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Annual Conference


in partnership with the Virginia


30th Annual

Virginia Preservation Conference

October 18-20, 2015

Richmond, VA


Preservation Virginia’s 2015 statewide conference held in partnership with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be in the Norfolk region from October 18th through 20th, 2015.  The conference typically draws 150-200 preservationists, architects, city planners, developers, local government officials, historic property owners, historic preservation non-profit staff and members, and others to attend lectures and panels, workshops, tours, and field sessions on a variety of preservation-related issues from mid 20th c. historic resources to comprehensive planning to archaeology.  The annual awards luncheon and the lively Preservation Pitch will return this year, too.   

The conference will be based at the Omni Hotel in Richmond where we have negotiated a room rate of only $139/night. 


This conference is possible with generous support from our sponsors

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Will Glasco, Director of Annual Fund at 804648-1889x303 or

Conference Registration Includes:

The Virginia Preservation Conference registration fee includes attendance for all conference hotel and off-site breakout sessions and tours, including field trips by bus or boat, Sunday and Monday evening receptions (drink ticket and cash bar), morning refreshments and midday refreshment breaks, and Monday's Annual Awards Luncheon.   


The Preservation Pitch contest returns for the third time this year.  Enter for a chance to win $2,000 for a bricks-and-mortar preservation project!  Details, rules, and the official nomination entry form can be found here.

The Annual Awards luncheon will take place.  Further details and the official nomination form can be found here.  Award categories include:

Outstanding Preservation ProjectThe Gabriella Page Preservation Award

Recognizes an owner, architect, design firm, contractor or developer for a domestic, commercial or public sector project that best exemplifies the use of preservation standards and brings an outstanding building into appropriate contemporary use.

Outstanding Community Preservation Project: The Katherine Glaize Rockwood Community Preservation Award

Recognizes an activity or project that has made a significant contribution to an historic area in Virginia. Examples would include an effort to save a critical structure, creation of a revolving fund, exceptional efforts by a historic preservation commission or neighborhood association such as the establishment and maintenance of a newsletter or website.

Outstanding Historic Preservation Research Effort: The George W. G. Stoner and John Melville Jennings Research and Education Award

Recognizes any individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the cause of historic preservation or archaeology in Virginia through research, interpretation, and/or education.

Young Preservationist of the Year

Presented to a person or youth group, comprised of members twenty-five years of age or younger, who have made a notable contribution to preservation in Virginia.  This award not only recognizes excellence, but also the profound need to attract young people into Virginia's preservation movement.

Registration Information

One-day conference rates and individual session rates are not available.  Participants will receive a confirmation of registration via email.  Please provide a valid email address.  For last minute on-site registrations, we recommend that you contact Preservation Virginia at 804-648-1889, ext. 317 to check on registration availability prior to arrival.  Meals cannot be guaranteed with on-site registrations.

Session Information

  • You must pre-register for space-limited and off-site sessions; you do not need to pre-register for concurrent sessions that take place at the conference hotel. 
  • Limits are placed on the size of sessions and off-site sessions based on available resources at each site; spaces for off-site tours will be filled on a first come, first served basis so register early.
  • Arrive early as off-site sessions may require travel time from the main hotel.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Off-site sessions will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.  Bring an umbrella!
  • Persons with limited mobility should email to determine accessibility of specific tours and off-site sessions.
  • Don't forget to bring your camera!

Image Release

Preservation Virginia staff and volunteers will take photographs and video throughout the conference and pre-conference workshops and at receptions and reserves the right to post them on our website, social media outlets, and use them in promotional and educational materials.

Registration Questions?

Call Alexis Feria at 804-648-1889, ext. 300 or

Cancellation and Refunds

Full refunds for cancellations will be given, less a $35 administrative fee, if received in writing or by email by September 15, 2015.  No refunds can be given after that date; however, a substitute can be sent in your place, please email to give the name of the substitute.