Track 3: For Power or For Passage: Re-envisioning Historic Industrial and Transportation Infrastructure

CS3.4 Evaluating and Preserving Railroad History

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: HYATT-Regency
CE: 1.5

Railroads are an important part of the heritage of people in many places, and the resources associated with these systems present interesting and myriad preservation challenges. The papers in this session will explore approaches to preserving historic railroad structures in Victoria, British Columbia, Los Angeles, California, USA; and Columbia, South American. Presentations will include a historical overview of the development of different railroad systems, discussion of built resources associated with the railroads, explanation of the systems and materials encountered with these structures and how they were repaired and preserved, and review of solutions found for successful reuse and revitalization.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

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Deborah Slaton

WIss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Deborah Slaton is a Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in Northbrook, Illinois, specializing in historic preservation with a focus on modern structures and materials. She has served as lead author for numerous historic structures reports, preservation studies, conservation plans, and National Register nominations, and has co-authored numerous cultural landscape studies and historical assessments. Ms. Slaton is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology International, a Director of the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, and a member of the Society of Architectural Historians Heritage Conservation Committee. She is author and editor of numerous papers and publications on preservation technology.


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Fraser M. Brown, Conservation Architect

Quadratum Pty Ltd

Fraser Brown studied Architecture at the University of Melbourne and has been working in the Architectural Conservation field since 1987 with experience at English Heritage, Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins Architects in London, Allom Lovell/Lovell Chen in Melbourne and since 2011 as director of Quadratum Architecture & Conservation in Melbourne, Australia. Particular interests include researching traditional materials and technologies, and studying the interaction of materials with each other and environmental conditions. Fraser Brown is also subject coordinator/lecturer of the Principles of Heritage & Conservation subject in the Masters of Urban and Cultural Heritage Program at the University of Melbourne.


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Manogna Kavuru

PhD student
Texas A&M University

I am an Architect from India. I have graduated from Politecnico di Milano, Italy with a Masters in Architectural Engineering. I am currently pursuing a PhD student at Texas A&M University.I have previously worked as an intern for the Studio Adieci (Dervio, Italy) assisting in conservation projects. It was during my study in Italy that I had developed an interest in the Preservation of Built heritage. I intend to research more in the field of Preventive conservation, looking for low cost-high impact methods that would aid conservation decision making and improve the feasibility of a conservation project, particularly in developing nations.


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Evanne S. St. Charles, LEED AP O+M

Associate, Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner
Architectural Resources Group

Evanne is an Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner in ARG’s Los Angeles office with academic and professional training in historic preservation planning. Evanne has worked with ARG since 2013, first as a planning intern and later hired as a full-time staff member. Her experience includes historic structure reports, building rehabilitation studies, local landmark nominations, historic resources surveys, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance documentation, and Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program administration. Evanne is also actively involved with the APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation’s OSCAR Focus Group.


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Claudia Patricia. Hernandez


Architect magister in restoration of architectural monuments - Universidad Javeriana,
Specialist in administration civil works - Bogotá, manager of Charqsas Company
Teacher in programs of architecture, heritage and restoration in Bogotá, Universidad Javeriana, La Salle and Jorge Tadeo from Cartagena.
Advisor for entities and projects to the rescue of the built heritage, national, department of culture.
Developed investigations and critical for the re-qualification of structures and places in abandonment, by means of the formulating the methodologies of approach that will allow the new generations to understand the extinct elements but preserve the original identity of the places.


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