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Takeaways from the NY Statewide 2024 Preservation Conference

Earlier this week, Nancy Redeye and Aubrey Fan attended the Landmark Society of WNY's NY Statewide Preservation Conference in Rochester, NY. FBA regularly attends this conference to connect with other local professionals as well as members of the greater Preservation Community. The venue at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester was a gorgeous spot for sessions and the Keynote - Nakita Reed. Nakita spoke about how sustainability and preservation goals go hand in hand and her work with rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

Aubrey attended the Beautiful Old Windows Workshop on Tuesday with The Old Window Company. She learned a lot through discussions about historic windows and how historic wood windows can be superior in terms of workmanship, materials, serviceability and beauty. With proper maintenance, these will last hundreds of years and with storm sashes, single-pane windows are as efficient as newer windows. As FBA would tell you, the greenest property is a well-maintained, existing one! Aubrey even got to practice her glazing skills under the professional's watchful eye.

Our resident historic theater expert, Nancy attended a presentation and tour at the rehabilitated Little Theatre. The Little Theatre is a historic Art Deco theater on East Avenue that was lovingly restored and brought back to life by our colleagues at Bero Architecture. The attention to detail and extensive research involved in the project was certainly of note. And we know this got the wheels in Nancy's brain moving as we are working on the New Angola Theater right now, which was built at the same time.

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