Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO) celebrates preservation the weekend March 3 and 4, 2017.
SOLD OUT: Friday night, REO will host Saving Places: A Preservation Celebration, a night to honor preservation achievements in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro. The event features drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a fast moving video awards ceremony along with desserts and coffee all inside the restored Art Deco Paxton building at 14th and Farnam Streets.
BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR: Saturday REO will hold the 12th annual Restore Omaha Conference on the Fort Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College.Tom Mayes, vice president and senior counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation is the keynote speaker. In 2013, Mayes received the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation. Following a six-month sabbatical in the Italian capital, he wrote a series of essays titled Why Old Places Matter. Mayes looked at the question from a variety of perspectives or reasons—14 to be exact—and he will share those at the Restore Omaha Conference.
Sheila Ireland, an architect with Leo A Daly, will reprise her “TEDx Omaha” talk from last October to open the conference. In “The City is a Library,” Ireland explains how buildings tell the story of a city. But unlike books, they can never be reproduced. “What stories should we consider saving when constructing the future?” she asks.
The conference will feature local craftsmen demonstrating construction skills such as plastering, woodworking and paint removal along with 18 breakout sessions ranging from historic tile to the new Land Bank program. It will end with the popular Restore Jam! where people will have five minutes to highlight a restoration project they completed.
All those attending the Friday night celebration will receive a complimentary admission to the Restore Omaha Conference.