Discover the historic charm of Mount Airy with Preservation North Carolina (PNC), as the organization hosts a two‐day conference, September 29 and 30, covering a wide range of topics related to preservation, architecture, conservation, and much more. The conference will feature lectures, site visits to Renfro Mills, Old North State Winery and NC Granite, the presentation of the 2011 PNC Awards for remarkable service in historic preservation, and keynote speakers Mary Means and David Dixon.
Mary Means will speak on Thursday, on how to make preservation successful in the 21st century. Means is recognized as a national leader in heritage development in the United States. Prior to forming the community planning firm she heads, Means was Vice President of National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she is most well-known for having created the National Main Street program, an integrated approach to small town revitalization which has now helped more than 2,000 communities in North America bring life back into their older town centers.
David Dixon, speaking on Friday, will discuss preservation in the age of walk score (a method used to determine the “walkability” of an address, and an excellent tool for property professionals). David Dixon leads Goody Clancy’s Planning and Urban Design division. His work has won national awards from the American Institute of Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, Society for College and University Planning, and American Society of Landscape Architects.
Additional session topics include creative solutions for downtown revitalization, using the historic tax credits for renovation, a two‐part discussion on preserving and interpreting sites of conscience, a presentation on new discoveries in Edenton, and the Gertrude Smith House. Evening events include a block party, tours of the Andy Griffith Museum, a concert, and a ghost tour.
The conference is open to all and pre‐registration is required by calling 919‐832‐3625 x 238 or online at www.presnc.org. Cost per day is $50, and fees for individual events vary. For detailed pricing information and a complete conference schedule, please visit the website at www.presnc.org/conference.
About Preservation North Carolina
For more information about historic properties available for restoration and an introductory copy of our magazine, contact PNC at P.O. Box 27644, Raleigh, NC 27611‐ 7644, by phone at 919‐832‐3652 x 238, or visit the web site at www.PreservationNC.org.
Since 1939, PNC has protected and promoted hundreds of buildings and landscapes important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. As North Carolina’s only private, nonprofit statewide preservation organization, PNC protects historic properties by identifying, purchasing and reselling them through its highly effective Endangered Properties Program. It also promotes preservation through its stewardship properties, educational programs, public recognition program, DVDs and publications. PNC is supported through the generosity of nearly 5,000 members. Members receive a magazine, which features properties available for rehabilitation and articles of interest. Join PNC and make North Carolina a better place for present and future generations.