Session Descriptions


Star Wars– The Battle to Save Brick Buildings (1.25 LU|HSW)

Joseph A. Carpenter

Star Was is presented by an experienced structural engineer who is familiar with historic construction methods that utilized the important– and often overlooked– structurally significant stars seen on many older buildings (or in antique stores). The building stars function as wall ties, holding the unreinforced masonry walls together. Many inexperienced rehabbers simply remove and do not replace these wall ties during a gut renovation, and often remove floors and roofs without stabilizing the walls, resulting in the building’s collapse. This session will address the importance of maintaining and replacing the wall tie system when investing in the redevelopment of historic buildings.

Tax Credit 101 (1.25 LU)

Bill Hart, Karen Bode Baxter

This session will provide the very basics of the Federal and Missouri State tax credit programs. Discussed will be the determination of eligibility for proposed projects and basic requirements of the program, including the documentation of existing conditions, and describing the scope of work as it adheres to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for rehabilitation work. Work on a draft application will be included, and accounting and cost documentation/verification practices will also be discussed.

Missouri Theater Tour

Historic Tax Credits Update (1.25 LU)

Christine Johnston, Mike Marsh, Cale Redfern

This session will provide an update on the latest issues regarding the federal and state law changes or pending legislation that affect historic tax credits in Missouri, including the federal transition rules. Additionally, best practices for cost certifications and ownership structuring to maximize federal and state tax credits will be discussed.

Using Section 106 to Benefit Your Community (1.25 LU)

Karen Daniels, Ashley Porter

Local governments (including certified local governments) can benefit from participation in the SEction 106 process to gain enhancements to their communities. Case studies from Missouri Department of Transportation projects will show how the Section 106 process was used by local governments to meet community goals and enhance historic and cultural resources.

St. Joseph Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation

Scott DesPlanques

This session will primarily cover the City of St. Joseph’s Save Our Heritage Grant (SOHG) Program. The presentation will show how SOHG has evolved since its inception in 2002, introduce the source of funding and how it has varied slightly since it started, and recent changes made this year. There will be numerous before and after photos of SOHG successes. The presentation will also cover how the program has it’s occasional unfinished projects and misuse of funds and how the application process has changed to protect SOHG monies. Many SOHG projects have gone on to win St. Joseph Landmark Commission Preservation Awards.

Stained Glass Restoration Workshop

Replacement Window Failures & Lifespans (1.25 LU|HSW)

Joy Coleman, Janet Getz, Corey Thomas

“You know why they are called replacement windows? Because you must keep replacing them.” Windows are one of the most important character-defining features of a historic building. Original wood windows with putty-glazed, single-pane glass can last well over 100 years if properly maintained and protected with an exterior storm. However, we often see a lack of understanding and maintenance effort leading to the removal of original windows and the installation of replacements. In this session, we will evaluate examples of failing replacement windows in historic buildings. The mechanisms of the failure will be explored and reviewed. The lessons these failures teach can lead us to more informed decisions during window selection when replacing a replacement or repairing a replacement window.

Signs of the Times– Neon and Beyond (1.25 LU)

Karen Daniels

Advertising signs extensively evolved across the twentieth century. The different types of common advertising signs, their characteristics and the periods when they were common will be examined. Common themes in advertising signs across the century will also be discussed.

Modern Matters: Identifying and Preserving Modern Architecture (1.25 LU)

Bradley Wolf, Sheila Vemmer

Slowly but surely, communities are recognizing the importance of preserving modern architecture. Learn about Kansas City Modern Architecture historic resource survey, the challenges with preserving these resources, and case studies on adaptive reuse of Modern buildings.


Insulating the Walls of Historic Buildings: Understanding the Benefits, Problems and Best Practices (3 LU|HSW)

Amanda Webb

The question of whether to insulate the walls of historic buildings has been longstanding among preservationists. While adding insulation can improve building energy efficiency, it raises concerns about poorer than expected thermal performance due to thermal bridging and potential damage to historic fabric due to moisture issues. This session reviews the considerations for insulating the walls of historic buildings, and discusses ways in which preservation professionals can approach this problem. The building physics behind the problem will be discussed, as well as current best practice design guidance. Preliminary results from recent research projects addressing this issue will be used to inform broader discussion within the session.

