TT02 - Technical Tour: Modern Technology, Traditional Sites - Incorporating New Innovations in Historic Buildings

Wednesday, September 13 from 1:10 PM to 3:05 PM « Back

Learn more about the history and architecture of Providence. First, you’ll visit the John Brown House, built in 1788 by merchant, patriot, and politician, John Brown. The Brown family, some of the earliest settlers in Providence, became one of the wealthiest and notable in Providence, and eventually became namesakes of Brown University. The tour will highlight the incorporation of modern technology into a historic house, while preserving the interior aesthetic integrity. We’ll discuss recent renovation work, including a steel reinforcement of a grand mahogany staircase and the installation of a massive geothermal system in a 230-year-old historic house. Next, we’ll walk over to the Education Center, the most recent and modern building of Providence's First Unitarian Church. The Center was designed in the early 2000's, the final structure of three owned by the church. While a modern building, it was designed with the intentional echoes back to the two other buildings of this property, the Meeting House (1816) and the Parish House (1878). During the behind the scenes tour, you’ll discover how they designed an addition within a historic compound with modern materials, but in a manner that is complimentary to both the original buildings and the surrounding neighborhood.
Learning Objectives:
•Discuss the history and architecture of Providence, RI
•Specify methods that can be used to successfully incorporate modern technology into historic buildings
•Describe how the recent successful renovation work, including a massive geothermal system was completed on a 230-year old historic building
•Recognize how to successfully design an addition within a historic compound using modern materials and methods

Credits:  1.5 AIA LUs/HSW, .10 ICC

Tour Leader: James Barnes-Professor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design

Fee: $60 until July 18th, $65 after July 18th. Cost includes transportation.

Meet shuttle bus at exit across from security desk on lobby level of the convention center;   (Near the Dunkin Donuts side, backend side near Sabin Street) of Center. Bus departs promptly at 1:10pm.

Schedule: Shuttle departs @ 1:10pm, tour is scheduled for 1:25-2:55pm, shuttle arrives back at Convention Center around 3:05pm.

This is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes.  If you have a disability and need assistance with physical requirements or require an ADA compliant vehicle, call 972-536-6358 or email at least 2 weeks prior to the tour.

Credits: 1.5 AIA LUs/HSW, .10 ICC

Education Tracks: Students/Young Professionals, Architect/Designer, Interior Designer, Contractor, Project Manager, Engineer, Manufacturer's Rep/Product Rep, Specifier, Building Owner/Manager

Event Type: Technical Tours > Event