Full Day Field Sessions

FS01    The Hudson River Valley: Heritage and Preservation Across our Centuries   
Saturday, October 12, 6:13–5:00

clientuploads/2013_conference_art/FS01bannermans.jpgDeclared “the landscape that defined America” by the National Park Service, the Hudson River Valley played critical roles in North America’s military history, commerce and transportation, industrialization, and the development/creation of uniquely American art and architecture in the 19th Century. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, encompassing 10 counties and 75 municipalities, contains an astonishing wealth and diversity of cultural heritage.

The field session will visit a few select heritage sites spanning from the Dutch era to the 20th Century that exemplify/capture the inseparable relationship in the Valley between landscape and architecture, and also demonstrate how a tradition of cultural (and natural) resource preservation reaching back into the 19th Century continues to underlie the vitality of the Valley today.

Architects, engineers and other professionals associated with each site will present the concepts and technology of recent and ongoing preservation projects. Pending confirmation, sites for the field session may include Historic Huguenot Street, Bannerman’s Island, and the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify significant periods & concepts of cultural and architectural history in the Hudson Valley from the 17th Century to 20th Century and their influence /place/role in/relationship to American history 
  2. Explore the underlying determinant of the Hudson River Valley's geography and topography in defining/forming the built heritage (of the Valley) and its continuing value as a force for landscape and architectural preservation in the 20th and 21st centuries 
  3. Compare/contrast approaches to preservation principles and technologies across time, as applied in practice to structures of differing types and purposes within a shared cultural context.

Fees: $185
Includes: Meals (Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management is providing lunch), handouts, materials, transportation
Capacity: 30
Transportation: Bus and Boat
Dress Code: Casual with good walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Bannerman’s Island is not wheelchair accessible.  Ask APT for details.
Continuing Education: 6.5


  • Janet Null


  • Neil Larson, Larson Fisher Assocs.
  • Jack Healy, Ryan Biggs Assocs
  • Kurt Hirschberg, Jan Hird Pokorny

FS02 Idiosyncratic Modernism and the Reshaping of Long Island’s Great Estates   
Saturday, October 12, 8:00 - 4:30
Nearly Full as of August 25!

clientuploads/2013_conference_art/Orchard House 09_08-25 101 cropped.jpgThe post-war break up of Long Island’s great estates provided architects with the opportunity to introduce radical Modern Architecture to engage the formal landscape of a past age and sometimes incorporate pre-existing structures into new building systems. Largely concentrating on domestic architecture, this field session led by Caroline Rob Zaleski , author of Long Island Modernism 1930-1980, will explore the diversity of Modern design in an ex-urban setting through the works of Richard Meier, Josep Lluis Sert, Marcel Breuer, and others. It will also address conservation issues that arise when old and new building systems meet in a climate of extremes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The History of Modernism on Long Island and its relationship to post-war estate subdivision
  2. Modern adaptation and re-use of pre-existing structures
  3. Conservation issues of post-war building systems in humid environments and in relation to pre-existing elements

Fees: $240
Includes: Meals, handouts, materials, transportation, signed copy of Long Island Modernism, 1930-1980
Capacity: 25
Transportation: Walk and Bus
Dress Code: Casual with good walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Ask APT for details.
Continuing Education: 6.5


  • Alexandra Wolfe, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities


  • Caroline Rob Zaleski, author of Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 (2013)
  • Theodore Prudon, professor at Columbia University
  • Paul Bentel, Bentel & Bentel Architects

FS03 Exploring the Inaccessible:  Touring the Park Avenue Armory and TWA Terminal   
Saturday , October 12, 7:30 - 4:15
Full! Wait List Available

clientuploads/2013_conference_art/FS03 TWA Terminal.jpgThis Field Session offers a unique opportunity to compare and contrast two challenging, ambitious, and important projects at two nationally significant historic resources.  While one was built in 1961 and the other ca. 1875, they both represent the best of both eras in their own ways.  As such, they are important “documents” of technology, design, functionality, materials, and aesthetics.  Most importantly they also represent current approaches in “peeling back” layers of changes: one taking a straightforward treatment of carefully “turning back the clock” and the other choosing a more complex approach of letting the history of the spaces continue to read even as original layers are exposed. 

While the projects are markedly different in many ways, they are also similar in the fact that both buildings had long lives of use and change, and required abatement of hazardous materials, careful choices for restoration and conservation of historic materials, and thoughtful insertion of new materials.  Offered together, they provide an opportunity to compare and contrast a diverse range of treatment options and techniques; understand the intricacies of public and private preservation/redevelopment efforts; and showcase excellent examples of creating sustainable uses for large, obsolete historic buildings with major public spaces that no longer serve their original purpose. Experience a view into how the treatment of 2 buildings separated by almost 100 years share common preservation challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the individual histories of each structure and the evolution of these projects.
  2. List ways to address the challenges of both a change of use or obsolescence in determining appropriate treatment approaches.
  3. Explore the decision-making processes that determine conservation/preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation as it applies to historic spaces, materials and featurs.

Fees: $185
Includes: Meals, handouts, materials, transportation
Capacity: 22
Transportation: Walk and Bus
Dress Code: Casual with good walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Ask APT for details.
Continuing Education: 6.5


  • Cordell Reaves, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


  • Beth Cumming, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Eric Kuchar, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Kirsten Reoch, Park Avenue Armory
  • Scott Duenow, Park Avenue Armory
  • Jim Steven, Port Authority of NY and NJ
  • Richard W. Southwick, Beyer Blinder Belle
  • Chris Flagg, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Charlie Kramer, AIA, LEED AP, Beyer Blinder Belle

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Related paper session: Two Great Urban Performing Arts Venues: 21st Century Reinforcement of 19th Century Wide-Span Trusses on Tuesday, October 15.

FS04 Saving Urban Churches in Distress: Survival and Adaptation in Newark, New Jersey   
Saturday, October 12, 8:30a - 5:30p   

clientuploads/2013_conference_art/FS04 Priory Jazz Restaurant Newark.jpgYou will gain insights into the architectural significance of four religious properties and the changing socio-economics and viability of sustaining and maintaining these large important sacred sites today.  The Priory St Josephs Plaza converted into offices and a jazz restaurant used by New Community Corporation of Newark after the Newark riots in the 60’s now plays a important role in the revitalization and urban renewal in Newark. Enjoy lunch provided by the Culinary School administered by NCC. We will visit rarely seen sacred places including Peddie Memorial Baptist Church ca 1890 designed by William Halsey Wood, Hopewell Baptist Church previously B’nai Jeshurun designed by engineer Rafael Guastavino and Clinton Memorial AME Zion church, a polychromatic 1874 church designed by William Appleton Potter. Discussions will focus on the challenges for inner city religious properties today and the opportunities for adaptive use. We will be joined by author and historian Frank Greenagel and Tuomi Forrest from Partners for Sacred Places. This is about the struggles to find creative ways to adapt religious buildings and learn how they can still provide outreach through adaptive use to provide much needed services to the community from doctor’s offices to food programs and housing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the changing socio economic challenges of inner city sacred places
  2. Alternative uses for inner city sacred places
  3. Discovering important architectural religious properties not readily accessible

Fees: $185
Includes: Meals, handouts, materials, transportation
Capacity: 20
Transportation: Walk, Subway, Train and Bus
Dress Code: Casual with good walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Ask APT for details.
Continuing Education: 6.5


  • Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner


  • Patrick Baldoni, Femenella Associates
  • Tuomi Forrest, Partners for Sacred Places
  • Frank Greenagel, Historian


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