31st Annual Virginia Preservation Conference

Preservation Virginia is pleased to host the 31st annual Virginia Preservation Conference, an event that brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and others from across the Commonwealth. 

This year’s conference will take place at The Paramount Theater and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Sunday, October 16th and Monday, October 17th. Following the release of the third and final phase of Preservation Virginia's Economic Impact Study, the theme of the conference will revolve around expanded definitions of and the positive economic impacts and value of Heritage Tourism in Virginia.

As part of the conference program, the Center for Cultural Landscapes has partnered with The Cultural Landscape Foundation to present "Lawrence Halprin's Legacy: Charlottesville Mall" on Sunday, October 16 at 1:30pm. This tour, led by Beth Meyer (FASLA), Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Center for Cultural Landscapes, will introduce participants to reasons behind the pedestrian mall's success, from its design expression to the adjacent constructed environment, from political figures who stewarded the Mall for decades to the urban demographic changes that have occurred since the 1970s. The walk will start with a “tuning score” designed by UVA Dance Lecturer Katie Schetlick to prepare visitors for the tour’s walking experience. The event is free but registration is required. For more information on this tour or to register, click here

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