Partners in Training Spring 2019 Call for Proposals

The Historic Preservation Education Foundation's Spring 2019 Partners in Training call for proposals is now open. Since 2014, the initiative has provided grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 to projects based in the United States that further HPEF’s mission of providing training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology.

Partners in Training was developed partly in response to cuts in public funding for preservation skills training. It seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other U.S. educational institutions and organizations that share its passion for the technical aspects of preservation. With Partners in Training support, local, regional, and national preservation nonprofits, a community college, and a university preservation program have organized a variety of projects dealing with the preservation of adobe, masonry, and millwork, treating traditional cultural properties, and scanning historic building product catalogs. Past grant recipients and completed projects.

HPEF invites educational institutions and nonprofit organizations based in the United States to submit training proposals that address specialized topics associated with technical aspects of preservation projects. The program goals are to support technical preservation training and education, to continue the organization’s history of partnering with educational institutions and organizations, and to leverage HPEF’s organizational experience to support new and unique training opportunities. The current call for proposals closes on June 15, 2019, decisions will be announced in mid-July. If you would like to be notified of the opening of the next call for proposals, please email:

Additional information, including guidelines and an online application for the current call, can be found here: Partners in Training.

Participants in HPEF-supported adobe workshop.

Participants in HPEF-supported adobe workshop.

Architecture Students Document the Historic Schweikher House

In the fall of 2016, graduate students in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture’s ARCH 518-Recording Historic Buildings seminar are preparing drawings and other historic documentation on the historic Paul Schweikher House in Schaumburg, Illinois for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). Led by Associate Professor Paul Kapp and supported by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the team is visiting the suburban site to record the building following a process established for documenting historic buildings by the National Park Service. At semester’s end, the students will submit their final package of measured drawings, field notes, photographs and other materials to the National Park Service’s Historic American Building Survey (HABS) as their entry into the Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition and for inclusion in the HABS archive at the Library of Congress, the nation’s largest collection of historic architectural, engineering and landscape documentation.

The brick, wood, and glass house was designed by Paul Schweikher in 1937 and built the following year as his residence and studio. Influenced by Japanese vernacular forms, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie designs, and 1930s European International Style models, Schweikher developed a unique structure blending modernism with attention to natural materials and engagement with the then-rural site. The Schweikher House is the only structure currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Schaumburg, a large and populous postwar Chicago suburb. The house is currently owned by the Village of Schaumburg and operated by the Schweikher House Preservation Trust.

In 2013, HPEF sponsored a similar project to document the 1949 Charles and Ray Eames House in Pacific Palisades in collaboration with the University of Southern California Heritage Conservation program, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Eames Foundation.

University of Illinois students document the historic Schweikher House with HPEF support.

Eames House HABS-Level Documentation Project on Library of Congress website

The modernist home of designers Charles and Ray Eames is now featured in the online Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection at the Library of Congress. The Eames House and Studio in Pacific Palisades, California, was designed by the couple in 1949 and for over twenty years served as a base for their prolific careers developing furniture, buildings, exhibitions, toys, and films that have come to define “mid-century modern.”

In 2013, a team sponsored by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the University of Southern California Heritage Conservation program, and the Getty Conservation Institute documented the home and studio with the support of the Eames Foundation. The historical architects, landscape architects, historians, and USC heritage conservation student interns developed a detailed historical narrative and thirteen high-resolution measured drawings including floor plans, elevations, and details of stairs and window modules. As with other HABS materials digitized and held by the Library of Congress, the drawings and narrative are freely available online for download and public use.

The project was part of an ongoing collaboration between the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation to expand the representation of post-World War II sites in the HABS/Library of Congress collection. For more information, visit the Historic American Building Survey/Library Congress collection.

Eames House HABS-Level Documentation

Spring 2016 Partners in Training Supported Events

Historic Preservation Education Foundation’s Partners in Training program supported several events in Spring 2016.

The Montana Preservation Alliance hosted a workshop entitled “The ABCs and 123s of Schoolhouse Preservation” on June 4 in Red Lodge, MT. Addressing the basics of preserving small, rural schoolhouses the event demonstrated how to document and assess conditions, determine when to work with professionals or tackle hands-on do-it-yourself fix-ups, and how to find funding and volunteers. A second workshop was held in Helena, MT in September.

