Conference Destination 2019

Evansville Hosts Statewide Conference

Join us April 9-12, 2019 in Evansville for the 50th anniversary of Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference, where you’ll see ’60s and ’70s adaptive use projects alongside twenty-first century renovations that demonstrate the powerful economic impact of preservation in historic downtowns.

About EVANSVILLE

Preserving Historic Places changes location every year in order to showcase Indiana’s historic communities.  Our upcoming conference, April 9-12, 2019, celebrates 50 years of preserving historic places from ’60s and ’70s adaptive reuse projects like the Old Post Office and Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse to twenty-first century renovations including the Owen Block and McCurdy Hotel apartments and the 1939 Greyhound Station in its new incarnation as a restaurant.

You’ll see Evansville history from the Native American settlement of Angel Mounds through the city’s development as an industrial river port and railroad hub up to today’s diverse economy focused on creating a thriving and vibrant downtown.

Come for lectures, tours, and educational and field sessions that invite reflection on Indiana’s preservation past and a look ahead to how innovation and cutting-edge technology will shape the next 50 years. There are just too many great places to visit, so consider coming early or staying late to see more.

Conference Location & Parking

Conference Location & Parking

Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 Northwest 4th Street, serves as our conference headquarters and the site of many of our educational and plenary sessions. Louisville architect Henry Wolters designed the magnificent Beaux Arts building constructed 1888-1890. When government offices moved into the Civic Center in 1969, the county thought demolishing the building would modernize downtown. Thankfully a grassroots organization formed to manage the building for office, retail, and rental space. In 2000 the county took over management, but the Old Courthouse Foundation continues to assist with preservation and restoration.

At the Old Courthouse you’ll find conference registration and continental breakfast.

Conference Agenda

We’re planning an educational and entertaining mix of tours, education talks led by experts, field sessions, and plenary talks that will inspire and challenge. Full agenda available soon.

Lodging

See Hotel Accommodations.

Things To Do

The conference schedule does not allow us to visit all the amazing historic places Evansville offers.  Check out a list of historical sites and museums in or near the city at Visit Evansville.

After Hours

Haynie’s Corner Arts District
Visit locally-owned bars and restaurants in a vibrant district where four historic neighborhoods meet at a shift in the city’s street grid.  Find live music at Bokeh Lounge, local beer at the Evansville Brewhouse, creative cocktails at Mo’s House, or light one up at Fidel’s Bourbon Bar and Cigar Lounge.

The Peephole Bar & Grill, 201 Main Street
Where locals go for beer and bologna sandwiches.

BruBurger Bar & Grill, 222 Sycamore Street
Choose from a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails, bourbon, whiskey, and scotch in the old Greyhound bus station.  And great burgers if the conference doesn’t feed you enough.

Partners

Three primary partners—Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Landmarks, and Indiana University—stage the annual Preserving Historic Places conference. Special thanks to the City of Evansville for their financial assistance. We’re grateful for the essential support the conference receives from generous sponsors.

Sponsors

Supporters

Acropolis Restaurant & Catering
Adam J. Green, Architect
Ball State University Foundation
Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Historic Preservation & Heritage Consulting, LLC
Indiana Archaeology Council
North Park Corporation
Old Post Office Events Center
RATIO Architects
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE)

Friends

Evansville African American Museum
Old Courthouse Foundation of Vanderburgh County
Old Post Office Event Center
Reitz Home Museum
VenuWorks of Evansville

Questions

If you have questions about registration, contact the conference registrar, Jessica Kramer, at 800-450-4534 or preservinghistoricplaces@indianalandmarks.org.

If you have questions about sessions or tracks or conference events, contact Suzanne Stanis at Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534, sstanis@indianalandmarks.org.