Preservation Walks & Talks

Educational Series focused on Preservation, Planning, and Neighborhood Revitalization

About Preservation Walks & Talks

Led by HSF Executive Director Frank Strassler and a host of knowledgeable guest speakers, these informative discussions feature topics that relate to preserving the community, planning, identifying historic architecture, celebrating property rehabilitation, and experiencing neighborhood revitalization. Preservation Walks are held during the warmer months of the year and will meet at various times and locations. Preservation Talks are generally held on the first Friday of each month at noon in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art 2nd floor lecture hall. Preservation Walks & Talks are casual, free, and open to the public.


16-18 South New 1901

2022 Preservation Walks and Talks begin on May 20

12:00 noon – R.R. Smith Center for History and Art – Meet in the 2nd floor conference room to view a few “before rehab” slides.

We will then move to 16 South New Street – next door to the Center for History and Art

A quick talk and tour about rehabilitation of a downtown commercial building. Our host is Chip Clark, an experienced tax credit developer.  Chip will show us progress on the interior rehab and discuss his approach to historic tax credit projects.
HSF honored this building for its exterior rehabilitation in 2016.   The current project is tackling a complete interior rehabilitation including already completed asbestos mitigation (yes it can be done within budget) and structural upgrades. Selective removal of non-historic materials revealed window openings and older entries.

Constructed between 1894 and 1899, this brick commercial building is two stories tall and four bays wide. Architectural elements include an Italianate corbeled cornice and segmental arch windows. The façade also features smooth pressed brick with pencil thin mortar joints and a side entry with double doors and transom. The later 20th century storefront dates to Farley’s Cleaning and Pressing.