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From the The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, shared April 20 with included web links:

Image courtesy of The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County announces the next in a series of educational programs celebrating our 35th anniversary. On April 28, 2011 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., join us in an exciting exploration of the craft of adaptive reuse, a historic preservation technique that rehabilitates and repurposes historic buildings for use in our contemporary world.

Our setting is 10 South Main St., Weaverville, also known as the Old Fire House, where we will tour an important downtown building that is living its second life, this time as work space, the new “Jack of Hearts” pub and a proposed bicycle shop. Hear the tales of challenges, discoveries, heartache and rebirth as a panel discussion guides us through a better understanding of this powerful preservation tool.Adaptive reuse is seen by many as a key factor in land conservation and reducing the amount of sprawl. For those who prescribe to the smart growth concept and historic preservation, it is more efficient and environmentally responsible to redevelop older buildings closer to urban cores than it is to build new construction on faraway greenfield sites.

“The greenest building is the one that is already built,” says Jack Thomson, executive director of the Preservation Society. “What good is it to fill our landfills with demolished historic buildings that can often be rehabilitated? These buildings are an important and tangible reminder of our past. Many people consider a historic building to be a non-renewable resource; once it’s demolished, the building’s contribution to a sense of place is lost forever.” Adaptive reuse can protect fragile urban environments and spur additional revitalization.

Join us for this event that is free and open to the public. We will gather at 10 South Main St. in Weaverville from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Look for the Preservation Society signage to direct your way.

MISSION:  Through preserving and promoting the unique historic resources of our region, we work to sustain the heritage and sense of place that is Asheville and Buncombe County.

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