Rust Belt Takeover of Milwaukee! Itinerary of Events



Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) is excited to partner with The Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists to host the Rust Belt Takeover of Milwaukee, May 10th-12th. Highlights will include tours of the City Hall bell tower, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Soldiers Home, Frank Lloyd Wright System-Built Homes, and a party at Pabst. Click here to register! Full event descriptions below.

City Hall, Photo by Peter Zanghi
City Hall Source: Peter Zanghi

Friday, May 10

City Hall Tower (2 tours offered; Tour Group #1 at 4:00pm and Tour Group #2 at 5:00pm)

Climb the Milwaukee City Hall bell tower for fantastic views of the city. See the magnificent 8-story atrium, elaborate common council chambers, and the former bell ringer’s quarters along the way to the top. Waiver required, no high heels, no small children, approximately 200 ft climb. Locals, please do not sign up until the week before the event. Tours for locals can be arranged any time through the office of the Milwaukee City Clerk.

Pabst Brewery Complex Source: Visit Milwaukee

Welcome Party at Pabst! 6:30 pm – ????

Hop around the historic and iconic Pabst complex during the Rust Belt Takeover welcome event! Full hop around schedule to be published prior to event. Drop in as you please and meet your newest and best preservation friends.


Saturday, May 11

Domes by Alexandra Lange, IG langealexandra
Mitchell Park Domes Source: Alexandra Lange

Milwaukee Domes, 9:30am -10:30am

Learn more from the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.  

Beloved icons of the city since they opened in the 1960’s, these midcentury marvels feature three distinct climates and rare plants from all over the world.  As the world’s only “conoidal” glass structures, their unique shape allows a better angle for solar heating and more height for tall trees. Currently under threat of demolition due to a significant backlog of deferred maintenance and a temporary closure in 2016, these structures were declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2017.  The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and the Trust are actively partnering to ensure that all three Domes are restored.


Soldiers Home

Soldiers Home, 11:00am- Noon

The tour will run about 45 minutes and will begin promptly at 11:00 in front of the Soldiers Home fountain, which is located across the street from Old Main, the tallest building on the campus.

Established in 1867 as a result of one of the last bills enacted by President Lincoln, the Northwest Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers is one of three original Soldiers Homes built to care for returning Civil War veterans and is the most intact.  The entire history of the VA can be observed by walking through the grounds and learning how veteran care evolved as times and needs changed. Declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012, the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance has partnered with the Trust ever since to ensure that the vacant buildings on the campus will be restored and put back into service of veterans.  This project was recently declared a success as work is beginning soon to restore six of the buildings and turn them into 101 units of housing for veterans and their families who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Enjoy an outdoor walking tour of this National Historic Landmark District, a tranquil village-like setting right in the middle of the city.

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Photo Courtesy of Tim Askin

Stroll Mitchell Street, 2-4pm

Guided walking tour of Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street with Mitchell Street Executive Director Nancy Bush. Since its earliest days, Mitchell Street has been the economic heart of an immigrant neighborhood, once known as the “Polish Grand Avenue,” its business community now reflects current immigration patterns. Architecturally the district ranges from a grand Polish cathedral-style church (St. Stanislaus), Prussian commercial, through to the art deco and mid-century modern eras. It is a whirlwind tour of Wisconsin commercial and civic architecture.

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Milwaukee Art Museum Source: frenchieyankee (instagram handle)

Downtown Walking Tour, 2-4pm 

Walking tour of Juneau town from the river to the Art Museum and Juneau Park. Highlights include City Hall, Mitchell Building, Mackie Building, and County War Memorial (by Saarinen).

Bike Through History, 2-4pm

Follow a local around the Hank Aaron State Trail! You’ll see some history, some art, and a whole lot of Milwaukee

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One of the Burnham Block homes.

Burnham Block (2 groups: Group 1 at 2pm and Group 2 at 3pm)

Take a guided tour of and see both a beautifully restored and mid-restoration American System-Built, Home model B-1 designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


Preservation Party/ 4th Annual Beer Competition, 7:30-10:30pm

Are you ready to compete in the 4th Annual Rust Belt Beer Competition and chat about your Milwaukee adventures at this evening event? We are keeping the location mystery for a reason… sign up for this.. you won’t regret it.

