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Annual Conference - Tours & Sessions

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Sessions A3, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, B5, B6, B7, B9, C5, and C6 are SOLD OUT.

SESSION A: 10:45am - 12:15pm


A1 Historic Warren, Healthy Warren WALK AUDIT
Paul Attemann, AIA, CNU, Senior Associate, Union Studio
R. Mark Fenton, Public Health, Planning, and Transportation Consultant

A walk audit (or walkabout) is a group walk of an area to observe aspects of the built and natural environment and their influence on activities like walking, cycling, and transit use. This is an opportunity to experience the built environment as a pedestrian, and recognize the impact (or absence) of everything from curb ramps and crosswalks to recreational trails, traffic calming measures, and mixed-use environments. Learn how to organize your own walk audit and how to advocate for improving public health by retaining historic character.


A2 Pride in Rhode Island’s Preservation Tax Credits
J. Michael Abbott, RIHPHC Commissioner and Principal, Northeast Collaborative Architects
Ted Sanderson, Executive Director, RIHPHC
Chris Starr, Principal, Starr Development Partners
Val Talmage, Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island
Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart Rhode Island

Last year, advocates rallied to encourage the legislature to reinstate Rhode Island’s Historic Tax Credit program, and in 2014, Governor Chafee proposed another $50 million to continue the program. Join state preservation leaders as they discuss their ongoing advocacy campaign, the program’s recent output (27 projects leveraging $180 million in private investment), and prospects for 2014. Also, learn about two high-profile projects, the Providence Arcade and Warren Manufacturing Company.

<SOLD OUT>A3 Cultivating Local Pride: Community Preservation Programs<SOLD OUT>
Lisa Dady, Director of Education, Newport Restoration Foundation
Alyssa Lozupone, Public Policy Intern, Preservation Society of Newport County
Philip Marshall, Professor of Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University
Brent Runyon, Executive Director, Providence Preservation Society

Professionals can initiate preservation, but long-term protection is best achieved when the public embraces their historic resources and takes ownership of preservation. This session will discuss the importance of educating the general public on local history and historic preservation. Sharing examples of programs from Rhode Island and beyond, panelists will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of educational initiatives.

A4 Historic Cemetery Landscapes—Not Just Stones and Bones
Sara Bradford, ASLA, RLA, Principal, Bradford Associates
Chris Fletcher, Managing Arborist, Bartlett Tree Experts

Karst Hoogeboom, RIHPHC Commissioner and Chief of Facilities and Maintenance, Cape Cod National Seashore
Kelly Perry, Horticulturalist and Greenhouse Manager, Swan Point Cemetery

Join landscape experts as they discuss how to preserve historic cemetery landscapes and safeguard gravestones while minding the budget. Review the history of burial places in Rhode Island and how these landscapes reflected changing ideas about memory, nature, and public/private space. Viewing local examples, discuss how to care for plantings as well as roads, pathways, walls, and gates. And learn how a preservation plan can sustain your historic cemetery.

<SOLD OUT> A5 Small Gems of Warren WALKING TOUR <SOLD OUT>
Patricia M. Read, Vice President, Massasoit Historical Association
Patricia Redfearn, Director, George Hail Library

“The Little General” Tom Thumb visited Warren in 1850. We think he would enjoy this short tour of some of Warren’s historical and architectural gems. Stops include Maxwell House (1743), Rhode Island’s second oldest Masonic Temple (1799), Warren Town Common (1800), Narragansett Fire Station #3 (1846), Federal Blues R.I.M. headquarters (ca. 1865), and George Hail Library (1889) with its not-to-miss museum of domestic, military, maritime, and Warren artifacts.

<SOLD OUT> A6 Two If By Sea: Barrington-Warren BOAT TOUR <SOLD OUT>
See C6 for description.


