2016 Annual Meeting and Symposium

  • Friday, February 05, 2016
  • 8:30 AM (EST)
  • Saturday, February 06, 2016
  • 1:00 PM (EST)
  • Rosecliff Ballroom - 596 BELLEVUE AVE, NEWPORT, RI 02840
  • 117


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Includes 30" x 60" display table and 2 complimentary registrations to the
    Symposium with lunch and reception.

** To be eligible for the Member rate, you must be an active 2016 member and logged in. If the Member option is unavailable, please log in where prompted on the following registration page.

Water and Its Impact on Historic Sites and Structures

Friday February 5, 2016 
Newport, Rhode Island

Rosecliff Ballroom
Reception: Marble House

Photo credit newportmansions.org

Photo credit: newportmansions.org

 We are excited to announce that Philip Cryan Marshall will be this year's keynote speaker.  Philip Marshall has contributed enormously to the field of historic preservation education, advocacy, and conservancy. He has held advisory positions with several professional organizations, restored numerous notable properties, and currently teaches at Roger Williams University. He is also the University's Historic Preservation Program Coordinator. More information on Philip can be found here.


Schedule of Events:  Friday, February 5th
Photo credit: newportmansions.org

8:30 - 9:30


9:30 - 9:45

President of APTNE, Chris Dabek

9:45 - 10:15

Keynote Speaker
Philip Cryan Marshall

10:15 - 10:35

Managing Water and It's Impact on the Newport Mansions
Olga Bachilova & Curt Genga

10:35 - 11:00

Coffee and Refreshment Break

11:00 - 11:20

Groundwater Recharge Systems to Mitigate Settlement of Historic Buildings and Timber Pile Deterioration in the Boston Area
Giuliana Zelada-Tumialan

11:20 - 11:40

180 Years of Water Infiltration
Susan Hollister & James Lee

11:40 - 12:00

Navigating Unchartered Waters: Flood Proofing a Historic Site 
Andrea Brue

12:00 - 1:30


1:30 - 1:50

Aden’s Ancient Cisterns: Historic Preservation and its Impact on Water Management
Edie Dunn

1:50 - 2:10

Water & Water Vapor Management in the Modernization of the FDR Museum & Library, Hyde Park, NY
Christopher Tavener

2:10 - 2:30

Not So Fast! Avoiding Imprudent Responses to Water Damaged Materials
Michael Devonshire

2:30 - 3:00

Coffee and Refreshment Break

3:00 - 3:20

Improvements to Freeze-Thaw Resistance of Historic Mortars
Mike Edison & Chad Lausberg

3:20 - 3:40

Coney Island’s Gem by the Sea: The Restoration of Child’s Restaurant
Yasmine Elrashidy & Diane Kaese

3:40 - 4:10


4:10 - 4:25

Closing Remarks
Chris Dabek

4:25 - 4:45

Annual Meeting / Chapter Highlights

5:00 - 7:00

Reception, Marble House (photo below)

Registration Details

-Both venues are ADA accessible and have on-site parking. 

-A boxed lunch can be purchased individually or concurrently with your registration. Cost for lunch is $20 exclusive of early bird or later registration time periods. *Note that there are no restaurant or lunch cafe options adjacent to Rosecliff that are within quick walking distance during the allotted lunch break. 

- Member / Non-member rates are for calendar year 2016*.  You will have an opportunity to join or renew your membership during the registration sign-up process. Early bird and discounted registrations are now offered. The sooner you register, the more you save! 

*Note the following price increases for the Symposium and Reception:

          - Discounted registration ends Jan 29, 2016.

- Networking with Industry Suppliers and Organizations at their Tables (sponsor information will be forthcoming)

- A catered reception will be held directly after the Symposium; admission for which can be purchased for $20 with your ticket. "Reception only" tickets are also available for purchase for guests or exclusive of the Symposium. 

- Saturday tours can be purchased for $25 each, exclusive of early bird or later registration time periods.  *Note that Tours 2 and 3 are to take place concurrently.


APTNE has secured a discounted symposium rate of $89.00 per night with the Hotel Viking (located at 1 Bellevue Avenue). Book early as this discount is available only for a limited quantity of rooms until January 25.

Hotel Viking Reservations: Call 800-556-7126 or click here* to reserve your room with the symposium rate. 

*(Please note this link will become disabled when the  discounted room allotment has been met.)


Attention Students!

New for 2016: The first 25 students to register will receive a free registration to the symposium, lunch, and complimentary admission to the reception. These valued spaces fill up quickly; sign up soon! 

Saturday Tour Options

The following three Saturday tours are available to symposium and non-symposium attendees:

Tour 1: Rough Point      THIS TOUR IS FULL

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location:  680 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Photo credit: newportrestoration.org

As the residence of philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke, Rough Point stands proud as one of Bellevue Avenue's prominent mansions. The Newport Restoration Foundation has steadfastly maintained several properties, including Rough Point. The structure has unfortunately faced many challenges related to water infiltration and various types of water-related distress. In addition to touring the first floor of the house and exhibition galleries, you will discover what the stewards of the property have undertaken to preserve this beautiful home. The tour will be hosted and led in part by Executive Director Pieter Roos; Director of Preservation Robert Foley; and Systems Supervisor Mark Lennon. Click here for additional information related to Rough Point.


Tour 2: 
International Yacht Restoration School

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Location:  449 Thames Street 
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Photo credit: iyrs.edu

Amongst the mansions and sculpted landscapes that represent the Guilded Age in Newport, the city's relationship to the ocean is tangible as well as the lifestyle and culture of yachting. The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) supports and preserves the culture and heritage of yachting. Attendees will observe unique projects currently in progress at the school and gain access to the Museum of Yachting. The IYRS offers extraordinary views of Newport harbor and the entrance to Narragansett Bay.

Tour 3: Behind the Scenes at Salve Regina University's Cultural and Historic Preservation program 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Location: 100 Ochre Point Avenue 
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Photo credit: salve.edu

Dr. Robert Russell will inform attendees about the unique mission of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Program in Cultural and Historic Preservation. Dr. Russell has been instrumental in developing this interdisciplinary program that engages the multiple disciplines including the fields of archaeology, architectural history, politics, economics, and urban studies. He has pioneered the program to integrate academic studies and craftsman training through offering of a degree in historic preservation and the traditional building arts. The tour will feature student the archaeological lab facilities and student workspaces - all in the repurposed Richard Morris Hunt stable building originally built for the Chateau sur Mer estate. A description and discussion of the new program Salve is commencing with the IYRS School of Trades and Technology (formerly the International Yacht Restoration School) will also be a part of this tour.