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. 


PreserveCast Ep. 38: Building Information Modeling at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

September 25, 2017

Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows architects to measure elements of a building down to the centimeter, and Tom Reinhart is here to explain how George Washington's Mount Vernon is expanding on that technology even further to get the most benefit for historic preservationsits. What do you get when you cross information from George Washington's own handwritten letters and the latest tech in data systems and digital modeling? Find out on this week's PreserveCast!


PreserveCast Ep. 37: Save Historic Antietam Foundation: How to Preserve a Battlefield

September 18, 2017

It's hard to talk about the history of the Civil War without touching on the Maryland Campaign, which came to an end with the Battle of Antietam. This battle was not only the single bloodiest day of the War, but also preicpated Abraham Lincoln's issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And as important as the battle was, it would be extremely challenging to pass the history of that day on to future generations without the preserved Antietam Battlefield in its proper context, which is the way it is today thanks to Dr. Tom Clemens and the other members of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Learn more on this week's PreserveCast.

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


PreserveCast Ep. 36: Community Forklift and the Ethics of Reuse

September 11, 2017

Community Forklift is part of a vital, growing industry, that of reuse and architectural salvage. Ruthie Mundell, the current Director of Outreach and Education and one of Community Forklift's first employees is here to share with us her own origin story, as well as share about the amazing work that the group is doing today. Stick around to learn how green thinking and the preservation of historic building materials can save the environment, and save you money on your next home improvement project. This is PreserveCast.


PreserveCast Ep. 35: The Archives of M.A.R.M.I.A.: Audio and Visual Media Preservation

September 5, 2017

Historic Preservation is about maintaining a record of human history and those who have come before us, and that doesn't just mean buildings. Film, tape, and other analog media mediums are not going to last forever, and there are only a few people out there who understand the potential threat of losing countless hours of recorded information, and have the technical skill, the energy, and the passion to do something about it. Fortunately for us, Siobahn Hagan is one of those people, and she joined Nick to talk about the work she does with her non-profit, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Images Archive, including digitizing the WJZ local news archive. You can learn more here: ( Fire up the projector and turn down the lights, this is PreserveCast.


PreserveCast Ep. 34: Saving Froelicher Hall: Goucher College’s Historic Building Move

August 28, 2017

Moving a historic home is already a challenge, but moving a historic college dorm? Stick around while Nick talks to Terence McCann, Jr., the Director of Facilities Management Services at Goucher College, where they are in the process of moving three out of four of the original buildings that make up Froelicher Hall. This move is historic in more ways than one, as it is also one of the biggest and fastest building move projects ever attempted. After the episode, you can check out live updates on the move here: ( This is PreserveCast.


PreserveCast Ep. 33: Revolving Funds, Easements, and D.C. Preservation with the L’Enfant Trust

August 21, 2017

Historic Preservation is not always accomplished through the same methods, and it's certainly not the same everywhere you go. That's why Nick sat down with Lauren Oswalt McHale, President of the L'Enfant Trust in Washington, D.C., to compare notes on some of the trust's biggest programs. This includes their massive conservation easement program, as well as the trust's work using a revolving fund to redevelop historic properties in the Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast D.C., an area whose history has too often been ignored. This is PreserveCast.