Preservation Matters III

The Economics of Authenticity


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The Economics of Authenticity

Tulane University School of Architecture’s Preservation Matters III symposium series
In partnership with Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, celebrating its 40th anniversary
The Economics of Authenticity
How US Cities Have Reversed Decline through Historic Preservation Programs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Evening keynote lecture and reception

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Day-long Symposium to be held at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Provocative national and international experts address the indispensable role of historic preservation in urban economic development: 

Charles Birnbaum, Founder and President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation
Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston
Donovan Rypkema, Founder of PlaceEconomics and world-renowned economist  
David Throsby, Australian economist and professor at Macquarie University
Anthony Tung, Noted author and urbanist
Arthur Ziegler, Founder and President of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Urban populations declined drastically since 1945 in many if not most cities in the United States, especially in town centers and older neighborhoods. Owing to national preservation programs such as the National Register, rehabilitation tax credits, Main Street, Section 106 review process and others, as well as state and local efforts, there has been a dramatic reversal of this decline in many cities. However, very few cities have come close to regaining their peak populations; the work remains challenging. This symposium aims to convey a greater understanding of urban preservation programs: their successes, obstacles and the future. Highlights will include cases where preservation, though often under-funded, has been a catalyst for revitalization. New Orleans had lost about a quarter of its population since 1960 when Katrina hit; the city presents its own case study in preservation efforts pre and post-storm, and is a splendid laboratory for examining the economic, social and cultural benefits of historic preservation programs.

Symposium Agenda

First Day
The Historic New Orleans Collection

5:30 p.m. Keynote Speech by Charles Birnbaum at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St.

Reception to follow at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Merieult House, 533 Royal St.

Second Day
The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St.

8:30–9:00 a.m. – Registration and coffee

9:00-9:10 – Welcome by Kenneth Schwartz, Dean of Tulane School of Architecture and Patricia H. Gay, Executive Director of Preservation Resource Center

9:10-10:00 – Boston’s Revival and the Impact of Preservation Programs by Mayor Thomas Menino

10:00 – 10:40 – Reversal of Decline in Pittsburgh: Some Solutions by Arthur Ziegler

10:40 – 10:50 – Break

10:50-11:30 – The Universality of Preservation Values Around the World by Anthony Tung

11:30 – 12:00 – New Orleans Preservation Timeline and Where We Are Today by John Stubbs and Jack Davis

12:00 – 12:40 – Q & A and commentary by Roberta Gratz, moderator

12:40 -1:55 – Lunch Break

2:00-2:40 – Assessing the Value of our Cultural Heritage by David Throsby

2:40-3:20 – Economic Impact of Preservation by Donovan Rypkema

3:20-3:30 – Break

3:30-4:50 – Panel, Open Discussion and Synthesis towards a 10-year Agenda led by Maurice Cox and Bill Gilchrist. Panelists will include all speakers

4:50-5:00 – Closing remarks

$25 - student
Registration price include entry to keynote speech Wednesday, April 16, with reception to follow, and entry to all-day event April 17

New Orleans Accommodation Information
Special rates are available for attendees of this symposium at the International House Hotel, a rehabilitated historic structure in bustling downtown New Orleans. Reservations can be made with these special rates by calling the hotel at 800.663.5770 or emailing
International House Hotel
221 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Queen - $99
King - $119
Double Bedded Room - $139
Apple King Room - $159
Garden View Room - $179
Panoramic Corner King Room - $199
Terrace King Room - $219
Suite - $449
Penthouse - $749
Rates do not include tax

Register HERE

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