2022 Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellow Selected
10/18/2022 By Preservation Maryland
Preservation Maryland and The National Park Service are pleased to announce the 2022 Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellow. Now in its third year, the fellowship supports innovation and professional growth in the field of historic preservation.
The Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship provides a short-term opportunity for an individual to pursue a unique self-directed project under the guidance of a mentor. Many innovative applications were received from across the country. In a change from its initial years, the award was increased and a single applicant is selected to be the Goodall Fellow. They will receive up to a $10,000 grant, be paired with a professional project mentor, and will be recognized for a distinguished achievement while creating original preservation training content, performing research, or enhancing leadership and management skills.
Elicia leaving her mark on the Marshall County Courthouse
Elicia Feasel manages preservation projects for H.G. Christman Construction in South Bend. In her previous role as the historic preservation administrator for the City of South Bend, Elicia observed firsthand the challenge of locating skilled craftspeople who repaired vintage windows and that specialized in historic preservation. At home in La Porte, Elicia is the grounds superintendent for her neighborhood the Pine Lake Assembly–a historic lake retreat founded by settlers in the 1890s. Elicia’s honed her skills as an interior designer and a sustainable building advisor with each of the three personal houses she has renovated. Dedicated to educating people on the importance of historic preservation, Elicia is a founding board member of South Bend TradeWorks, a non-profit group that rescues historic buildings and materials by reclaiming and selling architectural salvage and providing training on historic building renovation best practices.
For Elicia’s Fellowship project, South Bend TradeWorks will assist Elicia to develop a summer apprenticeship-style program to connect skilled local preservation contractors with local high school, technical school, and college trades programs. The program will train participants in historic window repair, siding repair, floor repair, masonry, and deconstruction. The curriculum will pair beginner students with skilled craftspeople to observe and participate in actual repair projects.
This project was selected because preservation contractors are an endangered resource and it is important to cultivate more professionals to better compete with the well-funded replacement industry. South Bend TradeWorks’ innovative project brings together a variety of professionals to fulfill a community-based need to keep the preservation trades alive and most importantly empower people to preserve historic buildings and materials.
In discussing Elicia’s project, Fellowship founder Harrison Goodall emphasized how the Fellowship can help build recognition on important topics in preservation and Elicia’s project is integral to the profession. “The preservation field needs more young and innovative energetic leaders who will make a difference.”
The Harrison Goodall Grant for Innovative Historic Preservation gives graduate students and enterprising professionals the opportunity to undertake a focused pursuit that makes a meaningful contribution to the field of historic preservation and support the stewardship of historic resources.
Goodall at Grand Teton National Park
Often during the rigors of a preservation graduate program or while in professional employment, there aren’t opportunities to explore issues that can create a difference in the preservation field. The format of the fellowship program is flexible to encourage creativity and allow fellows to continue to study, work, or engage in other activities.
Inspired by a gift from Harrison Goodall and made possible by Preservation Maryland, this NPS partnership promotes innovation in the field of historic preservation by allowing entrepreneurial preservationists to develop and conduct independent projects. Fellows not only make a contribution to the field of preservation, but also grow professionally as a result of their interaction with a preservation mentor.
In the words of Harrison Goodall, “Preservation changed my life; I’d like to see it do the same for others.”
Preservation Maryland is Maryland’s first and largest organization dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites.