranked second to Baltimore in the percentage of African Americans in the population. A decade later in 1910, St. Louis was the fourth largest U.S. city behind New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The African American population was 43,960, a 6.4 percent increase from 1900, representing the third largest urban black population increase after Kansas City and Indianapolis at 9.5 and 9.3 percent, respectively. The city was growing and African American businessmen believed that the black business community of St. Louis should be representative of that growth and development. In 1915, the St. Louis Argus newspaper publisher Joseph E. Mitchell editorialized that he was determined “to bend his every effort to lift black St. Louis to the place it should occupy in the nation.” A part of that uplift was black business development. Black community leaders such as Mitchell believed that financial backing was an integral part of the uplift process. To that end, three financial institutions were founded and developed in St. Louis by black business leaders—New Age Savings and Loan Association (1915), People’s Loan and Finance Company, incorporated as People’s Finance Corporation (1922), and Gateway National Bank (1964).

Speakers: Ruth Keenoy, Historic Preservation Specialist

Dr. Debra Greene, Interim Provost/VPAA, Lincoln University

1:45-4:30 | 9B: Cement Foundry Field Session (B)

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between cement and concrete? Learn about the local cement foundry and how the foundry and cement business shaped the greater Hannibal area.

Speaker: Frank Salter

1:45-4:30 | 9C: Restoration of Historic Faux Finishes, Gilding and Murals Workshop (I-A)

Susan Greene, a renowned artisan in Historic Preservation, will be presenting a workshop on both wood graining and marbleizing. The marble type that will be taught is a combination of Verde Aver and Verde Malachite. These provide learning techniques in both applying and removing the glaze to create veins and depth. The wood type that will be taught is Crotch Cut Mahogany. This is a more difficult type of wood to replicate but techniques taught will provide knowledge into other types of faux wood graining techniques like oak and walnut. Materials will be provided. Some may need to be shared.  Come ready to create and get your hands a little dirty.

Speaker: Susan Greene, Owner/Founder, Paint Imagery, LLC.

3:15-4:45 | 10A: Describing Historic Neighborhoods (I)

Join Karen Bode Baxter and Esley Hamilton as they bus through Hannibal’s Central Park and Maple Avenue historic districts, which reflect the city’s heyday as a railroading and lumbering center.  They will explain how they determined logical boundaries for the National Register districts, how they classified the architectural styles of the buildings, and how they distinguished original building features from alterations, some of which were historic in themselves.

Speakers: Karen Bode Baxter, Preservation Specialist

Esley Hamilton, Historian, St. Louis County Parks


Friday, May 19

8:30-9:45 | 11A: Stonework Restoration: Basics of Carved and Tooled Finishes (I)

Older and historic masonry buildings were frequently embellished with tooled and/or carved stonework. Even a simple vernacular building may display finer finishes at doors, windows or steps. A high style commercial building or home may include highly finished stones throughout one or all facades. Restoring a building with finished stonework that has deteriorated requires being able to describe the finishes to be recreated. The basics of carving and tooling will be discussed, described and demonstrated.

Speakers: Karl Ramberg, Owner, Ramberg Stone Works

Julia E. Manglitz, Associate Principal, Treanor Architects

8:30-12:45 | 11B: City of Palmyra Field Session (B)

Join Jim Talley of Talley Classic Properties on a journey through the nearby city of Palmyra and see the many historic homes it has to offer.

Speaker: Jim Talley, Owner/Founder, Talley Classic Properties

8:30-12:45 | 11C: Plaster Repair Workshop (A) 

This workshop will teach the basics of plastering and how to do your own plaster repair and patching. Learn the differences between plaster and drywall, the chemical reaction that takes place as well as safety and simple short cuts to make work quick but still achieve outstanding results. Simple, repetitive exercises will be taught to give attendees command of the tools so they get more plaster on the walls and not themselves. This workshop will include hands-on patchwork on easels, texture matching and blending and an intro to 3 coat work. Expect an informal Q&A session while you get knee-deep in plaster.  Be prepared to get dirty and no open-toed shoes! Maximum 8 participants.

Speaker: Eric Aulbach, Owner, Plastering by Eric Aulbach

10:00-11:15 | 12A: Historic Chimney & Fireplace Preservation (I)

What homeowners should know about options for historic chimney and fireplace preservation and restoration before making any repairs or changes. Save time and money by getting the facts about how to bring historic chimneys up to current codes and standards while preserving the historic appearance. Find out what options are available regarding the use of open fireplaces and what modifications may be made in order to use a fireplace for wood or gas burning, or use of an historic look yet modern high-efficiency fireplace insert. Learn about chimney liner systems and liner repair methods that are available, and exterior historic brick and stone restoration. See samples of historic chimney restoration photos and find out how to find a qualified historic chimney restoration specialist.

Speakers: Marge Padgitt, President, HearthMasters,Inc.

Gene Padgitt, Vice President, HearthMasters, Inc.

11:30-12:45 | 13A: Missouri’s Historic Bridge Program (B)

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) operates a statewide bridge program, and works with local participating agencies (LPA) who are replacing their bridges. Learn about the Section 106 process for bridges, how MoDOT and LPA work to avoid or minimize effects on historic bridges and common mitigation measures. Also learn how the public and consulting parties can be involved in projects.

Speaker: Karen Daniels, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, Missouri Department of Transportation