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NAPC’s Commission Excellence Awards Held at FORUM 2018 Opening Plenary

FORUM 2018: A Preservation Caucus welcomed over 700 attendees from 45 states and numerous countries. Held in Des Moines, Iowa this past July, FORUM offered a wide variety of educational sessions and discussion panels, mobile workshops and tours. An opportunity to network and re-unite with fellow preservationists, FORUM also served as the venue for […]

Architecture of Downtown Des Moines: Some Highlights from the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Architecture of Downtown Des Moines: Some Highlights from the Twentieth Century and Beyond, by Paula Mohr

In its 170-some years, the evolution of Des Moines’ commercial core has paralleled that of many American cities. Fort Des Moines, an early foothold in terms of Euro-American settlement, today survives only as an archaeological site. Early commercial buildings of wood frame […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series Week 4 – Preservation Planning, May 23, 2018

A preservation commission is most effective when its work is a part of the larger local planning process. Good planning can also strengthen grant applications and bring in money to the community. Using successful plans from around the country, this webinar will cover the essential elements of preservation planning and how to integrate preservation […]

Preservation Month Week 4 – Preservation Planning, May 23, 2018

A preservation commission is most effective when its work is a part of the larger local planning process. Good planning can also strengthen grant applications and bring in money to the community. Using successful plans from around the country, this webinar will cover the essential elements of preservation planning and how to integrate preservation […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series Week 3 – Standards & Guidelines, May 16, 2018

Wed, May 16, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

This webinar will give participants an understanding of the relationship between Federal Standards and local design guidelines. We’ll guide attendees through the origin and development of a variety of preservation-based review standards and guidelines. Through case studies, participants will distinguish between the four treatments under […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series Week 2: Meeting Procedures- May 9, 2018

How commissions and review boards conduct their meetings is critical to maintaining credibility and reputation. It is also critical for avoiding legal challenges. In this webinar, participants will learn to work within a legal framework of state law and local statutes and how to establish clear rules of procedure to ensure a defensible decision-making […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series Week 1: Legal Preservation Overview

The strongest defense commissions and review boards have against accusations of arbitrary and capricious decisions is to consistently follow established review procedures. This webinar will cover the legal basis for commission operations. We’ll cover an overview of procedural due process, takings, appeals, property rights, and economic hardship. Participants will learn about common preservation […]

Tour Opportunities at FORUM

What says the “Midwest” more than Prairie School architecture and a trip to the rural countryside? FORUM attendees will have an opportunity to register for one of these special tour options on Thursday, July 19. Here are some highlights and an article, featured in the Spring 2018 issue of The Alliance Review, written by Paula Mohr, […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series

Save Wednesdays in May on your calendar for our Preservation Month webinar series! NAPC is partnering with the Heritage Ohio to bring you a series of webinars in May aimed at helping your local commissions and design review board. Expert speakers from across the country will cover topics including: Legal Issues (5/2); Meeting Procedures […]

Design Review With Limited Resources

New publication features information for commissions with limited resources for design review, in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation

Virginia Beach, VA – The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions announces the release of Design Review With Limited Resources: How Local Commissions Can Gain the Resources of Professional Preservationists Without Hiring Full-Time […]