Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions Announces Symposium Speakers

By Preservation Maryland

The Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions will hold their 2018 Annual Symposium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 tackling the questions of preservation and affordability. The keynote speakers include Charlie Duff of Jubilee Baltimore and Lauren McHale of the L’Enfant Trust.


On June 16, 2018, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC) will host its third Annual Symposium in conjunction with Preservation Maryland’s annual Old Line State Summit at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in College Park, Maryland.

This year’s program – “When the Money is Tight; But the Roof Isn’t” – will focus on the question of affordability in historic communities. Practitioners will share insights drawn from their experience maintaining affordability in communities and preserving historic properties. MAHDC will also use a forum model to discuss issues of affordability and how affordability impacts the communities where our participants work.

The MAHDC 2018 Annual Symposium will tackle the following questions:

Attendees will have an opportunity to visit the Vendor Hall and speak to the vendors about their approaches to restoring, rehabilitating and repairing historical properties. A full list of vendors is available on the MAHDC website.


Charlie Duff is an experienced developer and planner and an authority on Baltimore’s architecture and development. In twenty-three years as Jubilee’s President, Charlie has led a team that has built or rebuilt houses and apartments for thousands of Baltimoreans. Author of the Midtown Community Plan, he has been central in facilitating the revival of Baltimore’s four central neighborhoods. Charlie is a frequent lecturer on architectural history at the Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University.

Lauren McHale was appointed President of the Trust in 2017, after serving as Executive Director and Director of Preservation. In 2012, she initiated the Trust’s Historic Properties Redevelopment Program. Lauren has a B.A. in Art History and Historic Preservation & Community Planning from the College of Charleston and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She serves as President of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and as a board member for both Preservation Action and the ACE DC Mentor Program. She is also a citizen member of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee of Washington’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C.

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