Historic Districts Council Conference at St. Francis This Saturday

The Historic Districts Council, which advocates the preservation of historic neighborhoods in New York City, will hold its 17th annual Preservation Conference, “Looking Forward, Looking Back”, this weekend, with the main event, a series of lectures, to be held at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, on Saturday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: The conference, which aims to address some major questions affecting the preservation movement over the past four decades, will examine the history and changes within the preservation community that have taken place. Successful campaigns, unfortunate losses, lessons learned and how to use this information to inform future preservation campaigns, will also be discussed.

Among the speakers will be Francis Morrone, distinguished historian and author of An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, along with preservation advocates from other parts of the City. Admission to the Conference is $45, or $35 for Friends of HDC or seniors, and is waived for students with ID. You may RSVP and arrange payment by calling (212) 614-9107 or by going to the HDC website.

There will be an opening reception on Friday evening, March 4, starting at 6:00, at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 West 44th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, in Manhattan. Tickets for the reception, which is not included in the Conference registration fee, are $35 per person, or $30 for Friends of HDC, seniors or students.

There are also walking tours on Sunday, March 6, including one of the Wallabout Bay neighborhood near Brooklyn Navy Yard, and several in other boroughs. A walking tour is included in the Conference registration fee; if you want to go on one, select it when you register and you will be told where and when to meet for the tour.

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