Here is how the competition works:

-Bring your favorite local 6-pack or growler to the RBCoYP party!  Your 6-pack is your official entry into the competition, so if you need something to sip on before the competition starts… grab from the share table or bring extra brews.

-The competition begins promptly at 8:00 pm and winners will be announced at 9:00-ish.  Get ready to sample the Rust Belt.

-Enjoy a sample of each beer, cider, or soda brought to the competition. Once you have enjoyed tasting the flavors from around the Rust Belt, you will vote for best label and best taste. Simply put your raffle ticket in the empty cup next to the beer, and consider yourself a part of beer democracy.

Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry!  You can vote for best label!  And if you try to slip a craft soda into the competition, we won’t be mad.  We will be excited to sample one of your state’s delicious products.

All beverages will be available for consumption after competition winners are announced, so get ready for the best BYOB of your life.

*Taste testers will each get a sample of the beverage, not a full can.  Think of this like the biggest beer flight you have ever experienced.


Sunday Morning

Oriental 10am – Noon

Milwaukee’s most elaborate movie palace and the new permanent home of the Milwaukee Film Festival. Architecture is not traditionally “Oriental”, and is an homage to East Indian culture and architecture. Built by local architects Dick and Bauer for the local Saxe Brothers theater chain.




Rust Belt Takeover of Milwaukee: May 10-12


Does being a preservationist make you feel like a schlimazel? Come to Milwaukee and incorporate some hassenpfeffer into your diet!

  1. Yes, we have restaurants that serve hassenpfeffer. (Well, there’s at least one left)
  2. Friday fish fries are not just for Lent, they’re year-round
  3. Probably more defunct and standing macrobreweries than any other city in North America. We’ll probably hang out at a few of them.
  4. The world’s only Saarinen-Calatrava hybrid!
  5. Our National Historic Landmarks come in pairs. I promise four and we’ll probably make it six.
  6. Frank Lloyd Wright is the _least_ of our treasures, but we’ll get to him too.


Rust Belt Takeover of Indianapolis: September 28-30, 2018

Rust Belt Takeover of Indianapolis: September 28-30, 2018

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Preserve Greater Indy hosts the next Rust Belt Takeover of Indianapolis from September 28-30, 2018. The weekend will be centered around downtown Indianapolis and its surrounding historic neighborhoods, including Fountain Square, Lockerbie Square, Fletcher Place, Mass Ave, and the Old Northside. Registration is now open! Here is a summary of the planned weekend (all events are subject to change).

Friday, September 28th

Obscure Indianapolis – All weekend, Citywide

For those arriving early, pick up a copy of the Urban Times to find a guide on some lesser-known sites to check out on your own around downtown and beyond.

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Takeover Kickoff

6 p.m. Indiana City Brewing (24 Shelby St.)

Kick-off the Rust Belt Takeover with Preserve Greater Indy at a local craft brewery.

Mass Ave Bar Crawl

8 p.m. Massachusetts Avenue

Hear from the leaders of nearby historic neighborhood groups and take a stroll (and have drink or two) along the historic Mass Ave. corridor.

Saturday, September 29th

Indy - 6.jpgI-65/I-70 Panel Discussion & Advocacy, 10 a.m. McGowan Hall (1305 N. Delaware St.)

A panel of local leaders and neighborhood groups will share their perspectives on the potential impacts of proposed rehabilitation alternatives for Indianapolis’ downtown highway system in terms of social justice and the historic neighborhoods surrounding the interstates. Following the panel discussion, there will be resources on hand to write to elected representatives the express your views on how local infrastructure projects affect your community.

Lockerbie Neighborhood Tour, 2 p.m. Lockerbie Square

Lockerbie People’s Club will host a tour of Indianapolis’s first locally protected historic neighborhood. Preservationists had to take on the c.1965 “Lockerbie Fair” plan, which would have demolished most of the neighborhood to create a Disneyland-esque attraction around the James Whitcomb Riley house, home to the celebrated Hoosier poet.

