National Park Service official to discuss contemporary challenges in historic preservation at Flagler College

January 25, 2017

Brian Goeken, chief of Technical Preservation Services with the National Park Service, will address contemporary challenges in historic preservation, as part of Flagler College’s Ideas & Images series on Thursday, Feb. 9. The lecture will be held in Lewis Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The NPS Technical Services Division develops historic preservation policy, administers a federal tax incentive program for historic preservation and sets standards for the treatment of historic properties. In Goeken’s Feb. 9 talk, he will specifically explore adaptation in response to natural hazards and preserving buildings’ historic character.

“Adapting an historic building to improve its resilience to natural hazards, such as elevating it due to flooding risk, can impact its historic character, features and appearance,” he said. “Finding ways to undertake such necessary repair and rehabilitation work in ways that preserve an historic property's character will be important to the continued preservation of these buildings.”       

Goeken has more than 25 years of experience in historic preservation, urban planning, architecture, economic development and urban design and has led historic preservation programs in the cities of New York, Chicago and Pasadena before assuming a leadership role in Washington, D.C. One of his most memorable projects was ensuring Historic Landmark protection for Chicago’s Wrigley Field. For the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, Goeken administers the largest federal program specifically supporting historic preservation. The program generates over $4 billion a year in private investment in historic rehabilitation; since its inception in 1976, the program has leveraged more than $78 billion in the rehabilitation of income-producing properties involving over 41,000 completed projects.

This year’s Ideas & Images series is titled “Next 50 Years: Dialogue for a Global Future – Science, Heritage, Business, Technology, Education.” The final presentation for the academic year includes:

•           Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Dr. Paul Sutter, 2016 Carson Fellow with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Professor of History, University of Colorado – Boulder, “Automobiles, National Parks, and the Origins of Modern Wilderness Advocacy”

For a full listing of all 2016-2017 Ideas & Image events, please visit http://www.flagler.edu/ideas. All talks are free and open to the public.

Partners for this series are the National Park Service and its Find Your Park Centennial initiative, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network.  The series is made possible with assistance from a variety of sponsors including: the Joy McCann Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini and Flagler College Bookstore.

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