The National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its annual conference in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul., from October 2-6. The event is expected to attract 2,000 preservationists from throughout the United States.
Several field sessions are sheduled, including these presentations:
- Modernism in Minneapolis: Modernist monuments in downtown Minneapolis tell the story of the city’s struggle to reinvent itself from the 1950s to the 1970s.
- Behemoths: From a massive Hamm’s Brewery to a 2 million square-foot Sears store, Minneapolis has several examples of former “behemoths” that have been successfully adapted into new uses.
- Sustainable Energy and Adaptive Reuse: Several conference sessions will explore exciting trends in green building and sustainable design in adaptive reuse projects.
- Heritage Preservation in a First-Ring Suburb: Tour will focus on the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Topics will include the preservation value of shopping malls and how to interpret suburban historic sites.
- Farmsteads on the Fringe: Tour will explore the effect of urban expansion on Minnesota’s rural heritage.