The Galveston Historical Foundation’s “Approaching Water: A Symposium on Strategies for Adapting Historic Buildings to Coastal Flooding”was held on June 16-17. Using four case study historic houses in flood-prone areas, the symposium explored a variety of mitigation strategies including reinforcement, structural elevation, and flood-proofing.

Since 2014, HPEF’s Partners in Training program has provided support for thirteen initiatives that increase technical preservation training and education.

Lee H. Nelson Papers Presentation and Exhibition

Historic Preservation Education Foundation Intern Emily Vance presented a talk on the life and work of preservation pioneer Lee Nelson at the University of Oregon’s Special Collections and University Archives on February 26, 2014. Vance, a student at the University’s Historic Preservation Program, also opened an exhibition that she developed at the Knight Library featuring items from the Lee Nelson Papers. The presentation and exhibition extended Vance’s recently completed work on an annotated bibliography of the Lee Nelson collection held at the university’s archives. The detailed bibliography of Nelson’s papers will aid those interested in utilizing the collection and celebrate Nelson’s contribution to the field. The reception following Vance’s presentation and the ongoing exhibition are hosted by the Special Collections and University Archives at University of Oregon.

Throughout his long career as a National Park Service architect, Lee Nelson (1928-1994) helped nurture and shape the historic preservation movement in the United States. He was a co-founder of the Association for Preservation Technology International and led the investigation and documentation of Independence Hall and other historic sites. As Chief of the Technical Preservation Services in the National Park Service, Nelson established the Preservation Brief series and oversaw the publication of numerous other case studies and technical guidance. Lee Nelson’s papers, including historic structure reports, correspondence, published and unpublished research, pamphlets, articles, and images are held by the University of Oregon’s Special Collections & University Archives.

HPEF Co-Sponsors Craft Skills Development Summit

The building industry and historic preservation community have recognized a systemic shortage of well-educated, trained, and experienced persons working in traditional crafts. These labor and skill shortages can lead to contract delays, higher costs, and a serious diminution in the quality of work on historic structures.

To address these issues and to identify successful initiatives and partners, the Association for Preservation Technology International and the Preservation Trades Network invited a broad cross-section of educators, contractors, designers, and regulators to participate in a Craft Skills Development Summit on April 23, 2013, in Washington, DC. HPEF is pleased to have co-sponsored this event.

Delegates at the Preservation Craft Skills Summit. (Photo credit: © J. Bryan Blundell)

Delegates at the Preservation Craft Skills Summit. (Photo credit: © J. Bryan Blundell)

HPEF Co-Sponsors Workshop in Preserving Historic Religious Architecture

Churches and synagogues are among the most treasured landmarks in any community. They play invaluable roles in people’s spiritual lives as well as being places where social services and other programs of important community benefit take place. Nevertheless, the upkeep of these buildings presents numerous challenges. HPEF is pleased to co-sponsor a one-day workshop, Preserving Religious Properties: A Practical Workshop for Caretakers of Older Churches and Synagogues. The event was held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Attendees learned how to assess their building’s needs, get advice on moving forward with a preservation project, learn about approaches to funding, and network with others who can provide assistance and support.

For a brochure with additional information about the event, visit the workshop host website: Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE).

12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone

The 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone took place on 22-26 October 2012 in New York City. More than 300 conservationists, material scientists, and scholars from 30 different countries in North and South America, Europe, North Africa, and Asia attended. The Congress featured 168 poster presentations, 78 oral presentations, and 13 tours on topics including documentation, forms and mechanisms of deterioration, and materials and methods of conservation. Sixteen organizations and individuals supported the conference, along with primary sponsors Columbia University and HPEF.

A fund was established in honor of Norman Weiss’s thirty-five years of teaching in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University. From this fund, the conference awarded twenty-two scholarships to help students traveling to New York for the conference. The Netherland-America Foundation provided three additional scholarships for students from the Netherlands.

Norman Weiss with students who received a scholarship to attend the 12th Stone Conference

Norman Weiss with students who received a scholarship to attend the 12th Stone Conference