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Annual Conference


in partnership with the Virginia


29th Annual

Virginia Preservation Conference:

Bridging Hampton Roads

October 26-28, 2014

Norfolk, VA

Click here for the conference schedule at-a-glance (updated 10/22/14).

Click here for the complete program with session descriptions and speaker information.

Preservation Virginia’s 2014 statewide conference held in partnership with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be in the Norfolk region from October 26th through 28th, 2014.  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 Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel and Convention Center where we have negotiated a room rate of only $89/night.  The conference overflow hotel (and site of the Sunday, October 26th review board training workshop) will be the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, available at the same $89/night conference special rate.  Traveling between the two hotels- and Norfolk and Portsmouth- takes 15 minutes by water ferry across the Elizabeth River.  

Monday's plenary and concurrent morning sessions will be complemented by afternoon off-site trips by bus, boat, or on foot (all included with conference registration).  Register early to reserve your spot on the Victory Rover or the bus trip to Virginia Beach, as space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once filled, registration for both capacity-limited tours will be closed.  On Monday evening, explore an active archaeology site at St. Paul's Episcopal Church before heading out for dinner on your own in Norfolk.  On Tuesday morning, conference attendees will check out of their hotels and travel to Hampton to spend the day at sites located throughout Fort Monroe.  At the conclusion of the main conference (and/or the Post-Conference Preservation Virginia/VAM historic structures roundtable event), attendees can depart for points north without the worry of traffic in the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.       

This conference is possible with generous support from our sponsors

Thank you generous sponsors

Conference hotel booking information:

To book a room at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, click here. The last day to book a room with the special $89/night room rate has been extended to 10/17/14. 

To book a room at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, click here. The last day to book a room with the special $89/night room rate is 10/6/14.


Click here for Norfolk parking information.  Both conference hotels charge for parking per night at adjacent garages:

Norfolk Waterside Marriott: All parking owned/operated by City of Norfolk; Off-site parking fee: 1 USD hourly, 13 USD daily; On-site parking, fee: 1 USD hourly, 20 USD daily; Valet parking fee: 26 USD daily

Renaissance Portsmouth: Parking garage is owned/operated by City of Portsmouth (height clearance is 7.5 feet); On-site parking fee: 10 USD daily

Real-time traffic information is available from VDOT via: cell phone (dial 511), mobile application (VDOT 511, downloadable to smartphones for free), and their interactive website  

Water Ferry

The Elizabeth River Ferry provides transportation between Norfolk and Portsmouth (and the two conference hotels) on a set schedule.  Trips aboard the boat cost $1.50 EXACT CHANGE each direction.  Note: Pre-Conference Workshop attendees will receive Water Ferry vouchers and extended Sunday morning departure times.

For more information and a detailed schedule, click here. 

Norfolk Attractions Map and website link


Pre-Conference Workshop 

Sunday, October 26th from 9am-4:30pm at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel including a walking tour of historic Portsmouth.  Cost is $30/person for CLGs and $45/person for non-CLGs.  Please use the online conference registration form to sign up.

October 26, 2014 Workshop Information and Schedule 

Note: Pre-Conference Workshop attendees will receive Water Ferry vouchers with extended Sunday morning departure times. Please see the pre-conference workshop webpage for more information.   

Post-Conference Workshop 

Conference attendees officially end their experience on Tuesday afternoon with a tour of the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe but are welcome to stay for the joint Preservation Virginia/Virginia Association of Museums event that will follow at 2pm.  The event is free of charge, but registration is required (using the online conference registration form).  

Those registering for just the Post-Conference Workshop are also welcome to join the tour of the Casemate, simply register using the main online conference registration form, below.  Click here for the Preservation Virginia/VAM Historic Structures Roundatable Event flyer.  

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 on Monday, October 27th at 12:15pm at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.  Further details and the official nomination form can be found here.  Award categories include:

Outstanding Preservation Project : The 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 for web and mailed purchases.  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.

To Register by Mail:  Fill out and print the web registration form and mail with check. Checks made payable to Preservation Virginia can be mailed to: 

Preservation Virginia
Attn: Conference Registration
204 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220

To Register by Fax

Fill out and print the web registration form and fax with credit card information to 804-775-0802.

Registration Payment Information

  • Payment must accompany registration.
  • Mailed or faxed registrations are processed in the order they are received.  Please provide an email address on the form so confirmation receipts can be sent via email.
  • Payment can be made by check, Visa and MasterCard.

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 October 1, 2013.  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.

 Conference Registration Fee Schedule

  • Registration: $199
  • Preservation Virginia Member Registration: $169
  • Student/Speaker/Committee Member/Sponsor Registration: $159


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