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Wednesday, September 12

5-8 p.m. Opening Reception
The Opening Reception will be held at the Winona Savings Bank (1914-1916), a distinctive Egyptian Revival building with Prairie School detailing designed by Chicago architect George W. Maher. You won't want to miss the beautiful polished Italian mar- ble, inlaid stone, Tiffany Studios stained glass and, on the second floor, original furniture in meeting rooms and African safari trophies from the bank's original owners, the King family.

Thursday, September 13

7:45-9:15 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Winona County History Center

  • Honorable Mark Peterson, Mayor of Winona
  • Representative Gene Pelowski, Jr., District 28A (invited)
  • Senator Jeremy Miller, District 28
  • Amy Spong, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Curt Yoakum, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Administration
  • Michael Koop, Certified Local Government Coordinator

10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
Winona County History Center

11:00-12:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Winona County History Center

The Commission's Commissions Dan Becker, Heritage Arts, Raleigh, NC

"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world." 
 — Benjamin Harrison

Dan Becker brings more than 25 years of preservation commission staff leadership experience to this year's conference keynote. He will share insights gleaned from the trenches about the role of the commission in communities' life, of what makes it possessive, of historic district's buildings, and it's hard to imagine its certain future. Dan is also the Apostrophe Prince of Preservation and will enjoy the opportunity to discuss the importance of this often misunderstood, much abused, and seriously maligned punctuation mark. Comma hear what he has to say about barns, lighthouses and modern infill.

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own in Downtown Winona

1:45-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Infill Development or "You Can't Save Everything": Post-Demolition Design Dilemmas and Solutions
Winona County History Center
Sometimes a building located within a historic district just has to be demolished, either because it was severely damaged by a fire or other natural disaster, or due to intentional or benign neglect. This session will explore how the cities of Pipestone and Winona – and their respective Heritage Preservation Commissions – handled infill development projects by planning for and reacting to the loss of significant historic buildings in their respective downtown historic districts.
Doug Fortune, Building & Zoning Administrator, City of Pipestone
Luke Sims, Assistant City Planner, City of Winona

Making the Most of Modernism (1): Preparing for the Next Wave of Preservation
Home & Community Options, 66 E. 3rd St.
This is the first of a two-part track organized to inform attendees about modern architecture – defined here as the architecture of the mid-to-late twentieth century. The first session will include information about how to identify, evaluate, and advocate for modern architecture. The second session will focus on the challenges of rehabilitation, including applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Modern properties aren't always pretty, but they are the future of preservation, adaptive reuse, and rehabilitation. Through examples we will help you learn how to identify significant buildings built after 1945, incorporate them into your community's preservation planning, and celebrate the rich architecture and history of the modern era.
Michael Bjornberg, FAIA, Leo A Daly
Todd Grover, AIA, MacDonald & Mack Architects
Barbara A.M. Howard, Stonebridge Learning
John Smoley, Ph.D, City of Minneapolis Planner and Historian

Walking Tours 101: Making History Educational & Healthy
Nate & Ally's, 109 E. 3rd St
Walking tours are great programs that serve many purposes: they allow participants to experience history in the places they live and work, they raise revenue for your organization, and they encourage people to get active! Walking tours are a terrific way for history and preservation organizations to get visitors outside of their buildings and into the communities they serve. If you've wanted to learn how to create a walking tour from the ground up, this session is for you! Learn the basics of 1) how to identify potential areas that would work well for walking tours; 2) research the history of those areas (especially those with sensitive history); and 3) lead a tour that draws large crowds and leaves people asking, "When are you going to offer that again?"
Dustin Heckman, Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums
Chris Schuelke, Executive Director, Otter Tail County Historical Society

Mobile (walking) Tour of Downtown Winona Tax Credit Projects (max. capacity: 15)
This special walking tour will visit three projects (one in process) involving previously underutilized commercial buildings whose rehabilitation was made possible by Federal historic tax credits. Sites will include the Beck Building, the Kirch-Latsch Building, and the Pletke Building. Note: this tour is limited to 15 and is entirely on foot.
Myron White, City of Winona, Tour Leader

3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
Winona County History Center

3:30-4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Preventing Demolition By Neglect: A Community Transformation Strategy
 Winona County History Center
Deteriorated buildings with disengaged owners can be a drag on Main Street vitality. Code enforcement may be required when owners don't or won't take action. Learn to protect important Main Street structures by establishing and using a demolition by neglect ordinance. This session will cover the legal and economic hardship principles that ensure fairness and equity, address how to develop defensible standards, and offer practical advice on leveraging community collaboration and supporting enforcement officials.
Dan Becker, Heritage Arts, Raleigh, NC

