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The Recent Past: Identification and Evaluation of Mid-20th-Century Resources

Detailed Seminar Agenda

Seminar Overview

Review nationwide trends in mid-20th-century houses and commercial structures, with an emphasis on the evolution of suburban development patterns, construction methods, and building styles and types. Examine era-specific factors that help to identify these buildings. Discuss how to determine the significance and integrity of resources when evaluating eligibility for listing on the National Register and for tax credits. Review these considerations in meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Section 106, 110, and 4(f) requirements.


James C. Massey, Assoc. AIA, architectural historian and planner, former HABS chief, contributing editor to Old-House Journal, and historic preservation consultant with a particular interest in the mid-20th century

Evaluation Comments

"It enriches my knowledge in historic preservation . It opened the door to all the issues confronting the recent past."

"[It brought up] current professional opinions regarding the topic and upcoming challenges."

"Thought provoking . good information on materials and style markers."

"I am much better able to place modern buildings with the decade in which they were constructed."

"Helped structure my thinking. The manual is excellent, too."

"[It gave me] a better appreciation for post-WWII vernacular architecture: typologies, materials, architectural features."


Architectural historians; architects; planners; federal, state, and local agency cultural resource managers; preservation consultants.

Continuing Education Credits

Self-reporting often is an option for members of professional organizations that require continuing education credits.

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Identification and Evaluation of Arts and Crafts, Ready-cut, and Prefabricated Houses

Locations and Dates

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$500 (6-week advance registration); $550 (regular registration)

Rate for 3 days including Preservation Planning for Historic Roads:
$650 (6-week advance registration); $700 (regular registration)

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

Detailed Seminar Agenda

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