RSVP for saving the Wisconsin Historic Theater – isthmus



Media Release: The Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has launched this workshop with professional sponsors from across the state. This event is recommended for community and economic development teams, theater owners, property developers, and citizens interested in preserving their local heritage and historic buildings. The workshop will introduce the successes and challenges faced by Wisconsin’s historic theaters and best practices of historic preservation. You will learn how to run a revitalization plan for your local theater or Main Street project. Experts talk about all aspects of a historical restoration or adaptive re-use of a property and how to turn it into an economic engine. Held at Hillside Homeschool, Taliesin, Route 23, Spring Green, WI 53588


8: 00-11: 30 a.m. check-in and networking; Food and drinks are provided. Guided tours through Taliesin | Information on registration will follow shortly!

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm welcome. Matt Jarosz HPI, WTHP | Daina Penkiunas WHS, SHPO | Stuart Graff, CEO FLWF

Catering lunch: sandwiches and drinks from ECS Midwest LLC

12:15 – 13:00 Keynote address: Saving historical theaters. Success stories and challenges – connection with the national network of theater monument preservationists. Ken Stein, CEO, League of Historic American Theaters

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 1) Wisconsin Theater Stories: Successes and Challenges – Stories from the Front Line. Seven theaters: West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, Chilton, New London, Baraboo, Menomonie

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 2) Project Economics: NPS Requirements and Funding Sources – Reuse of Historic Buildings. Jon Beck, The Alexander Company – Works in Wisconsin developing funding strategies

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 3) Main Street Economics: Catalytic Effects in City Centers – Strategies for Small Communities. Errin Welty, Wisconsin Main Street – Economic Impact of Theater Reuse – Case Studies

5:00 p.m. – Closed barbecue evening. Dinner, drinks and music from Bond Facade Services (formerly Spray-O-Bond)


8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Check-in and networking. Contractor / consultant tables on display all day. TechRender LLC Food and Beverage

9:00 am – 9:45 am 4) Laser scanning: Advanced high-tech tools for documenting – fast, accurate and inexpensive. William Krueger, UWM Historic Preservation Institute | Vince Scalici, TechRender LLC

10:00 am – 10:45 am 5) Building research: Finding information and assessing framework conditions – setting project priorities. Donna Weiss, Design Studio Preserve | Jen Davel, Heritage Consulting Group

11:00 am – 11:45 am 6) Decorative surfaces and synthetic glass: examination, analysis, treatment – decorative interior surfaces. Eileen Grogan, Conrad Schmitt Studios, Inc. | Tony Kartsonas, Historic Surfaces LLC

12 – 12:45 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Restoration Techniques: Case Studies from Around the World. Nikolas Vakalis, expert in wall painting and stone restoration. (Rome, Italy & Athens, Greece) plus LUNCH

13:00 – 13:45 7) Composition of the team: general contracting, selection of specialist dealers – search for qualified subs. Bryce Unger, CG Schmidt Co, Simon Leverett, Leverett mason consultant

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 8) Marquee tents and lighting: Special items – the challenge of preserving historical character. Dan Yoder, Sign Art Studio, Mount Horeb | Allyson Nemec, Quorum Architects Inc.

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Final panel discussion: questions and answers for speakers. Announcement of the spring workshop

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Final guided tour through the buildings and grounds of Taliesin



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