Making the Most of Modernism (2): Preparing for the Next Wave of Preservation
Home & Community Options, 66 E. 3rd St.
This is the second of a two-part track organized to inform attendees about modern architecture. The second session will focus on the challenges of rehabilitation, including applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation to projects in modern buildings and sites. Once you have determined a modern building is worthy of preservation, you need to understand the programmatic, environmental, and functional challenges inherent in its repair, preservation, and reuse. We'll review the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and provide examples on how to apply them to modern architecture.
Michael Bjornberg, FAIA,
Todd Grover, AIA, MacDonald & Mack Architects
Barbara A.M. Howard, Stonebridge Learning
John Smoley, Ph.D, City of Minneapolis Planner and Historian

Preserving Red Wing's Barn Bluff and the G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln: From CLR, HSR, and Master Plan to Implementation
Nate & Ally's, 109 E. 3rd St.
Barn Bluff is a powerful and iconic landscape. To the Dakota people, "He Mni Can" (Hill, Water, Wood) is one of the most sacred places in the world. To western culture, Barn Bluff holds generations of memories and is key to the identity of Red Wing. While its form has been challenged by curiosity and exploits, its essence and its inspiration remains intact. Acquired in 1910 to preserve it from destruction by the limestone industry, and for use as a City park, Barn Bluff represents one of Red Wing's earliest preservation success stories. But there is more to do. This session will explore Red Wing's recent efforts to understand, preserve, and enhance the natural landmark - from planning stages to implementation.
Steve Kohn, City of Red Wing Planning Manager
Angela Wolf Scott, AIA, LEED AP, MacDonald & Mack Architects
Michelle Terrell, Ph.D., Two Pines Resource Group

Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
Outpost, 119 E. 3rd St
The Secretary's Standards serve as the basis for most local preservation ordinances, and provide a benchmark for property owners seeking federal and state rehabilitation tax credits. But how much interpretation is allowed in applying the Standards? In order to answer this question, the session will feature two small-scale commercial buildings that were successfully rehabbed using the tax credits.
Christopher J. Wand, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Primus Companies, Cedar Rapids, IA
Natascha Wiener, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office


5:00-8:00 p.m. Shopping and Entertainment: Special activities and exclusive offers in downtown for conference attendees, planned by the Winona Main Street Program, the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Winona.

Friday, September 14

7:45-9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St.

9:00-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Education, Outreach and Incentives: Changing Attitudes in Litchfield's Commercial Historic District
Winona County History Center
In 2013, the Litchfield Independent Review wrote a commentary with the headline, "Despite its Flaws, Commission is a Benefit." The newspaper suggested that the Heritage Preservation Commission makes for an easy target but admitted that it deserved "a chance to demonstrate how preserving downtown's history will provide economic benefits in the long run." This session will explore how the HPC responded to this challenge by a) seeking public input regarding public and private partnerships; b) completing a self-assessment; c) establishing a façade improvement program for commercial properties; and d) creating a four-part Property Owners' Pint Series.
Keith Johnson, Litchfield Mayor
Betty Allen, Litchfield City Council
Darlene Kotelnicki, Litchfield HPC Chair
Kevin Hovey, Litchfield HPC

Bigger Than a Breadbox: Preservation Principles for Successful Site Stewardship
Home & Community Options, 66 E. 3rd St.
Large-scale maintenance needs, new surprises with every construction project, and other property challenges can overwhelm the most seasoned owners of historic properties. Learn three general principles that form a strong foundation for successful historic site stewardship, position you for financial incentives, and provide proven approaches for preserving historic properties. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to 1) investigate the significance, history, historic character, and condition of their historic property; 2) compare the usefulness of historic preservation planning tools; and 3) understand the resources available for proper care of historic properties.
Barbara A.M. Howard, Stonebridge Learning

Environmental Archaeology and Historic Preservation: A Case Study from Historic Fort Snelling
Nate & Ally's, 109 E. 3rd St.
Environmental archaeology brings the past to life, with studies that can reveal the long-ago sights of blooming flowers, the sounds of birds, and even smells of things you would rather not imagine. This session provides an introduction to analytical techniques that offer significant insights to historical designations, exhibits and interpretive programs. This potential is illustrated with an example from Fort Snelling, where animal bones from the Officers' Latrine provide detailed information about the native ecology of the Twin Cities metropolitan area before it was forever changed by urbanization. Layers of bones dating from 1824 to 1865 reveal information about lost habitats and extinct species, as well as food, pets, pestilence, and an alarming incidence of violence at the frontier fort. 
David Mather, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office

