Update June 2, 2016: Plenary Session is Full!

If you are interested in attending the afternoon sessions, please contact conference@ptvermont.org to make arraignments. You are also welcome to join us for a group photo in front of the Historic Center Building at 11:15 am and stop by to see local craftspeople restoring historic windows on the green!


2016 Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference
Investing in the Future, Preserving the Past

June 10, 2016
Waterbury, Vermont


Brought to you by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, the Town of Waterbury and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.





8:15am - 9:15am
Registration, Coffee, Networking
St. Leo Hall, 109 S Main Street, Waterbury, VT

9:15am - 10:15am
Opening Remarks, Preservation 50 Retrospective. Laura Trieschmann, Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer.

Beyond the Façade: The Impact and Opportunities of Historic Preservation

The common misperception that preservation is concerned only with the past overlooks the impact of our work. Preservation has shaped our communities and values over the past 50 years not by focusing on the past, but by looking forward and acting as an agent of change. Hear how preservation not only stewards historic places, but also spurs economic reinvestment, enhances quality of life, and helps promote sustainable environments. And discover opportunities to further our impact in the next 50 years.

Rhonda Sincavage, Director of Programs and Publications, National Trust of Historic Preservation

10:15am - 11:15am
Preservation Trust Awards Presentation:
Honoring the Best of Preservation Projects and People in Vermont since 2014.

11:15am - 11:30am
Group Photo in Front of State Complex

11:30am - 12:45pm
Lunch at local restaurants - enjoy exploring downtown Waterbury.



All Afternoon 12:00 - 4 pm

Window Restoration Demonstration Project
Horseshoe Lawn -
Join Vermont staff from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Preservation Education Institute and local craftspeople as they repair and restore windows or make new sash. Paint removal, glass cutting, Dutchmen repairs, and working with glazing putty will be included. Ask questions and observe work in progress! The public is welcome to stop by as well as conference attendees. Demonstrators: Sally Fishburn, Amy Mentes and Ron Wanamaker and more.


Afternoon Sessions 1:00 - 4:30 pm

The 2016 Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference will feature a variety of sessions and tours with a focus on creative place making, innovative technologies and restoration techniques, building social capital and craft beer and preservation.

The conference has been approved for Certification Maintenance Credits through the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. Sign-in sheets for AICP members will be available at each session.

Funding and Incentives

Vermonts Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program: An Economic Development and Community Revitalization Tool  - Vermont’s rehabilitation tax credit program supports building and code improvements in state-designated Downtowns and Village Centers. The program also has a proven track record of results – encouraging investment, expanding businesses and creating jobs. In this session you will learn more about the basics of the program including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and how to put together a winning application. This session will highlight two successful projects undertaken by a small local business in Waterbury and a non-profit organization it Putney, and will explain the process of working with banks to sell tax credits and finance projects.   Presenters:  Caitlin Corkins, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation;  Lyssa Papazian, Historic Preservation Consultant and Sarah Cowan, National Bank of Middlebury; Mark Frier, the Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room.

Navigating Federal and State Funding -  What funding sources are the right fit for your project? This session will provide an overview of federal and state sources combined with a grantees perspective to help you navigate the world of public grant and loan funding. Presenters: Josh Hanford, VCDP; Elisabeth Kulas, Housing Trust of Rutland County; Karen Freeman, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. Presenter and Moderator Willa Davidian HOME Program, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

Crowdsourcing for Community Revitalization - Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are innovative ways to tap into a crowd rich with talent, ideas and capital.  Learn how online and web-based  tools use mass collaboration to accomplish goals, increase efficiencies, raise money and engage community. Presenters: Amy Bell, VTrans; Ericka Wygonick, Resource Systems Group; Carolyn Shapiro, Barre Labor Halll; Rick Winston, Adamant Community Center; Warren Dow, Barcode Publicity.

Certified Local Government Grants for Coordinators and Commission Members -  Learn the ins and outs of the Certified Local Government (CLG) program, how to apply for and manage CLG grants, and how to maintain an engaged local preservation commission. Copies of the revised and updated CLG Program and Grant Manual will be distributed and discussed. This is an invitation only event for local coordinators and commission members in existing CLG communities. Attendance is mandatory for any CLG community planning to apply for a 2017 CLG grant. Presenter:  Devin Colman, CLG Coordinator/State Architectural Historian. This session is by invitation only.  If you have any questions, please contact Devin Colman at 828-3043.


