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Preservation planners, experts host ‘A Conversation in Preservation’ on Oct. 24

A panel of experts in the field of preservation, including Richard Guy Wilson, will lead a public discussion on the state of restoration as part of “A Conversation in Preservation” being hosted at Salve Regina University's Ochre Court on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9-11 a.m.

Presented by the university’s Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program with support from Salve Regina Chancellor M. Therese Antone, RSM, the event is open to the public, although space is limited. To RSVP, call (401) 341-3172.

Richard Guy Wilson, the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia and longtime host of “America’s Castles” on A&E, will present remarks to introduce the morning. Wilson, a Salve Regina honorary degree recipient, specializes in the architecture, design and art of the 18th to 21st centuries both in America and abroad. He was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University (England) in 2007. He has directed the Victorian Society’s Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and Newport. He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS and A&E, including 67 segments of “America’s Castles.”

Alyssa Lozupone, a Salve Regina CHP graduate who went on to get her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a fellow at the Preservation Society of Newport County, will then talk about the importance of education for the effective practice of historic preservation in the U.S.

Robert Russell, professor and chairman of Salve Regina’s CHP program, will then present “Seeing Clearly: Old Houses, New Windows and Real Sustainability,” a talk about the value – both historic and economic – of retaining original fabric in a historic structure.

Wilson, Lozupone and Russell will then be joined on a panel by Diana Sylvaria, chair of Newport’s Historic District Commission, and Justin Martin, preservation planner for the city of Providence, for a discussion. Owners of historic properties will have the opportunity to ask questions about HDCs, planning and zoning issues, and other issues as they relate to preservation.