Doug Hinman, Researcher, Warren Preservation Society
Lisa Raiola, President and Founder, Hope & Main
Caroline Wells, Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Warren

Lined with civic, institutional, commercial, and residential buildings, Main Street is the heart of Warren. Investigate the recent projects that are reusing key historic buildings, and identify which buildings are ripe for redevelopment. Visit some of the businesses that have become local institutions, like the shoe store, the coffee shop, and the 156 year-old pharmacy that serves coffee cabinets. And talk about Main Street’s history, architectural highlights, and ever-changing streetscape.

<SOLD OUT> A8 Town and Country BUS TOUR <SOLD OUT>
Joseph DePasquale, Member, Warren Town Council
Steve Thompson, Member, Warren Voluntary Historic District Commission

Beyond the densely developed historic seaport, Warren encompasses quiet stretches of waterfront along Belchers Cove, farms and fields on Windmill Hill, mills and mill housing off Main Street, resort developments and farms on Touisset Neck, industrial facilities on Market Street, suburban sprawl along Metacom Avenue, and residential subdivisions near the Bristol line. This tour will feature some of the sites, landscapes, and neighborhoods in the far corners of Warren.

Session A: 10:45am – 1pm


<SOLD OUT>A9 The Draw of Warren: Arts and Enterprise WALKING TOUR with LUNCH*<SOLD OUT>
Eileen Collins, President, Warren Preservation Society and Founding Artist Member, IMAGO Gallery
Arnold Robinson, Director of Community Partnerships Center, Roger Williams University
Randy Rosenbaum, Executive Director, R.I. State Council on the Arts

Home to artists and their studios, galleries, a theatre company, local bands, two coffee-house performance spaces, and a record label, Warren is an artistic hub. What’s the draw? It starts with access to inexpensive space in historic buildings and a close-knit creative community. Go behind-the-scenes at storied non-profit institutions as well as for-profit businesses and private studios—then get inside some of the newest incubator spaces that host emerging artistic enterprises.

A10 Rails to Trails I: Points South BIKE TOUR with LUNCH*
Mark Dieterich, Board Member, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition
Eric Hertfelder, Member, Bristol Historic District Commission

The first multi-town bikeway built in Rhode Island, the East Bay Bike Path travels 14.5 miles from Providence to Bristol on the former route of the Providence and Bristol Railroad. Built between 1987 and 1992, the path connects neighborhoods, historic districts, parks, and civic centers along the Providence River and Narragansett Bay. This tour will explore the southern portion of the trail, from Warren to Bristol and back with stops at Burr’s Hill, Colt State Park, and Downtown Bristol and a break for lunch at Linden Place.

Session B: 1:30pm – 3:00pm


B1 Preserving Warren’s Working Waterfront
Paul Attemann, AIA, CNU, Senior Associate, Union Studio
Julie Blount, Executive Vice President, Blount Boats
Davison Bolster, Community Activist
Brandt Heckert, Member, Warren Planning Board

When Harbor Marine and Eastern Yachts put ten properties up for sale in the early 2000s, Warren’s unique working waterfront was up for grabs. Private and public interests vied for these valuable parcels, with very different ideas that would have very different impacts on the historic village center. Learn how this story unfolded and how the local community can preserve its character and valued assets. See also the C5 tour.

B2 Notes from the Field: Recent University Projects
Students and faculty from Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College,
Rhode Island College, RISD, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University

Undergraduate and graduate students are participating in exciting research, interpretation, and design projects that are expanding the field of historic preservation in Rhode Island. This year’s topics include a statewide survey of Art Deco design, a multidisciplinary project set at the historic North Burial Ground in Providence, walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, and reuse schemes for a historic forge in Warren.


B3 The Archaeology of Burr’s Hill
Mary Harper, President, Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc.
Timothy Ives, Archaeologist, RIHPHC
Ramona Peters, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Caroline Wells, Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Warren

Long a ceremonial center for Rhode Island’s indigenous peoples, Burr’s Hill was largely removed by 19th-century gravel miners. The Town of Warren rehabilitated the area in the 1920s to create Burr’s Hill Park. Recent preservation efforts underscore the landscape’s value to a variety of stakeholders. Join a discussion about archaeological research, Tribal advocacy, and municipal engagement that serve a common goal—understanding and protecting this unique place for generations to come.

