Track 7: REGENERATION – COMMUNITY, ECONOMICS, and EQUITABLE PLACES / Volet 7: Régénération – Collectivité, économie et lieux équitables

Two Farmsteads and a Trail: Interpretation and Intervention

Friday, October 13
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Will County manages a Forest Preserve District which includes two homesteads. The two distinct farmsteads tell the story of Midwest agriculture, contained within a walking trail and recreational area. The Thomas Clow Farmstead depicts the 1800’s settlement of the area, starting with a settlement house, then a barn, and then finally the actually limestone homestead which acted as a traveler's inn for part of its life. The Kropp-Schulenberg Homestead and Prairie depicts the agricultural movement towards reclamation of the prairie landscape, and the relationship of the house to the land. The charge for the project was to create a master plan to interpret these stories, identify the physical interventions required to preserve these structures, develop a strategy that was code compliant to change use from a residential farmstead to a publicly accessible house museum, prioritize the needs for using and conserving the properties, and implement the initial three phases. Working with a large stakeholder group and exhibit designer, the overall plan for the site was developed. The design of the physical repairs to the deteriorated historic fabric was developed to support the interpretation of the buildings. Accessibility for the public was balanced with the historic appearance. The natural fauna working against it (bees, bats, woodchucks and snakes) required their humane relocation to assist in the overall maintenance of the structures. This presentation will discuss specific aspects of the phased projects, including approaches to authorities having jurisdiction for fire, life safety and accessible path of travel, balancing the structural requirements for lateral force resistance versus historic appearance, approaches to balancing budget with preservation needs, and balancing the period of significance with the ability to tell the complete story of the site.

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Susan Turner, FAIA

Senior Architect
Bailey Edward Design, Inc.

Susan Turner is a licensed architect and a Fellow of the AIA, recognized for her historic preservation work. Over the span of her 30 year career, she has worked on historic preservation projects in Canada, United States, and England. She has published and lectured internationally on historic preservation, promoting historic buildings as a renewable resource for our age. She is passionate about old buildings, traveling to eighty-one countries to learn about historic architecture and what other practitioners are doing.


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Hanna Bell

Hannah holds an MBA in Innovative Management from UPEI, and has 30 years of varied experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the UK, Brussels, and Canada. She is currently the Executive Director of the PEI Business Women's Association, owner of consultancy firm ‘The Solution Agency’; a partner in training firm ‘Business Learning Solutions’, and co-owner of ‘The SPOT Charlottetown’, a creative co-workspace and business incubator. Her work focuses on building capacity and influencing change through the power of story telling, practical training and skills development, strategic planning and partnerships, and sustainable project design.

Hannah is a community leader locally and nationally, including representing the province as governor with The National Trust for Canada and as champion for Startup Charlottetown, part of the Startup Canada entrepreneurs network.

Publications include:
“Development and Implementation of a Municipal Strategic Performance Management Framework Utilizing the Balanced Scorecard Methodology” October 2011, UPEI Scholar Press
“Validated entrepreneurial self-assessment instrument: A tool for self-evaluation of business-related knowledge, skills, and personal attributes" The Solution Agency, Charlottetown, PE, 2015
"Helping Women Get on TRACK:Building Resiliency Through a Business Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island", Chapter in "From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience" September 2017, Island Studies Press


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