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Annual Conference: A Future for Historic Schools (2004)

historic school
Byfield School

19th Annual Rhode Island Statewide
Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 24, 2004



Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 19th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference.

Back to school. As buildings age and school populations expand, many Rhode Island communities are taking a close look at their school facilities. The 2004 Statewide Preservation Conference provided an education on the subject of historic schools. Keynote speakers James G. Alexander FAIA of Finegold Alexander + Associates and James W. Igoe of PreservatiON MASS discussed issues, challenges, and successful school renovation projects in Massachusetts.

Conference-goers heard from experts and leaders in the field, toured historic sites, networked with counterparts from around the state, and celebrated the 2004 Statewide Historic Preservation Awards. Tours explored Wood Street, Bristol's waterfront and downtown, downtown Warren, and local farms, estates, and museums. Workshops and panels focused on decorative finishes, university fieldwork projects, scenic roadways, and historic windows, as well as planning, history, advocacy issues relating to historic schools.