City Market Catacombs Tour, 2 p.m. City Market (222 E. Market St.)

Join Indianapolis City Market and Indiana Landmarks on a guided tour into the 1886 City Market catacombs, the long-hidden ruin of Tomlinson Hall, which burned in in 1958 and now sits beneath City Market’s Whistler Plaza.

LGBT Sites Tour, 2 p.m. Downtown

Indy’s LGBTQ community saw dramatic change and notable events from the late 1970s into the early 1990s. Join our partner, Indiana Humanities, on an interactive tour of the critical places around Indianapolis and a historic reenactment of Nurse Safe Sexx — a character created in 1985 to raise money for AIDs relief. A shuttle will carry attendees to different sites.

Indy - 3Imbibe Game Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fountain Square Theater Building (1105 Shelby St.)

(21+) Join the takeover for a private reservation of the Imbibe Game Room in the historic Fountain Square Theatre Building. Food, brews, cocktails, and free plays of the games.

Virginia Avenue Bar Crawl, 8 p.m. Fountain Square/Fletcher Place

See Virginia Avenue’s historic buildings, bars, and nightlife in the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods.

Sunday, September 30th

Rubush & Hunter Architectural Tour, 10 a.m. Monument Circle

Join the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) on a walking tour through Downtown Indianapolis and dive into salacious stories behind one of Indianapolis’ most prolific architecture firms, which operated from 1905-1938.

Kessler Park & Boulevard System Bike Tour, 10 a.m. Near North Side (Meet on the north end of Mass Ave.)

Join PGI on a tour of Indianapolis’s National Register-listed Park & Boulevard System originally designed by George Kessler in 1909. The tour focuses on City Beautiful infrastructure and landscape architecture elements and how they have been incorporated into the contemporary city. BYOB or rent one from Indiana Pacers Bikeshare.

Takeover Wrap-up, 12 p.m. Mug-n-Bun (5211 W. 10th St.)

Lunch, wrap-up, and a look ahead to the next Rust Belt Takeover.

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Indiana Medical History Museum Tours, 2 p.m. Indiana Medical History Museum (3045 W Vermont St.)

Join the Indiana Medical History Museum and Preserve Greater Indy at the final event of the Rust Belt Takeover as we take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Old Pathology Building and grounds of the nineteenth century Central State Hospital campus.

#BeerSavesPlaces, Third Annual Beer Competition


We all have our favorite craft breweries and at the Rust Belt Takeover in Columbus on Saturday, April 28th, we are going to put them head-to-head.

Here is how it works….

-Bring your favorite local 6-pack or growler to the RBCoYP party!  Your 6-pack is your official entry into the competition, so if you need something to sip on before the competition starts… grab from the share table or bring extra brews.

-The competition begins promptly at 8:00 pm and winners will be announced at 9:00pm.  Get ready to sample the Rust Belt.

-Enjoy a sample of each beer, cider, or soda brought to the competition. Once you have enjoyed tasting the flavors from around the Rust Belt, you will vote for best label and best taste. Simply put your raffle ticket in the empty cup next to the beer, and consider yourself a part of beer democracy.

-We have something special up our sleeves for the beer winner! So bring your favorite drink and come ready to compete!

Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry!  You can vote for best label!  And if you try to slip a craft soda into the competition, we won’t be mad.  We will be excited to sample one of your state’s delicious products.

*Taste testers will each get a sample of the beverage, not a full can.  Think of this like the biggest beer flight you have ever experienced.

Rust Belt Takeover of Columbus: April 27-29

Photo Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Young Ohio Preservationists (YOPs) are hosting the Rust Belt Takeover of Columbus, April 27-29.  Advance Registration Required, sign up here! Tour registration is on a first come basis; we will offer a waitlist if a tour reaches capacity. 

Thanks to support from the Create Columbus Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, MKSK, and Columbus Landmarks, all activities are free! 

Want to support the Young Ohio Preservationists and their efforts to promote preservation? Donate here! 