Public Housing from 1950 to 1980 (1.25 LU)

Amanda Loughlin, Rachel Nugent

Rosin Preservation prepared a nationwide historic context for public housing from 1950 to 1980. The context supplements the previously developed context of public housing from 1933 to 1949 and will enable evaluation of later public housing developments that may now be considered historic. The context will serve public housing authorities in regulatory compliance by providing a framework in which to assess significance. Additionally, the study adds to the body of knowledge for a nationwide property type and explores the associated policy and context for its development. This session will discuss the results of this thematic study and implications for its use in preservation of public housing.

Mount Mora Cemetery Cleaning Workshop (3 LU|HSW)

Gary Keshner

Discover the history of the beautiful Mt. More Cemetery while also learning the best practices for the cleaning, restoration and repair of historic headstones and cemetery structures.

Architectural Resources at the State Historical Society (1.25 LU)

Rachel Forester

The State Historical Society of Missouri is home to numerous collections concerning the built environment. These collections include the records of architectural firms, the papers of local architects, and nearly seventeen thousand sets of architectural drawings documenting residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional structures not only in the state of Missouri, but also throughout the country. During this session, attendees will hear about the vast architectural and landscape architecture collections held by The State Historical Society of Missouri. Attendees will learn what resources are available, how to conduct research, and how to gain access to the collections.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A Fistful of Facades (1.25 LU|HSW)

Peter Franks

Since 2012, The Franks Design Group has served as the preservation architect for six Downtown Revitalization Façade Rehabilitation projects. These projects in smaller Iowa communities, ranging from populations of 800 to 9,800, have impacted over 100 historic buildings. In this presentation, a selection of those properties will be used to illustrate the full arc of these projects: pre-design documentation and physical assessment; restoration/rehabilitation design strategies & technical considerations; and construction & project completion. The presentation will also reflect on “lessons learned” in managing expectations with multiple building owners in multiple communities. Finally, the presentations will relate how these types of projects can be used as an advocacy opportunity to stimulate increased historical awareness and ongoing preservation enthusiasm in the participating communities.

Garlinghouse: A Thematic Study (1.25 LU)

Emily Lenhausen, Amanda Loughlin, Rachel Nugent

The Garlinghouse Company published its first plan book titled Bungalow Homes in 1916. The Topeka, Kansas based company grew from residential development to selling pattern house designs nationwide. Rosin Preservation’s thematic study of Garlinghouse homes provides a context for evaluating and listing Garlinghouse homes constructed between 1910 and 1969. This session will explore the methodology used to develop a multiple property documentation form including the context and registration requirements, along with identification and designation of specific examples.

Architectural Legacy of E. J. Eckel (1.25 LU)

Toni Prawl

This presentation is about the academically-trained French architect, E.J. Eckel (1845-1934) from Strasbourg, who attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris as a young man and immigrated to the United States in the 1860s. In 1868, Eckel arrived in St. Joseph, where his career flourished from postwar construction through the early twentieth century. This talk will discuss Eckel’s education at the Ecole, his practice and partnerships, his firms’ projects, and his influence in St. Joseph and beyond.

Advanced Session. Topic: Flooding and Historic Buildings

Reincorporating National Historic Trails into Urban Areas (1.25 LU)

Lauren Manning, Travis Boley, Nic Hutchison

The state of Missouri has six National Historic Trails that pass through various parts of the state. St. Joseph recently partnered with the National Parks Service to host a charette– a week-long planning process– focused on reinvigorating the history of two national historic trails that started in St. Joseph: the Pony Express and California Trail. The charette focused on development of a retracement otrail of the Pony Express Riders from the Patee House and Pony Express Museum to the riverfront where the ferry landing was located. They also developed a riverfront park design and plan for interpretation at several locations throughout St. Joseph regarding the trail of the California gold rush. This process is available to any urban or rural place in Missouri (or any state in the US) that is located along a National Historic Trail.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and Court of Honor: Bringing New Life to a Forgotten Landmark (1.5 LU|HSW)

Erik Biggs, Matt Snelling, Karen Goering, Michelle Ohle, Jennifer Plocher Wilkins

This session looks into bringing Soldiers Memorial and the Court of Honor, two prominently placed landmarks in downtown St. Louis, back to relevance. Prior to this project, the 80 year old building suffered from years of deferred maintenance, unacceptable accessibility conditions, and despite having some of the most prestigious artifacts in the country, an inability to draw patrongs. Just as with the building, these poor conditions and historic considerations apply to the Court of Honor and surrounding landscape. This session will focus on maintaining the historic context of the building and site, while taking the steps necessary to resolve these issues for a 21st century audience.


