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 APT DC is a not-for-profit educational association founded in 1980 to serve the needs of  preservationist in the greater Washington DC metro area. APT DC promotes the exchange of ideas and knowledge concerning the conservation of historic resources and the application of preservation technology. We publish several newsletters a year, highlighting upcoming events, reviewing recent tours and lectures, and promoting exchanges with other local groups with similar interests. APT DC is a local chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International. APTI was founded in 1968 to disseminate information on historic building materials and systems and to promote development of preservation technology. APTI is recognized for its technical quarterly publication The Bulletin, and its newsletter, The Communique. 

Attention Members!

As you may be aware, we are in the process of transitioning to a new website and communications platform, to be launched later this summer. As a portion of this redevelopment, our WEBSITE and EMAIL are currently only available through our Google host.

For all information and communications please use the following addresses:


Email: or email Chapter President Kelly Whitton at

Summer Events and Announcements:  


Upcoming Events:


"Third" Thursday Lecture Series 

Thursday, September 22nd, 6-8PM

at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

RSVP to by Tuesday, Sept. 20th to attend.

The Evolving Face of Historic Preservation 

by Barbara Campagna


Historic preservation means different things to different people. And that's okay.   Preservation of modernism, sustainable preservation and historic house museums are all valid types of historic preservation.  Barbara will discuss current and past projects that represent the new look of preservation – including preparing a sustainability management plan for a historic "painted lady" in San Francisco, developing a rehabilitation master plan for the National Historic Landmark H. H. Richardson and Olmsted designed former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, installing solar arrays on the Art Moderne State Department Headquarters and thoughts about preserving modern icons such as Philip Johnson's Glass House and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House.

See our events page for more information


Grant Opportunity

Subject: NEH grant guidelines available for planning and implementing preservation in sustainable ways


Guidelines have been posted for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grants. U.S. nonprofit museums, libraries, archives, and educational institutions can apply for grants to plan and implement preventive conservation projects in ways that are cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally sensitive and that aim to mitigate greatest risks to humanities collections rather than to meet prescriptive targets.


Apply for planning grants of up to $40,000 (with an option of up to $50,000) to bring together interdisciplinary teams that might reevaluate environmental parameters for collections and examine passive (non-mechanical) and low-energy alternatives to conventional energy sources and energy-intensive mechanized systems for managing collection environments.  Testing, modeling, or project-specific research may help applicants better understand collection environments and formulate sustainable preservation strategies; therefore, with planning grants you might measure energy consumption; use blower door tests to identify air leaks in buildings; create mock-ups of lighting options; test natural ventilation methods; conduct thermal imaging of buildings; test the effect of buffered storage enclosures on moderating fluctuating environmental conditions; re-commission small-scale climate control systems; or adjust the operating protocols for climate control systems.


Apply for implementation grants of up to $350,000 to manage interior relative humidity and temperature by passive methods; install heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; install storage systems and rehouse collections; improve security and the protection of collections from fire, flood, and other disasters; and upgrade lighting systems and controls to achieve levels suitable for collections that are energy efficient. Projects that seek to implement preventive conservation measures in sustainable ways are especially encouraged.


Deadline: December 1, 2011



Program officers are willing to read draft proposals. See the guidelines for additional details and please contact the division for more information by emailing or calling 202-606-8570.


2011 APT DC Emerging Professional Sponsorship Program Awards

The EPSP committee judges are pleased to announce the following awards for 2011:




Adam S. Rush, Engineer, Robert Silman Associates, Washington, D.C.


Mr. Rush is a structural engineer with the local office of R. Silman Associates. Over the course of his four years practice he has worked on numerous projects ranging from small renovations to large new construction projects. His primary focus is on historic preservation. His education includes a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University and a Master of Science, Earthquake Engineering, Universita` degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia Italy.  Mr. Rush is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, 2005-06, where he studied earthquake engineering. Notable recent project include: Main Street Station Train Shed, Richmond, VA – restoration of steel trusses and new programming; Whitney Museum, NY – new art gallery next to High Line park and; Jenkins warehouse, Frederick, MD – load testing of structural system for rehabilitation of historic warehouse. Adam supports the efforts of “Save the Seminary Society” in the D.C. metro area and is an active member of APTDC recently serving as the chapter newsletter editor. He is also directly involved in planning tours for APTI for the AIA National Convention which will be in Washington in 2012.



APTDC Chapter Membership Awards


Brian C. McFee, Field Engineer/ Assistant Project Manager, Forrester Construction Company, Rockville, MD


Mr. McFee has earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He functions as the in-house preservation educator and has presented numerous hands-on demonstrations concerning a variety of preservation topics including the preservation of historic wood windows. He has also been involved in numerous construction projects focusing on the preservation aspects. In conjunction with a community outreach project (with Baker Corp.) he has been involved in the study of a balcony repair project at the Patterson House near DuPont Circle. Mr. McFee has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.