Friday Night, 6:30pm – ‘Til We Drop


Launch Party Hosted by Columbus Landmarks @ Two Dollar Radio Headquarters

You’ll find a hearty welcome upon your arrival to Columbus at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters! Two Dollar Radio is a local book publisher that sells indie titles and also has a killer vegan food & drink menu. Reunite with friends, meet new buddies, and learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Columbus’ urban history. We’ll have pecha kucha style mini-presentations on what launched the preservation movement in Columbus: highway segregation, LGBTQIA history, and our neighborhoods. There will be a special treat for registrants courtesy of Columbus Landmarks. (Capacity: 100)

After Party @ The Highball Tavern

Leave Two Dollar Radio Headquarters at 9:00pm, and venture a couple blocks north on Parsons Avenue to The Highball Tavern! You will love the drinks and ambience at this local gay bar.

Saturday Morning, 10 am- Noon

Breakfast: On Your Own

Make sure to eat before our action-packed Saturday! We will be posting food recommendations closer to the event.

Postcard image of Fort Hayes in the early 1900s. Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Tour of Fort Hayes, 10-noon

Fort Hayes, a National Register of Historic Places designated site, tells the story of early Columbus and racial segregation in the military, and highlights a unique partnership between arts and history. Split into small groups to explore Fort Hayes and learn the history of the site and its evolution to a public arts school. Tour highlights include visiting the award-winning Franklin County Veterans memorial poppy field, the Shot Tower art gallery (exterior due to gallery installation), and seeing which buildings are left to renovate! (Capacity: 100)

Lunch: On Your Own

Grab a bite to eat before your afternoon tour! We are full of recommendations for you depending on which tour you sign up for.

Saturday Afternoon Breakout Tours, 2:00pm-4:00pm*

*asterisk indicates which tours are longer than 2-hours.


Green Book Bike Tour; Sponsored by the Create Columbus Commission

Referred to as “the bible of black travel during Jim Crow,” the Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guidebook that listed black-friendly businesses like restaurants, hotels, and bars where black travelers could feel safe visiting. This bike tour will lead you through various Columbus stops as listed in the Green Book and give you insight on the history of civil rights & the city. Tour will be led by Rory Krupp of Owen & Eastlake; Owen & Eastlake is in the process of researching the African American Civil Rights sites in Ohio for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office .BYOB (bring your own bike) or request a free bike pass to rent one! (Capacity: 15)

All brick everything in German Village. Source: Matthew Dickey

Wo ist mein handy? A photo tour of German Village.

Join Matthew (an instagram-and history- obsessed photographer from Boston) and Sarah  (a preservationist, local historian, and the coolest cat around) as we zag and zig around the picturesque German Village, a 233 acre historic district in south side Columbus. Our tour will include the quaintest corner of Ohio, ample red brick, seedy history, and extremely Instagrammable corners. We’ll stride and hop through German Village, Schumacher Place, and Parsons. We will tip back some suds in the beautiful Two Dollar Radio HQ, a Columbus-based indie publishing company. There might even be an historic car or two. #Itwillbeawesome! (Capacity: 30, split into 2 groups)

Jimmy Rea is how many people fondly refer to Fire Engine House #6. Source: Robert Tobin

Finding a Future for Franklinton’s Fire Engine House #6

Let’s take a deeper dive into some preservation tools. We will be exploring and learning from the Fire Engine House #6 in Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood. Workshop participants will have an exclusive tour of a former firehouse turned electronics shop prior to redevelopment. Touring the building with Heritage Ohio, you’ll have the opportunity to learn their vision for the space and their hope for ensuring the structure stands another 100 years. Following the tour, your group will deep dive into historic tax credits. The conversation will discuss the ins and outs of tax credits from development to the State Historic Preservation Office review process. This workshop will give you a greater understanding of the financial incentives available to restore a historic structure! (Capacity: 15)


Urban Rangers Hike*

This hike will bring participants through various places in the core neighborhoods of Columbus. This is an immersive experience where we will be examining connectivity between neighborhoods, public space, and our relationship to urban form. We promote conversations along the way about preservation, pedestrianism, development, etc. We may stray a little off course if an opportunity arises. We’ll be stopping approximately mid way through at a local watering hole for a rest and refreshment. Be Prepared: We suggest wearing sturdy, broken in shoes, appropriate outerwear, and for participants to bring water – we want everyone to feel good! Notes: This hike is not a historic tour developed from our research. Instead, it’s part of an ongoing project that examines cities through a pedestrian lens.

