Next week we are excited to be attending the hottest conference in preservation: APT International’s 50th anniversary celebration happening in Buffalo and the Niagara Region of Canada.
Fifty years ago, a group of preservation and conservation professionals from both the United States and Canada came together in New Richmond, Quebec to form a new organization called The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). APT is a is a multi-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving/preserving historic structures and their settings.
This joint American-Canadian organization has grown to include chapters around the world. It is only fitting that this year’s conference is held in Buffalo with events and celebrations on both sides of the border. The conference bills itself as “a point of departure for our next 50 years”, alluding to the fact that at one point in history, Buffalo was one of the most important points of departure on the continent.
Vertical Access has had a long history of involvement in APT since our founding in 1992. Founding Partner Kent Diebolt served as President of the Board of Directors from 2001 – 2003. This year, Evan Kopelson is serving as Co-Chair of the Programs Committee, and also serves with Kristen Olson and Patrick Capruso on the Local Planning Committee. We are excited that some of the events are being held at historic locations that we have personally played a role in revitalizing, including:
- Asbury-Delaware Methodist Church (Babeville) – Site of KS1 – Opening Keynote
- Guaranty Building – Site of SE5 – Alumni Student Scholar Reunion Reception
- Buffalo City Hall – A planned stop during FS21 – Terra Cotta Walking Tour in the Queen City
While there are many field sessions and education opportunities to choose from during this multi-day celebration, two that we had a hand in coordinating are:
What Do Buckingham Palace, Brooklyn Bridge, and Buffalo Have in Common? – Medina Sandstone
(Coordinated by Patrick Capruso): Quarried in Orleans County near the town for which it was named, Medina sandstone was prized by builders and architects for its inherent strength and beauty. Visit some of these iconic structures including site visits to the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Connecticut Street Armory, and stunning ecclesiastic landmarks. During this session, attendees will explore Buffalo’s iconic Medina sandstone structures, including the Richardson Olmsted Campus (originally the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane).
Preservation by the Pint: Revitalization and the Craft Beverage Boom
(Co-coordinated by Kristen Olson): Across the U.S. and Canada, brewers and distillers have successfully adapted many building types, from manufacturing and warehousing structures to former churches, into successful breweries, taprooms, and pubs. These businesses support local economies through purchasing local ingredients. Through “beverage-oriented-development,” the adaptive reuse of a structure can catalyze the revitalization of an entire neighborhood. But what role does infrastructure investment play in beverage-oriented-development?
Photo collage from www.thebarrelfactory.com, the landmark, newly-restored,
115-year-old historic factory in Buffalo’s legendary Old First Ward.
Whether you’re a Belgian beer person or an IPA “hop head,” a martini aficionado or a teetotaler, there will be plenty to see and taste on this field session. We’ll visit local craft beverage businesses, speak with owners about the challenges and of adapting historic buildings, and of course, taste some of their products!
We hope you’ll be joining us at this momentous event where we explore with our colleagues all that is possible in preservation for The Next 50 Years.
For more about the conference, visit: https://www.eventscribe.com/2018/APT/
Vertical Access is a Bronze Sponsor of the conference this year.