30th Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (April 16, 2008)

Entitled Competing Values? Balancing Heritage and Environment, the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation’s 30th annual meeting will take place in the exciting metropolitan city of Montreal from May 28-31, 2008.

The Alliance will be looking ahead at the ways and means by which to balance and to integrate heritage conservation practices and historic preservation treatments with environmentally sustainable activities. These concepts are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

On Thursday and Friday mornings, a series of presentations and discussions will focus on the ways and means to best balance and integrate landscape heritage conservation practices (known as historic preservation treatments in the US) with environmentally sustainable activities. These presentations and discussions will take place at the Masonic Temple on Sherbrooke Street. Erected in 1929-30, this classically inspired edifice was designed to respond to the moral principles of Freemasonry: a tour of the various lodge rooms and the reception hall, each boasting a unique interior design and colour scheme, will be provided.

The wrap-up discussion on Saturday afternoon will take place in the mezzanine of the Mile End Library on Park Avenue. This red brick edifice was designed in 1904 to house the Anglican Church of the Ascension and served as such until the early 1990s, when the congregation moved northward. In 1993, it was purchased by the City of Montreal and tastefully converted to house the Mile End branch of the municipal library, a use that allows it to remain a vital meeting place for the local community. The Alliance will have a retrospective of its accomplishments over the last 30 years and its challenges and priorities for the future: are there new roles for the Alliance across the continent?

Field sessions include trips to Mount Royal Park, the Lachine Canal, the Main and Mile End, and a keynote address will be delivered by Holly Dressel.

For more information, please visit www.ahlp.org/docs/meetings.html