About: Urban rangers brings people together to explore the urban environment. We promote a curiosity for ecology of cities and urban form though guided community hikes and other events. Your guide Derek is the VP of Cincinnati Preservation Collective and works as a freelance creative contributing to organizations and immersive events that help folks discover more about places and relate to the communities they live. For more on Urban Rangers visit their website. Tour will be from 2:00-5:30pm. (Capacity: 20)

You’ll have the opportunity to learn how photographer Stephen Takacs utilizes traditional technology for contemporary images. Source: Stephen Takacs

Art Spaces in Old Places*

Artists often lead the way with neighborhood resurgence and we will visit two artists work spaces (400 W. Rich and Blockfort) and one artist living space (Milo Grogan High School) that are doing just that. We will get a tour of each space and hear about how and why they ended up in their location and what their plans are for the future. This will include visiting a couple of artist studios, viewing a current art show up in one of the spaces, and touring an artist residence. You will love learning how Stephen Takacs is using the traditional tintype techniques for contemporary photography! This tour will involve carpooling to the three locations and last 2.5-3hours. (Capacity: 15)

One of the many buildings you’ll stroll by on our downtown Columbus walking tour! Source: Robert Tobin

Cap Square, the heart of Ohio and its Capital City*

Cap Square will include not only the historic square, but the host of fascinating structures in the immediate neighborhood which is the true core of Ohio’s Capital. The walking tour will begin at the historic Supreme Court of Ohio at the intersection of Front and State Streets, and weave through downtown. Highlights of the tour will include the following structures and points of interest: the Supreme Court of Ohio, The Lazarus Building (once housing Columbus’ legendary department store), the Ohio Theatre; Historic Trinity Church; the Columbus riverfront and the 1930s governmental complex which includes the police headquarters, the old post office (now federal court house) and Columbus City Hall, the exact center of the city, and more…! Don’t worry, we will be stepping inside a few buildings along the route! Check tour guide Robert Tobin’s instagram and get excited! Tour will be from 2:00-4:30ishpm (Capacity: 20)

Saturday Evening, 7:30pm – ‘Til We Drop

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No better place to drink than an old fraternal hall! Source: German Village Society

Prost to Preservation: 3rd Annual #BeerSavesPlaces Competition; Sponsored by MKSK and the Create Columbus Commission

Join your fellow preservationists and Prost! for preservation at the German Village Meeting Haus! The German Village Meeting Haus was built in 1923 for the Moose Lodge fraternal organization. Bring your own 6-pack to enter the third annual Rust Belt beer competition (full rules here), screenprint a Columbus-centric koozie with Alison Rose, and enjoy local grub from Pierogi Mountain (Guy Fieri approvedguyfieri)! Beer competition winners announced at 9:00pm. (Capacity: 200)

Image of the Brewery District in 1900, published in The Story of Columbus. Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

After Party: Brewery District Bar Crawl

Leave the German Village Meeting Haus at 10:30pm and enjoy a bar crawl through the locally designated Brewery District. You’ll enjoy strolling the streets like the German brewers in the 1800s!


