PreserveCast Ep. 43: PlaceEconomics and the Threat to the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program

October 30, 2017

Understanding why preserving historic places makes good economic sense can sometimes seem complex and hard to explain. But fortunately our guest today is Donovan Rypkema, the Principal of PlaceEconomics and the President of Heritage Strategies Internationa, and a man who has made a career out of explaining the interplay of economics, real estate, and preservation. Donovan is one of the world thought leaders on preservation economics, and he and Nick talked about the research that Donovan and others have done into the economic benefits of preservation, both short and long term, as well as the uncertain future of the Federal Historic Tax Credit program. This is PreserveCast.

Here is a link to the most recent blog post from Preservation Maryland on the Federal Historic Tax Credit. Here you can find a video from Nick explaining the threat to the program, as well as a link to contact your representative in congress and links that go in to more detail on what the program does: (

Also, here is a link to PlaceEcnomics' "38 Reasons to Keep the Federal Historic Tax Credit": (


PreserveCast Ep. 42: Montgomery Modern: What’s the Future for Mid-Century Modern Architecture?

October 23, 2017

When does history end? For some, like today’s guest Clare Lise Kelly, it might be closer to the present than you think. Clare is an architectural historian here in Maryland whose focus is the preservation of mid-century modern architecture from the 1950s and 60s. She literally wrote the book Montgomery Modern, focused on the architecture of Montgomery County, northwest of Washington D.C. From the future of office parks to Frank Lloyd Wright, there’s a lot to cover before we have to say so long. This is PreserveCast.

Here's a link to learn more about Clare's work with Montgomery County, MD, plus information on how to buy her book: (

And in case you missed it, you may want to check out our previous episode with Atul Sharma of the Montgomery Planning Department on Self Driving Cars.

CORRECTION: At around the 24:00 minute mark, Clare mentions an example of a building with a successfully fully restored facade. She said the Seagram Building, but was actually intending to reference the Lever House.


PreserveCast Ep. 41: Paint Chip Analysis with Dr. Susan Buck

October 16, 2017

From buildings to furniture to fine art, there are few historic objects or items that Dr. Susan Buck would be unable to analyze through the microscopic examination of paint samples. Join us for a conversation about Susan’s work on projects from Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, and on items from 19th century Shaker furniture to Egyptian coffins from the 5th century B.C. What can we learn from a paint chip the size of a pin head? Find out on this week’s PreserveCast.

You can follow Susan's instagram by going here: ( and if you're going to be around Richmond in the rest of October, you can learn more about her exhibition here: (

And while we're at it, here's a link to learn more about Architectural Paint Research, or APR: (


PreserveCast Ep. 40: Colin Dickey’s Ghostland and the PreserveCast Spooktacular

October 9, 2017

As preservationists, we here at PreserveCast are usually concerned with the physical history; what we can know from the cold hard facts. But seeing as how it’s October and Halloween is around the corner, we thought we’d talk a little about haunted history. Author Colin Dickey joined me to talk about the history of ghost stories and share what we can learn from the places that scare us. The conversation ranges all the way from Silicon Valley to Richmond Virginia on this, the first ever PreserveCast Spooktacular!

For more information on Colin's book (which has just been released on paperback) check out:


PreserveCast Ep. 39: Joe McGill and the Slave Dwelling Project

October 2, 2017

Few historic moments continue to reverberate through our nation quite like the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. But despite the way the history lives on, there are some parts that will always be challenging for us to face as a nation. Joe McGill, the founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, joined me to discuss the work he does to shed light on some of the most painful, yet powerful, places in America. Join us for a discussion on the value of remember all aspects of our past, from slave dwellings to Confederate monuments, on this week’s PreserveCast.

Check out Joe's work with the Slave Dwelling project here: ( He's staying overnight in Maryland October 13th-15th and you can still join him!

This episode is part of our focus series on the history of the Antietam Battlefield.