10:15-10:45 a.m. Break
Winona County History Center

10:45-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Historic Bridge Rehab: Learning from Winona, Stillwater and St. Peter Projects
Winona County History Center
Historic bridge rehabilitation and preservation projects are often long, complex, and costly, involving multiple agencies, conflicting codes and standards, and competing goals and objectives, with major community impact. This session compares current historic bridge rehab projects in Winona, Stillwater, and St. Peter. The National Register significance and character-defining features are presented for each bridge, followed by a review of the rehab process, including: engineering and structural needs, public involvement, plan development, Section 106 review, final plans, and construction. Panelists representing SHPO, MnDOT Cultural Resources Unit (CRU), historical consultants, and engineers examine these projects from multiple perspectives, reviewing issues involving the Section 106 process, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, local public involvement through Heritage Preservation Commissions, ADA requirements, and engineering standards and methods. Panelists discuss lessons learned and suggested strategies for other planned and future historic bridge rehabilitation projects.
Sarah Beimers, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
Bob Frame, Mead & Hunt
Denis Gardner, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
Renee Hutter Barnes, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Stump the Staff: Perplexing Issues for Preservationists
Home & Community Options, 66 E. 3rd St.
This is your chance to ask questions of a panel of experienced staff members to get help with your specific issues. Your questions will guide the discussion.
Dan Becker, Heritage Arts, Raleigh, NC
Michael Koop, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
Amy Spong, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office

Preservation From a Developer's Perspective
Nate & Ally's, 109 E. 3rd St.
This session will describe the challenges and opportunities that face a private development firm that chooses to work with historic preservation projects. Topics will include how to select the right building; financing options, grants and tax credits; developing relationships with tradespeople; assembling a team of architects, engineers and consultants; and how to engage the community and work with government entities and local preservationists.
Tanner Ott, Alley A Realty, Ely, MN
Charlene Roise, Hess, Roise & Co.

12:00-1:00 p.m. Bag Lunch
Winona County History Center

1:00-4:30 p.m. Concurrent Tours

Buses will depart from and return to the Winona County History Center

Tour 1: Working Class Architecture of Winona’s East End

Winona’s East End is a history of working class and Eastern European immigrants creating a community of overwhelmingly vernacular buildings. A significant exception that we will visit is the Basilica of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, a Baroque masterpiece designed by Winona’s premier architect, Charles Maybury. While en route to St. Stans, the tour will pass by Bloedow’s Bakery (voted Minnesota’s “Best Donut Shop”), numerous brick vernacular houses, a former fire station converted into a residence, the Winona Athletic Club (nicknamed the “Polish Embassy”), the Washington-Kosciusko School, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church & Rectory, the J.R. Watkins Medical Company, and the Polish Stock Exchange. The tour will conclude at the Polish Cultural Institute, which originally served as the offices for the Laird-Norton Lumber Company, one of Winona’s first and largest industrial concerns. 

Tour 2: Public, Private, Civic and Religious Buildings and Landscapes near Windom Park

A walking tour centered on Winona’s development of institutional buildings and its prominent residential landmarks, we will move from Downtown Winona toward the Windom Park Local Historic District. Starting at the Masonic Temple and Theater, the tour will highlight the continued restoration work being undertaken by the City of Winona on the building’s theater and its return to use as a performing arts space. The tour will continue east to the Laird Norton building, the former headquarters of the Laird Norton Company and future home of the Laird Norton Center for Art and Design of Winona State University. Crossing the street, the tour will learn about the Winona Public Library, which has continuously operated in the 1899 Neoclassical building since its construction. The tour will also learn about the Winona Junior High School Auditorium-Gymnasium, a former performing arts gem designed by William B. Ittner. A short walk up to Broadway will bring the tour to First Congregational Church, the congregation to many rich, prominent early Minnesota families. The tour will conclude with a jaunt over to the Windom Park Local Historic District and a tour of the Windom/Hodgins house, an excellent residential restoration and former home of the Bishop of the Diocese of Winona and William Windom and Abner Hodgins.

Tour 3: River to Railroad

A look at the growth and expansion of an early Minnesota river town, the tour will begin with a visit to Woodlawn Cemetery, nestled in the foothills of the prominent bluffs overlooking Winona. The tour will return back to the island on which Winona is located and we will visit the Winona State University campus to see Somsen Hall and Phelps Hall, two prominent buildings from WSU’s history as a normal school. A visit to WSU’s new Education Village, a rehabilitation of the Cathedral School’s former buildings, will bring the tour into Winona’s iconic, walkable neighborhoods. The tour will continue down 7th Street where we will drive by the Paul Watkins house, an ornate manor house built for the founder of Watkins Medical Company. Across the street is Winona’s Central Grade School, a prominent school building recently added to the National Register. The tour will continue downtown where we will walk by the Fastenal Museum, the recently restored Latsch Building, and move through Levee Park before ending at Island City Brewery, located in the historic Winona and St. Peter freight house. 

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