Technology and Innovation

New Perspectives on Preservation - learn about technologies that are being used to evaluate, document and map historic buildings and sites in Vermont.  This session will provide an overview of various tools being used in historic preservation and archeological exploration.  Presenters will demonstrate and discuss the applications of LIDAR technology, drone imaging, and 3D printing.  Presenters:  Frank Spaulding, Forest Parks and Recreation; Brennan Gauthier, VTrans; Jarlath ONeil-Dunne UVM Spacial Analysis Lab; Scott Hamshaw, UVM PHD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Leslie Pelch, Vermont Center for Geographic Information. 

Harnessing the Power of Social Capital- This session explores how three Vermont communities came up with innovative ways to strengthen community networks, engage diverse populations and reinvigorate historic buildings.  Learn how to identify and utilize the human resources that you have within your community to develop and carryout your collective vision. Presenters: Rebecca Stone, Community Workshop, LLC;  Paul Costello, Vermont Council on Rural Development; Bill Shepluck and Steve Lotspeich, Town of Waterbury 

Fostering Entrepreneurs through Community Investment -  Learn creative ways to fill vacant storefronts, support entrepreneurs and attract new investment.  This session will explore how Community Supported Enterprise, Equity Crowdfunding and Local incentives can support small business owners in your community.  Presenters: Michael Coppinger, Rutland Downtown Partnership; Janice Shade and Louisa Schibli, Milk Money, VT; Paul Bruhn, Preservation Trust of Vermont. 


Art and Architecture

Ready, Set, ACTIVATE! - Do you have an empty lot, abandoned building or public space that needs some attention in your community? Vermont artists and communities are finding engaging ways to transform underutilized spaces with innovative design, public art and placemaking activities.  Breathing new life into these spaces can aid in revitalizing the community, add value to the space, and build civic pride by reflecting local culture, heritage, and values.  In this session you’ll hear about projects in Montpelier, Waterbury and Burlington and come away inspired to make this happen in your own community.  Presenters:  Ward Joyce, Landscape Architect/Artist; Whitney Aldrich, Waterbury Arts; Sarah O Donnell of Overnight Projects; Michele Bailey, Vermont Arts Council.

Churches and their expanding role in the 21st Century -  Churches are more than just sacred spaces in Vermont communities. They are important to the Vermont identify, serve as community gathering places and provide much needed space for for the arts and human services. Explore how creative partnership bring new energy into sacred places. Presenters: Joshua Castaño, Partners in Sacred Places; Peter Plagge, Waterbury Congregational Church; Rev. Paul Habersang, Christ Church Montpelier ; Rev. Marisa Laviola, First Congregational and Puffer United Methodist Morrisville; Karen Nevin, Revitalizing Waterbury.

Restore, Replace, Respect:  A Panel Discussion about Window Restoration and Energy Efficiency - Windows are important character-defining features of most historic buildings. The decision to repair or replace  windows should be made with respect for the whole building’s historic integrity, a knowledge of what can and can’t be done to make repairs, and with an awareness of what new windows- sash or entire units can and can’t do.  Questions about energy efficiency, lead safety, and the value of historic building materials need to be asked and answered before making decisions.  This session will explore the energy efficiency of historic and new windows and will address the variables that must be considered when evaluating treatments for historic fenestration. Speakers: Sally Fishburn, SA Fishburn; Jarod Galvin, Architect; and Ron Wanamaker; Wanamaker Restoration; Moderator: James Duggan, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit will be offered only for the Restore, Replace, Respect: A Panel Discussion about Window Restoration and Energy Efficiency session. The Preservation Education Institute/Historic Windsor, Inc. is a registered provider of AIA continuing education and will provide certificates for architects and file attendance information for AIA Members for this course only.



Walking Tours 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Tours at the Waterbury State Office Complex

1:00pm - 2:00pm (space limited to 25 people per tour)
2:15pm - 3:15pm (space limited to 25 people per tour)

Tours are limited to 25 people per tour.  Conference participants are required to pre-register for the tours.  A list of registered participants will be provided to security staff in advance of the tours.  Attendees must attend the tour for which they registered.  No last minute changes will be allowed due to security at the complex. 

Reflections - Art and Story at the Waterbury State Complex- Join State Curator, David Schutz on a tour of public art at the Waterbury Complex.  Meet the artists and hear how each work of art reflects the history, people, place, and community of Waterbury and the State Office Complex.  Presenter: David Schutz, State Curator;   Sara Lee Terrat, Artist  (offered at 1:00pm and 2:15pm)

Back to the Future - Historic Preservation and New Design at the Waterbury State Complex - this walking tour will feature the history of the Vermont State Hospital beginning with its construction in 1891 to its conversion to State Offices beginning in 1977 through its post Irene total reconstruction in 2014-2016.   In particular, the tour will explore challenges of marrying the existing historic buildings with new architectural additions, dry flood proofing, seismic structural bracing, deep energy retrofits and new mechanical and electrical technologies.  Presenters:  John Ostrum, Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services;  Jean Carroon, Goody Clancy Architects; Andrea Brue, Goody Clancy Architects (offered at 1:00pm and 2:15pm)