B4 Arts + Preservation = Creative Collaboration
Senator Walter S. Felag, Jr. (Warren, Bristol, Tiverton)
Karen Jessup, Board Member & Val Talmage, Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island
Randy Rosenbaum, Executive Director, R.I. State Council for the Arts
Ed Shea, President and Artistic Director, 2nd Story Theatre
Libby Slader, President, Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts
Sarah Zurier, Special Projects Coordinator, RIHPHC

Rhode Island’s arts and preservation communities are teaming up to support a $35 million Creative and Cultural Economy bond issue. It would include $30 million for capital projects at artistic and performance spaces and $5 million to reinstate the State Preservation Grants that fund capital projects at cultural venues and public historic sites. Join the discussion about how investment in our creative and cultural economy can secure Rhode Island’s future prosperity—and how your organization can participate.

Keri Cronin, Owner of DISH and Warren Heritage Foundation Vice President
Sandy Scott, Secretary, Warren Heritage Foundation

When you drive through Warren, you may assume that its only significant historic main street is...Main Street. Water Street, however, is undergoing a renaissance, and its historic commercial buildings, residences, parks, wharves, docks, and waterfront properties are buzzing with activity. Walk on Water (Street) to discover the history, architecture, and new life of this very noteworthy thoroughfare.

<SOLD OUT> B6 Two If By Sea: Barrington-Warren BOAT TOUR <SOLD OUT>
See C6 for description.

Session B: 1:30pm – 5:00pm


<SOLD OUT>B7 Second Chances: Adaptive Reuse Projects WALKING TOUR<SOLD OUT>
Roberta Randall, Preservation Architect, RIHPHC
Greg Spiess, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, GMI Architects

Several exciting adaptive reuse projects are underway in Warren: Hope & Main kitchen incubator in the Main Street School (1916), Old Handkerchief Factory (1865), Warren Armory (1842), St. Mark’s Church (1830), Liberty Street School (1847), 2nd Story Theatre (1914) and Warren Manufacturing Company (1872+). Go behind the scenes as these historic properties take on new uses in the 21st century.

B8 Best of Barrington BUS TOUR
Joanna Doherty, Architectural Historian, RIHPHC
Nathaniel Lane Taylor, Vice-President, Barrington Preservation Society
Elizabeth “Bonnie” Warren, Past President, Barrington Preservation Society

Barrington’s history may surprise you. In addition to its large estates and gracious neighborhoods, Barrington has a rich agricultural past stretching back to the colonial period and industrial sites from the 19th and early 20th centuries. This tour features Nockum Hill, settled in the 1600s; Old Barrington Village; industrial Drownville; the wealthy Victorian enclave of Nayatt Point; the Barrington Preservation Society Museum; and the turn-of-the-20th-century waterside neighborhood of Jennys Lane with a stop at the charming Mathewson boathouse.

<SOLD OUT>B9 Architect to the 1%, Russell Warren of Rhode Island BUS TOUR<SOLD OUT>
David Harrington, Leader, The Russell Warren Project

Last year marked the launch of “The Russell Warren Project”—a community research collaborative focused on the work and world of architect Russell Warren (1782-1860). Their research uncovered new information about this renowned architect who designed for some of the most illustrious and wealthy people in the region. Explore some of his celebrated and reputed buildings in Bristol and Warren, including his own house, Linden Place, Bristol Statehouse, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, John Wheaton House, Warren Baptist Church, and Warren Armory.

cm-credit PENDING

B10 Rails to Trails II: Points North BIKE TOUR
Mark Dieterich, Board Member, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition
Sydney Montstream-Quas, Historical Waysides Project Director, Barrington Preservation Society

The second of two bicycle tours on the East Bay Bike Path heads north from
Warren into Barrington and East Providence. It will showcase the historical wayside signs along the Barrington stretch of the path and break for a ride on the historic Crescent Park Carousel (1895). On the way back, explore the Barrington Civic Center Historic District with stops at Prince’s Hill Cemetery (1729), Barrington Town Hall (1888), and the Barrington Preservation Society Museum.