Sunday Morning, 10am-Noon

Example of a heart bomb created by the Young Ohio Preservationists during their 2016 Igloo Letterpress Workshop

Craftivism: Advocacy and Letterpress Workshop; Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn letterpress and refine your advocacy techniques at Igloo Letterpress in historic downtown Worthington! This 2-hour advocacy workshop will begin with a letterpress workshop, where you will have the opportunity to create preservation-themed postcards. After printing your postcards, we will learn advocacy techniques from Diana Tisue, Marketing Campaigns Project Manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We will conclude the workshop with all participants writing a postcard to a legislator to promote a historic preservation effort they are passionate about. Postage, pastries from Angry Baker, and coffee will be provided. (Capacity: 40)

The Ohio History Center  opened in 1970. Source:

Ohio History Center

Self explore at the Ohio History Center! This Brutalist building is home to an incredible Lustron exhibition, a new public housing exhibition, and much more! Complimentary admission to registrants, thanks to support from the Ohio History Connection. Registrants must pick up tickets from event organizers on Friday or Saturday. (Capacity: 30)

Sunday Afternoon, Noon – 1pm

Downtown Worthington Walking Tour

Enjoy strolling through downtown with the Worthington Historical Society. Established in the early 1800s, visiting Worthington is like stepping back in time. We look forward to finding out the hidden histories of the buildings downtown! (Capacity: 30)

A sleek midcentury sign. Source: Sarah Marsom

Photo Walk of Rush Creek Village

Go on a stroll through one of the most unique mid century neighborhoods in central Ohio. Homes in Rush Creek Village were built in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes. Theodore van Fossen planned the entire community, selecting house sites and designing the homes. This is private residential area, so please keep your exploration to the road/sidewalks. (Capacity: 40)

We would like to thank the German Village Society, Ohio History Connection, Two Dollar Radio, Columbus City Schools, Ohio V. The World podcast, Igloo Letterpress, Owen & Eastlake LtdWorthington Historical Society, and Heritage Ohio for their in-kind support.










Meet the Winners: Tiny Jane Scholarship

Even after Jane Jacobs’ death, she continues to have an impact on how individuals view the built environment and its impact on communities. The Tiny Jane Project pays respect to her life’s work and presents a fun way to spread preservation/planning awareness. Sixty Tiny Jane dolls were sewn by project founder Sarah Marsom with the assistance of Young Ohio Preservationist board members and sold with 100% of profits being donated to the first Tiny Jane Scholarship.

Representatives from RBCoYP organizations reviewed dozens of scholarship applications and selected five emerging professionals to receive a $200 stipend to assist with registration for PastForward, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference.



Who you are: Jim Gonzalez; Preservation Intern at Toledo Revival. BFA in Fashion Photography from the Academy of Art University. Previously spent two years as the Social Media Coordinator, and served on the Preservation Grants Committee of the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco. 2016 Alum of the Victorian Society in America’s Newport Summer School.

Where you live: Toledo, Ohio as of August 2017. Previously, the San Francisco Bay Area.

Your favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: Though I haven’t visited DC yet, my favorite building is the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It’s the structure that first introduced me to my favorite architectural style: Second Empire.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: It’s a simple answer, but: learning.
Where we can find you on social media: @thecardiganking on Instagram



Who you are: Amelia Decoster; I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013; and began the Masters of Fine Arts Historic Preservation program in 2014 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. I am currently finishing my thesis. In October, I will be presenting my thesis as a Student Scholar at the Association for Preservation Technology Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.
Where you live: St. Paul, Minnesota
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: I am really interested in opera houses — all kinds! American, European, grand, humble, etc.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or storyWhile you are looking, you might as well also listen, linger and think about what you see.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I look forward to meeting the other young and emerging professionals; I am excited to hear what they are doing and how they are contributing to preservation.
Where we can find you on social media: LinkedIn


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Who are you: Jacqueline Drayer; I am the Outreach and Grants Manager at the DC Preservation League. My work includes just about anything related to preservation advocacy and education, and I have a background in architectural research. I love adaptive use, photographing cities, and eating ramen.
Where you live: I live in Washington, DC. It is a wonderful city for historic preservation because of strong preservation laws and 250 years worth of diverse architecture. Washington is more than the Capitol and neoclassical buildings!
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: A few of my favorite structures are St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, River Park Mutual Homes in Washington, and the Moses Bridge in Halsteren, the Netherlands.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: My favorite Jane Jacobs photo is this one. The era of protesting preservation issues peaked before my time, so it’s hard not to romanticize it. Her poster is also a perfect universal sentiment.
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I look forward to learning about how others are encouraging new swaths of their communities to join preservation efforts in creative ways.
Where we can find you on social media: My personal Instagram is @jackie.bird and I manage DCPL’s account: @DCPresLeague.



