Jeff Morgan, (515)
(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Property
owners, preservationists and developers will converge on Music Man Square next
week to learn more about how historic preservation initiatives, financial incentives
and the latest in restoration products can boost economic growth.
The two-day seminar is scheduled
for June 23-24, 2005 at Music Man Square in downtown Mason City and offers a wide
range of topics for development and preservation professionals, property owners
and local preservation commissioners. The seminar is sponsored by Main Street
Iowa, Department of Economic Development and the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Mason City’s downtown
and historic neighborhoods provide a wonderful setting to witness preservation
in action. The restoration of the Park Inn–the only remaining hotel designed
by Frank Lloyd Wright–will be used as a case study. Participants will also
have the opportunity to tour Wright’s historic Stockman House and others
in the Rock Glen/Rock Crest Neighborhood.
Featured speakers include Dan Carmody
and Anne Grimmer. Carmody is the principal developer for Renaissance Rock Island,
and is highly regarded by the National Main Street Center, the International Downtown
Association and Main Street Iowa for his expertise in property development. He
has more than 16 years experience in community-initiated development and leads
an organization with more than $30 million in proposed projects.
Grimmer is a senior architectural
historian with the Technical Preservation Services Branch, Heritage Preservation
Services Program of the National Park Service. She has more than 30 years experience
working in the field of preservation, and has been instrumental in developing
and interpreting historic preservation policy on a national level.
The seminar will also focus on
tax credits, archives, building codes & historic buildings, negotiating deals
and demolition issues.
Registration can be made
by contacting Main Street Iowa, Iowa Department of Economic Development, 200 East
Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 or by contacting Jane Seaton at 515-242-4756
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