Join Us on June 16th for the Third Annual MAHDC Symposium on Historic Commissions and Affordability: “When Money is Tight, but the Roof Isn’t…”

On June 16, 2018, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC) will host its Third Annual Symposium in conjunction with Preservation Maryland’s Annual Old Line Summit at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in College Park, MD. This year’s program – “When the Money is Tight; But the Roof Isn’t” – will focus on the question of affordability in historic communities. Practitioners will share insights drawn from their experience maintaining affordability in communities and preserving historic properties. MAHDC will also use a forum model to discuss issues of affordability and how affordability impacts the communities where our participants work. The Preservation Maryland Old Line Summit precedes the Symposium on June 15 and there is joint registration site. To attend the MAHDC Symposium on June 16 and Preservation Maryland’s Old Line State Summit on June 15, register at

The MAHDC 2018 Annual Symposium will tackle the following questions:

• Why is making preservation more affordable so critical to our preservation goals?
• Can preservation be affordable and equitable to those living in our communities?
• What financial incentives and tools (both well-known and less common) are available to lower costs?
• How can communities use techniques that larger preservation developers use to advance preservation?
• How do commission and staff address modern, more cost effective, alternative materials?

Attendees will have an opportunity to visit the Vendor Hall and speak to the vendors about their approaches to restoring, rehabilitating and repairing historical properties. A full list of vendors is available on the MAHDC website.

The MAHDC 2018 Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker is Charles Duff, President, Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.

Charlie is an experienced developer and planner and an authority on Baltimore’s architecture and development. In twenty-three years as Jubilee’s President, Charlie has led a team that has built or rebuilt houses and apartments for thousands of Baltimoreans. Author of the Midtown Community Plan, he has been central in facilitating the revival of Baltimore’s four central neighborhoods. Charlie is a frequent lecturer on architectural history at the Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University.

The Featured Speaker in the afternoon session is Lauren Oswalt McHale, President, The L’Enfant Trust, Washington, DC

Lauren was appointed President of the Trust in 2017, after serving as Executive Director and Director of Preservation. In 2012, she initiated the Trust’s Historic Properties Redevelopment Program. Lauren has a B.A. in Art History and Historic Preservation & Community Planning from the College of Charleston and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She serves as President of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and as a board member for both Preservation Action and the ACE DC Mentor Program. She is also a citizen member of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee of Washington’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C.

MAHDC thanks our principal partners, Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland, the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Calvert County Government and Corporate Sponsor, Second Century Homes, LLC.

The symposium is eligible for CLG Educational and Training Funds reimbursement as formal commissioner training. AIA Continuing Education Credits are being pursued.