Challenges of Gilded Age Masonry– Leavenworth Union Depot (1.25 LU|HSW)

Julia Mathias Manglitz

The Riverfront Community Center started life as the Union Depot serving Leavenworth, including the Fort. Designed by Chicago architects Cobb and Frost, the 1888 Romanesque style depot was built with sandstone and pressed brick. Operated by a consortium of railroads led by the Union Pacific, the depot was ultimately decommissioned in 1963. Owned privately for nearly 20 years, it sold to the City of Leavenworth as it neared the century mark. Despite efforts to repair the Gilded Age masonry in the 1980s; by 2010 weathering and decay had taken a toll on the sandstone. The deterioration caused concern for building users’ safety and distress in the adjoining brick masonry. Restoring the masonry required determining the extent of stone replacement necessary, identifying an appropriate substitute stone and recreating lost details. Material testing included load testing adhesive anchors. Limited removal and reinstallation of brick during design confirmed construction as well as deterioration mechanisms. The interplay of brick and stone required dismantling and rebuilding the west gable end wall. Funding constraints necessitated dividing the project into discrete phases that could be standalone projects.

Preservation Education for Kids and Adults (1.25 LU)

Cole Klawuhn, Sara Wilson

In this session, employees of the St. Joseph Museums will discuss Historic Preservation themed education programming organized at their institution over the last five years. Starting with the Preservation Expo in May of 20`5, the Coffee and Gingerbread talks at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, and recently with the Arkidtecture Club– each program encourages a better understanding of the built environment and the significance of the city’s historical structures.

Tour of Downtown St. Joseph

Mid-Century Modern Commercial Design & Materials (1.25 LU|HSW)

Carol Dyson

Not sure what to do with that 1940s car dealership building, 1950s bank remodeling, or 1960s slipcover? During the mid-twentieth century commercial building design changed dramatically, reflecting the influences of automobiles, changing commerce, technological innovations in materials.  We’ll look at how and why those mid-twentieth century commercial buildings look the way they do, and identify the materials and assemblies used. Then we’ll end with some treatment options and case studies.

A Short Course in Historic Structures Reports: What Why When Where and How (1.25 LU)

Royce Yeater

This session will focus on Historic Structures Reports, what they include and why they matter, and how to encourage sites to use them as a definitive planning and stewardship tool. It will also cover information on the Jeffris Family Foundation and their funding of HSRs and how that can lead to a relationship involving capital funding for eligible projects.

Postcards and Perspectives of Uncommon Character (1.25 LU)

Emily Baumann, Cole Woodbury

Uncommon Character Postcards Photography is a social media based project. In 2018, Uncommon Character partnered with a local social media creator and a local historian to showcase historical imagery through vintage postcards juxtaposed with the current location in a photo. These photos were shared with researched descriptions of the history and evolution of the locations. This project features many preserved or work-in-progress locations to raise awareness and inform the public.

New Rules: State Historic Tax Credit Summit

Harris-Kemper Neighborhood Homes Tour (1.25 LU|HSW)

Wickie Utley

The guided walking tour in the Harris-Kemper National Historic District will allow participants to experience first hand four (4) different residential styles of architecture: Richardson Romanesque, Italianate, Queen Anne and American Foursquare. Participants will experience key elements of each style exteriorly as well as interior elements, to include original flooring, stain glass, tile work, wainscoting, etc. while also learning about the home’s original inhabitants and their influence on the design.

Historic Wood Window Repair and Restoration: Crash Course (3 LU|HSW)

Kelsie Grey

This 3-4 hour lecture/demonstration is designed to present historic property owners with the philosophies, methods, and materials behind the repair, restoration, and maintenance of wood windows. There will be hands-on opportunities for those who wish to get a feel for paint stripping, repair work, and glazing, as well as lots of discussion on window anatomy, history, joinery and weatherization.

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