Ashley Elizabeth Sparks, Intern Architect, Quinn / Evans Architects, Washington, DC


Ms. Sparks has earned both a Master of Preservation Studies and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Catholic University of America. She has had the opportunity to work on several ongoing projects at Quinn / Evans including the Vance Federal Courthouse and Office Building in Birmingham, AL and The Daughter’s of the American Revolution Administration Building in Washington, DC. Ashley’s previous work experience includes the City of New Orleans, Historic District Landmarks Commission where she was responsible for reviewing all work proposed to the exterior of buildings in several local historic districts. Ashley is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the National Scholars Honor Society

2011 Membership:

NEW! Introducing our new Summer Intern Membership!

Interns in preservation programs in the Washington, DC area are eligible to join APT DC as a Summer Intern Member - a 3-month **FREE** membership effective through September 1st, 2011. Student Intern members will be able to participate in all APT DC summer events such as lectures, tours, and our Summer Picnic.

After September 1st, Interns are invited to join the Chapter at a pro-rated cost of $5 through the end of the year. Subsequent renewal for 2012 will be at the Student/Intern annual rate of $10. Note: As a full dues-paying member prior to February 15th, 2012, students and interns are eligible for the Emerging Professional Sponsorship Program to the APTI and IPTW preservation conferences.

Join HERE today! 


**Renew your membership today! 2010 members who have not renewed will stop receiving emails after publication of the 2010 Year-in-Review newsletter.**

Membership in APT DC allows you to attend our monthly events, such as site tours and our Third Thursday Lecture series, as well as our Summer Picnic
and winter Holiday Party and Annual meeting!

Renew or Join today on our Membership Page!


Ongoing Events:

Stay tuned for information on upcoming lectures in our

 Third Thursday Lecture Series

The series will be featuring evening presentations by local professionals highlighting themes and advances in preservation related fields and technology.

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, speaker suggestions, or a venue you'd like to offer! Email (attn: Brad Carpenter):

See our Events page to link to the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building Construction Cam!

Emerging Professional Sponsorship Program

NOTE: The deadline for applications has passed.
Announcement of award will come later this month (June).

APT DC is pleased to announce its annual Emerging Professional Sponsorship Program, continuing a tradition begun in 1999. This program will provide a stipend for up to two APT DC Members working in the affiliated fields of historic preservation - architecture, architectural or materials conservation, architectural history/ research, construction, construction management, engineering, interiors, landscape architecture, or planning. The Washington DC Chapter of The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT DC) supports emerging professionals specializing in historic preservation and active in our chapter as part of its mission.
Eligible persons include those who have completed an undergraduate or graduate school degree, or other certified training program, within the past 5 years, in a preservation related career field, and are currently working in that field (evidence documents required with application).
Applicants will be members of the Chapter with dues paid as of February 15, 2011. Please inform any individuals whom you believe would be strong candidates of this requirement.


APT-DC Spring Symposium:

Climate Management in Historic Buildings -

the Old, the Cold, and the Mold

Additional Information:



Symposium Schedule

The APT DC/WCG Symposium took place on March 24-25, 2011 at the Women in Military Service Memorial near Arlington Cemetery.

Speakers included Wendy Jessup of Wendy Jessup and Associates, Michael Henry of Watson and Henry Associates and Richard Kershner of the Shelburne Museum, all well known in the field of climate control. This event was co-sponsored by the National Park Service.




Membership and Networking:
APT DC is on Facebook!

Connect with fellow DC preservation professionals and keep up with current events! Please feel free to share articles and information, recommend tours and give feedback within this forum.

APT-DC has migrated to a new email address ( as of July 1, 2010.
Any 2009 members who have not renewed have not been included on our current mailing lists.   

Volunteers wanted!
Are you interested in becoming more involved with APT DC? 

APT DC Marketing Committee

APT DC seeks marketing committee members to be responsible for gathering committee members to assist in connecting with other local preservation groups and promoting APT DC.  The committee will be responsible for sending announcements of our events to local and national (as appropriate) preservation organizations. The committee will seek new venues for membership including schools and other preservation organizations.  The chair will be responsible for attending some of the monthly planning meeting to report as well as submitting a brief statement as to the committees activities and progress each month to the president. Exchange of advertising might be one such way to exchange information with other preservation groups. An officer of APT DC will be available to assist the committee.  

APT DC Annual Workshop/Seminar Committee

APT DC seeks annual workshop/seminar committee members to assist the officers with planning large events.  These positions will send announcements, find venues, coordinate with speakers, find caterers, assist with registration and other duties associated with event planning.  

Please contact Catherine Dewey ( to discuss the marketing and workshop opportunities.


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Contact Us:

Association for Preservation Technology - Washington DC Chapter
PO Box 7798
Washington DC 20044-7798


phone: (202) 257-0482