Friday, April 3rd is the start of Preservation Week in Albemarle County. A series of events are taking place that are focused on the preservation of historic buildings and places. When it comes to historic preservation in the Charlottesville area, Monticello and the University of Virginia are the first landmarks that come to mind, but there is much more to historic preservation, including a link between history and sustainability. Justin Sarafin, Vice President of Preservation Piedmont says, "Historic preservation and the idea of sustainability are sort of one and the same... The idea of reusing existing structures is really the first step in what you might think of as green building."
Preservation Week 2009 kicks off Friday evening with the opening of "Preserving Place = Sustaining Communities," an exhibition at the Charlottesville Community Design Center. Lydia Mattice Brandt, a member of the Preservation Week Committee says, "The exhibit is centered around case studies that explain different aspects of preservation and issues of preservation." This is just one of the many exhibits, workshops, tours, and lectures scheduled for the week ahead. The exhibit includes topics like how to make your historic home more energy efficient.
"Really approach issues that are central to the identity of Charlottesville and to Charlottesville's increasing interest in being a sustainable city," says Danial Bluestone, Director of UVa Historic Preservation. The events are all free and open to anyone interested in historic preservation, history, sustainable development, or green design.
Bluestone adds, "What this week really represents is the extraordinary work of individuals in our community. Who working on their own homes in their own organizations, within their own churches and community organizations, really understand that preservation offers us the possibility of intensifying the richness of our landscape, of our cultural resources." Some of this weeks events will focus on historic locations like Monticello, Scottsville, the Martha Jefferson and Woolen Mills neighborhoods, and Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.
For a complete list of the events of Preservation Week 2009 just visit www.preservationweek.com.