Learn from national experts on traditional and innovative strategies for protecting buildings from flood damage through hands-on experience in some of Galveston’s threatened historic houses. Over two days, Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17, the symposium will visit multiple sites in Galveston to explore the ways in which different building strategies can help minimize flood vulnerability. The program will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on both days, with an optional evening lecture and social on Thursday, June 16. Tickets are $145 which covers admission and lunch for both days of the symposium as well as the Thursday evening lecture.
“Communities around the world are facing the impacts of flooding,” says Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director, “and Galveston Island presents an ideal setting to explore practical solutions to the challenges that flood waters pose to historic houses. We are excited to host this symposium for architects, contractors, engineers, planners, students, and homeowners to learn and share insights.”
Through lectures and hands-on workshops, the symposium will cover the flood mitigation strategies of reinforcement, flood-proofing, structural elevation, and amphibious architecture and explore other flood-related issues affecting historic houses, including building codes and flood insurance reforms.
Approaching Water is organized through the Center for Coastal Heritage, a project of Galveston Historical Foundation. The Center for Coastal Heritage is a resource for practitioners working at the cross-section of the built environment and natural environment. The CCH works in collaboration with a wide field of experts to examine cultural heritage within the context of our coastal geography. This project is in part funded by the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.
The symposium will include site visits to four historic houses over the two days. The houses, all located in flood-prone areas, will be undergoing rehabilitation at the time of the symposium, allowing attendees a unique opportunity to explore the implementation of flood mitigation strategies. The sites will be within walking distance of one another. Specific location will be announced in the spring.