Mar. 2-3

Restore Omaha Conference

The Barnard Flats, 804 Park Ave

Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q St.

Mar. 2, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., $20

Mar. 3, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $40

Entire Conference, including Friday reception, $55

This year’s Restore Omaha Conference & Exhibition offers a variety of events and happenings that kicks off on Friday evening at Barnard Flats. Barnard Flats is part of Urban Village Development’s growing community of locally owned and managed neighborhood apartment dwellings. The conference will open with a tour of the newly rehabilitated apartment buildings, giving conference goers a useful example of the kind of restoration Omaha is capable of.

The conference officially begins on Saturday morning, with registration opening at 8 a.m. Throughout the day conference goers will be exposed to a wide variety of educational sessions ranging a variety of restoration related topics. During the opening session, Gina Basile and Arnie Breslow will discuss their work restoring the Joel N. Cornish residence at the corner of 10th and William St. Later, Tom Taylor will discuss electrical codes and requirements for historic homes. There will also be a presentation on the styles, materials and mechanics of old building hardware, presented by Roger Koch. Jim Dolby will discuss the maintenance, care, and repare of bricks. Jim Lindberg will offer an opportunity to learn how a new approach to zoning offers a powerful new tool to help accomplish restoration goals. Alesha Hauser will offer a crash course in the difference between a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Julie A. Reilly will take a look at restoration from a scientific perspective with her talk on the chemistry and physics of deteriorating building materials. This is just a small sampling of the sessions available during Restore Omaha, see a full schedule at

The main event of this year’s conference, Keynote Speaker Patricia H. Gay, takes place at 11:45 a.m. Her talk, “Life in the Big Easy: Lessons Learned for Any City” draws on her experience as the executive director of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. Gay has been passionately working since 1974 to convince developers, politicians and the general public that urban revitalization and preservation of historic architecture and neighborhoods is crucial to the health and welfare of the Big Easy. A lot has changed since then, and during her keynote Gay will discuss the Preservation Resource Center’s work to rebuild the rich heritage of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods post-Katrina.

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