Preservation Alliance of West Virginia to hold conference at Blennerhassett Hotel

PARKERSBURG — The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia will hold its 2018 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference Sept. 20-22 at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.

The conference will be an opportunity for the preservation community to discuss important issues facing historic buildings in today’s economy, Alliance board President Logan Smith said.

“The recent loss of important downtown Parkersburg historic assets will make a dramatic backdrop to underline the importance of sensitive development of our aging historic assets,” Smith said.

The conference will feature workshops on the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and new funding opportunities for sacred places. Continuing education units will be offered to real estate professionals, certified planners and architects.

Tours of the Blennerhassett Mansion and the Julia-Ann Square neighborhood are planned.

The annual West Virginia Historic Preservation Awards banquet will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the hotel.

Keynote speaker will be Ed McMahon, who is the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. McMahon’s presentation will be entitled “Saving Place: the New Formula for Community Revitalization.”

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is a statewide grassroots organization supporting historic preservation. Since 1982, the organization has been working to preserve West Virginia’s precious historical resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

For more information, email or call 304-345-6005.