Community Tours

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Beers and Buildings - Join Adam Krakowski, author and historian, on a tour that highlights Waterbury as New England’s best beer town. Learn how craft beer and historic preservation are linked - both practically through the renovation of historic buildings that become destinations for beer enthusiasts, but also through a shared mindset of valuing things that are handcrafted, unique, regional, and artisnal.  This tour includes a tasting of some of Vermont’s finest brews at Craft Beer Cellar. Presenter: Adam Krakowski, Author of Vermont Beer: The History of a Brewing Revolution.

Waterbury Revitalized - Join Waterbury State Representative, Theresa Wood for a tour of Waterbury’s newly renovated municipal offices, library and history center.  Explore how the town came together to address the devastating impacts of Tropical Storm Irene and emerged a stronger and more unified community.  Presenter: Representative Theresa Wood, Waterbury, Vermont.


Reception & Raffle Drawing!

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for food, fun and libations! Prohibition Pig Brewery at 2 Elm Street (behind Prohibition Pig Restaurant).



Getting Around
Walk, Bike, Carpool!  All conference actives will take place within a half mile of one another and are connected via sidewalks and bike paths.  Please come prepared to park your car and enjoy one of Vermont’s most Walkable downtowns!

How to get here:
Take I-89 to Exit 10 and take VT-100 S toward Waterbury.  At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto N. Main Street.  Travel .4 miles south on Main Street and take a right on Row Street for parking at Stanley Hall.  Registration is at 109 S. Main Street, St. Leo’s Hall.


The Main Parking Area for the Conference is located at the Waterbury State Complex - Stanley Hall Parking Lot.  This parking lot is on Park Row between Randall Street and Main Street (Parking Permits will be provided via email to all registered participants)

Accessible Parking for the Opening Plenary and Awards Ceremony
A limited number of ADA Accessible spaces will be reserved at 109 S. Main Street for those in need of accessible parking. 

Afternoon Sessions and Tours
Parking for approximately 40 vehicles will be available at the Waterbury Municipal Offices located at 28 North Main Street, including at several ADA Accessible spaces near the main entrance. 


Update June 2, 2016: Plenary Session is Full!

If you are interested in attending the afternoon sessions, please contact conference@ptvermont.org to make arraignments. You are also welcome to join us for a group photo in front of the Historic Center Building at 11:15am and stop by to see local craftspeople restoring historic windows on the green!



Conference Sponsors

We are very grateful to our major sponsors.

Arnold & Scangas Architects
Arnold & Scangas Architectsspecializes in historic restoration and rehabilitation of underutilized (buildings that are in need of tender loving care) historic buildings. Bringing old buildings back to life, especially in Vermont’s Downtowns and making them again a contributing member to the community is what we enjoy most. Our designs provide clients and the community with new opportunities for their existing buildings. We believe architecture is the art of listening to our clients and creating design solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

National Park Service, Certified Local Government Program
This conference is financed in part with a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The CLG program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

Redstone is a full service commercial real estate firm based in Burlington, Vermont. Our development team is active throughout Vermont and specializes in adaptive re-use of historic buildings. Our property management division is staffed by a highly qualified team of professionals providing excellent service and results.

Stevens & Associates
Stevens & Associates is a fully integrated firm offering architecture, structural and civil engineering, landscape architecture, and development services. We are passionate about projects that embrace the historic fabric
of our New England downtowns through adaptive reuse of existing buildings, sensitive design of new buildings, and the creation of pedestrian-friendly downtowns.

Vermont Alliance of Planning and Development Agencies
VAPDA is devoted to sound planning principles that will enhance the quality of life for Vermont residents. Through a combination of environmental and economic planning strategies, VAPDA fosters a community environment that provides for the needs of both residents and our natural surroundings, today and for generations to come.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is responsible for planning, development, implementation and maintenance of a variety of transportation infrastructure. This includes roads, bridges, state-owned railroads, airports, park and ride facilities, bicycle facilities, pedestrian paths, public transportation facilities and services, and Department of Motor Vehicles operations and motor carrier enforcement.










Green Mountain Windows



Media Sponsor:

Additional sponsors include:

Bridgeside Books
Marble Valley Engineering, P.C.
Revitalizing Waterbury
St. Andrews Church
The Waterbury Historical Society
Vermont Planner's Association


National Park Service
This conference is financed in part with a Certified Local Government grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Departmenr of the Interior. Information and opinions presented at this conference do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.