Who you are: Kyle Anthony-Petter; I will be a senior at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Historic Preservation, with a minor in history and architectural design. I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: My favorite historic landscape is Faust Estate in Saint Louis, which shows early 20th century domestic architecture of agriculture structures.  The structures were built by many prominent architects from the Saint Louis area. I enjoy the landscape surrounding the buildings which forms and unifies the structures with their surroundings.

Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design.”

What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: What I am looking forward to the most about this conference is meeting others from all over the country.  It will be great to learn more about historic preservation from different people’s perspectives.  I am excited about first PastForward conference.

Where we can find you on social media: I can be found on Instagram @historic_prez and on facebook at Kyle Petter.




Who you are: Tim Wood; I’m a MS student in Historic Preservation with a focus on cultural resource management at the University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon.

Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: My favorite historic/cultural landscape is the Columbia River Gorge with its many hiking trails, waterfalls, and scenic views.

Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: One of my favorite Jane Jacobs’ quotes is “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I am very excited to attend the PastForward to meet with fellow preservationists and discuss how the field of historic preservation is evolving and what we see on the horizon.

Where we can find you on social media: LinkedIn

Information regarding 2018 scholarship applications will be announced January 2018. For more information visit! We would also like to thank Heritage Ohio for being the fiduciary of this passion project.


ROC the Rust Belt Takeover!

ROC the Rust Belt Takeover!

It’s almost time for the Rust Belt to take over Rochester! Here’s the weekend’s schedule (subject to minor changes). Registration ends July 1 so don’t delay!

Spend the weekend exploring the Flower City (aka Flour City) with the YUPs! We’ll experience Rochester’s transportation history firsthand, check out the waterfalls in the middle of the city, walk through the country’s oldest municipally-owned cemetery, visit murals by internationally-renowned street artists, and get behind-the-scenes tours of downtown landmarks. We can’t wait to show you why we love the ROC!



7 PM – Welcome to Rochester: Friday night we’re hanging out at Rochester’s newest adaptive reuse project, Radio Social. Named in homage to the radio manufacturer that inhabited the space during WWII, it now boasts a restaurant, bar, and bowling lanes–everything we’ll need to kick-off a great weekend!

Image courtesy: Radio Social


9 AM – Breakfast at the Market: Rochester’s outdoor Public Market has been the place for thousands of people from all walks of life to do their weekend shopping and mingling since 1905 and is increasingly driving reinvestment in the surrounding neighborhood. Chris and Tyler are regular market-goers and will orient you as you explore the 400 stalls and pick up breakfast.


11 AM – Rochester Must-Sees and Must-Eats: After breakfast we’ll head over to the High Falls neighborhood, home to our famous downtown waterfall. High Falls was the center of much of Rochester’s industrial past and offers one of the best views in the city. You’ll get an orientation to the city from The Landmark Society’s renowned, walking encyclopedia, Cynthia Howk. No one in Rochester knows more about Rochester’s buildings and history.


From there, we’ll explore some vestiges of Rochester’s rich transportation history. After working up quite the appetite, we’ll stuff our faces at Nick Tahou’s. Located in a former railroad depot, Tahou’s is the home of Rochester’s culinary masterpiece the Garbage Plate and is a must-have on any Rochester visit.

2-4 PM – Breakout Tours

After lunch, choose one of three different tours, each exploring a unique piece of Rochester:

  • Death in a Time of Cholera: Exploring Mount Hope, America’s first Victorian municipal cemetery. We’ll learn about the origins of the 19th century ‘rural cemetery’ movement and Mount Hope’s founding in response to a cholera epidemic. We’ll explore Mount Hope’s unique glacial landscape of high hills and deep valleys, winding eskers and deep kettles. The walk will take us to the final resting places of some notable folks, including Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, where election day visits have become a Rochester tradition.

