The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 24, 2013

Wednesday's Design and Architecture Workshop highlights Palestine history

Staff Reports
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PALESTINE — The Palestine Main Street Department and the Historic Landmarks Commission will be offering a special design and architecture workshop from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday at city hall, located at 504 N. Queen St.

Howard Langner, architect with the Texas Historical Commission Main Street Program and Community Heritage Development Division, will start the workshop with a “Design 101” presentation that covers different architectural features, how to recognize historic fabric and other design topics.

The presentation will be followed by a walking tour of the downtown area, during which Langner will assist participants with critical thinking skills which are important when looking at a property to see the different possibilities based on what the owner can and is able to do.

The entire workshop will focus on the historic buildings of Palestine, specifically in the Main Street district, but the concepts apply to all four of Palestine’s historic districts. With more than 1,800 historic structures and locations, Palestine is rivaled only by Galveston for number of historic sites.

In an effort to preserve these treasures, Palestine has designated a North Side Historic District, a South Side Historic District, a Reagan Park Historic District and the Historic Main Street District. Overseeing development and rehabilitation in these areas are two city boards, the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Palestine Main Street Advisory Board.

Langner provides preservation assistance in historic towns throughout Texas as part of the Texas Main Street Program. Prior to joining the Texas Historical Commission staff in 1999, he was a project architect with Centerbrook Architects and Planners of Essex, Connecticut, which received the 1998 National AIA Firm Award, the highest honor that the American Institute of Architects confers on a firm. Langner is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Lyons at 903-731-8480 or Laura Westgate at 903-723-3014.

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