This session leverages a homeowner’s trials and tribulations elevating the first house on the National Register of Historic Places in New York State to drive a discussion of how historic, floodprone communities can best approach resiliency. What lessons can commissions learn from a historic homeowner that will provide assistance in understanding the challenges and opportunities of building back after a disaster? This discussion will be moderated by The Craig Group, which will share other examples of how commissions have now incorporated resilience into preservation planning and design review.
Julie Nucci’s Greek Revival home, along with 75% of the Village of Owego, catastrophically flooded in 2011. Her home is the first residence on the National Register of Historic Places in NYS to be elevated for flood mitigation. The National Park Service features it on-line to advertise their illustrated Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Nucci is the Flood Resiliency Coordinator for the Village of Owego, a volunteer position she created with village leadership. Her efforts, which integrate village, town, and county governments, are focused on acting in the best interest of flood resiliency and historic preservation for her village, much of which is within the Owego Central Historic District. She is also an Ex-Officio member of the Owego Historic Preservation Commission and serves on the Village of Owego Planning Board.
Lisa Craig – The Craig Group, Principal ConsultantLisa has 30 years in historic preservation, and strives in her professional and volunteer pursuits to promote historic places as economic, resilient, dynamic, and creative community assets by collaborating with public and private partners to make historic communities the preferred place to live, work and visit. She worked with Oregon Heritage to develop a statement of the value of heritage and historic resources in community resilience and a messaging tool for organizations to promote this value. The tool provides talking points and strategies for volunteers and staff to advocate for these resources. The project helps achieve two goals of the Oregon Heritage Plan. This was a supplemental project to the community-wide disaster planning pilot and guidebook and supports the importance of this work.