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  • Wall\Therapy: Rochester has over 100 murals, many of which are thanks to Wall\Therapy which brings artists from around the globe and right here in Rochester to paint murals across the city. Wall\Therapy’s goal is to use public art to spark discussion and inspiration. In the spirit of that goal, we’ll visit a number of the murals and gain some insight from one of Wall\Therapy’s experts on the stories behind the paintings. (NOTE: Sadly, our bike share program won’t be launching until the following week so if you can bring your own bike, that’s great! If not, we’ll have some extras).


  • Lower Falls – Hydro-power, lost settlements, and bridges that spanned too far: No weekend for preservation nerds would be complete without a behind-the-scenes building tour! Crawl through Rochester’s oldest operating hydroelectric station at the precipice of our tallest waterfall, deep in the river gorge, and beneath a bridge that twice fell into the valley below. Come explore one of Rochester’s most unique buildings and idyllic natural sites.

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4 PM – Free time

6 PM – Dinner with Ms. PacMan: We’ll all meet up again for dinner, drinks and arcade games. Swillburger\\Playhouse, Rochester’s only barcade, is the best place to fuel up (on locally sourced burgers, tots, and milkshakes) and relive your 90s childhood before heading out on the town Saturday night. Also, it’s in an adapted historic church, with interior spaces designed by local furniture company, Staach. (Vegan and vegetarian options available)



9 AM – Breakfast in Times Square: It may not have quite as many lights or tourists as New York City’s Times Square, but Rochester’s has peregrine falcons and will have breakfast waiting for you on Sunday morning. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will host a breakfast discussion after which we’ll tour the building, more formally known as the Genesee Valley Trust Building. An integral piece of Rochester’s skyline since 1929, the building has also been home to two peregrine falcons since 2008. We’ll end the tour under the building’s most iconic feature, the 97 foot tall monumental sculpture of aluminum and stone called, Wings of Progress.


11 AM – Epic East Side Dog Walk: Shake off the Genny Cream Ale from last night and earn your lunch with a brisk, approximately 5 ½ mile walk through some of the most beautiful and unique neighborhoods and hidden treasures Rochester has to offer. If you have a friendly dog, bring your companion. If not, we will have some on-hand to offer companionship and occasional motivational yipping. We will leave from 341 Barrington Street promptly at 11:00.


2 PM – Send off BBQ: Grill and chill with your new and old building nerd friends at 341 Barrington Street before exploring Rochester more or heading home (to watch the Game of Thrones season premiere!!).  BYOB.


Locations: Fear not–we will supply you with a google map of all locations and recommended eats, bars, and coffee shops before the weekend starts. You’ll also be equipped with a hard copy “concierge sheet” that will give you the most important deets.

Transportation: Rochester is a very compact, bikeable city. Because our bikeshare won’t be launched yet, we encourage you to bring your own bikes. We’ll also be rounding up a bunch we can loan you if you choose to go on the Wall\Therapy bike tour. We’ll send a poll out in advance to get a headcount of who needs a bike. Our bus system isn’t the fastest way to get around town but you can check it out here. AAAND we’ll finally be getting Uber and Lyft at the end of June!!

Parking: Rochester utilizes alternate side parking. Apparently this isn’t a thing in other cities??!! Basically, it means you can’t park your car for the weekend and forget about it (unless you’re at a meter downtown). In most neighborhoods, you have a 1-hour window between 6 and 7 PM to move your car to the other side of the street. Pay close attention to the parking signs as they’re admittedly super confusing. In general though, you can always find parking within a block or two of wherever you’re going.

Lodging: If you requested lodging when you registered, after registration closes, you’ll receive an email with your lodging assignment.

Furry, four-legged friends: We’d love to have an army of dogs at Sunday’s Epic East Side Dog Walk! If you have a friendly, well-behaved dog you want to bring along for the weekend, let us know and we’ll put you up at a dog-friendly house. Just be aware that many of the weekend’s activities are not dog-friendly and your pooch may need to be left alone at a stranger’s house for extended periods of time.


Once you’ve registered, stay tuned for an email with all this information, a packing list, and a link to let us know which events you’re planning to attend and whether you need a bike.