Session C: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

C1 (Gardening in) an Heirloom State of Mind
Roger B. Swain, Author, Biologist, Educator, and Gardener

With equal parts history and how-to, New England’s own garden authority will discuss the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, past and present. As Roger B. Swain sees it, preservation is both a component and a byproduct of sustainability, and gardening is the foundation of all community. The session concludes with a visit to the garden at the Samuel Randall House (ca. 1810), a property owned by the Warren Preservation Society. Garden designer Christine Lichatz will reveal plans to restore the landscape and create a sustainable, easy-to-maintain period garden.

cm-creditPENDING C2 Getting Social for a Cause: Social Media and Historic Preservation
Brian Hodge, Communications & Social Media Manager, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Michaela Jergensen, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, RIHPHC
Kaitlin O’Shea, Blogger, Preservation in Pink
Stacie Parillo, Archivist/Registrar, Newport Historical Society
Do you write a sweet Tweet? Do you make a fine Vine? Does your organization have a terrific Tumblr? Is this all Greek to you? Whether you are a net novice or a Professor of Pinterest, learn what these simple, yet increasingly popular tools can do for your organization, and how they can help you bring visitors to your door and get your mission out on the web for everyone to see.

C3 The East Bay’s First Century
Burton Van Name Edwards, Treasurer, Barrington Preservation Society
Sarah Holmes, Independent Researcher
Charlotte Taylor, Archaeologist, RIHPHC

Local historians are digging deep in municipal deeds, vital records, probate documents, and old maps to learn the story of Sowams, the Indian place that was incorporated as an English township in 1668. Meanwhile, the RIHPHC has launched the next phase of the “First Century” project to produce a GIS map of the European settlement of Rhode Island between 1636 and 1740—this installment will focus on East Providence and Bristol County. Learn about new discoveries that are changing our understanding of the early history of the East Bay.

C4 Lens on Warren WALKING Photographic Workshop
Joyce Gervasio, CFO, RIHPHC and Freelance Photographer
Butch Lombardi, Photographer and Lifelong Warren Resident

Come armed with your DSLR, point-and-shoot, cellphone, or Kodachrome as we stroll through scenic Warren and learn how to capture sights and sites for your scrapbook. Get a better understanding of how lighting, angles, and composition can make images frame-worthy, and survey a variety of free online photo editing software.

<SOLD OUT>C5 Preserving Warren’s Working Waterfront WALKING TOUR<SOLD OUT>
Paul Attemann, AIA, CNU, Senior Associate, Union Studio
Julie Blount, Executive Vice President, Blount Boats
Davison Bolster, Community Activist
Brandt Heckert, Member, Warren Planning Board
Val Talmage, Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island
This walk explores some of the sites along the Warren Waterfront discussed in Session B1. Attendance in B1 is not required.

<SOLD OUT> C6-B6-A6 Two if by Sea: Barrington-Warren BOAT TOUR <SOLD OUT>
Guides include Marcia Blount, Davison Bolster, Van Edwards, Rick Greenwood, Nick Heywood,
Woody Kemp, Jean MacIntyre, Arnold Robinson, Sandy Scott

See Barrington and Warren from a new vantage—the deck of a boat. Cruise along the Warren and Palmer rivers and into Narragansett Bay as you learn about Native American uses of coastal areas, colonial settlement, maritime industries, residential development, and recreational opportunities. Sights include Barrington Yacht Club, Jennys Lane Historic District, Adam’s Point, Rumstick Point, Jacob’s Point, and Warren’s working waterfront.

Tours A6, B6, and C6 are subject to boat availability and to weather conditions. We do not guarantee that these tours will be presented. There will be no refunds if the boat trips are canceled.