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Hot off the Press: Connecting Buildings and People Through Preservation at the Detroit Free Press Building
Preservation inherently speaks to the past, using photographs and newspaper articles as primary sources for rehabilitation of historic material. However, in doing so, preservation can happen in a tunnel – focused on the physical features but ignoring the impact of the rehabilitation on the people with personal connections to the building. The memories people carry and associate with a particular place hold an equal, but often less considered, weight when understanding the history of a building. Using the recently renovated Detroit Free Press Building as a case study, join Laura Mitchell of Kraemer Design Group to explore the impact the building and the people within have had on each other through interviews, stories, and photographs, and how the preservation process was informed by and has impacted both people and history.

This webinar is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and a grant from the Michigan Preservation Fund of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Aug 12, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Laura Mitchell
Project Architect - Team Lead @Kraemer Design Group
Laura is a Historic Architect, Project Architect, and Team Lead with Kraemer Design Group, where she has worked on rehabilitation and adaptive reuse projects in the Detroit area since 2012. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Michigan in 2010 and received her Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She is also a 36CFR Part 61 Qualified Historic Architect and has developed extensive experience as both designer and historic consultant on rehabilitation and historic tax credit projects.