The 19th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop will take place July 22-24, 2015, at Shelburne Farms, one of the finest examples of a Victorian Era model farm and country estate, and a National Historic Landmark. Created for Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb from 1886 to 1915, Shelburne Farms occupies 1,400 acres of designed and agricultural landscape, with significant buildings representing a combination of Shingle and Queen Anne styles. Four major historic buildings and 78 secondary buildings, structures, and sites are situated in broad expanses of fields, with rolling hills, forests, gardens, and rocky lakeshore. Eleven and a half miles of curvilinear interior roads, and eight miles of walking trails traverse the varied farm and estate landscape, and provide magnificent vistas of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Shelburne Farms is an educational nonprofit, practicing environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable rural land use and agriculture, as well as offering educational programs and activities.
IPTW 2015 will be held in the 1902 Coach Barn, the last of the four major buildings at the site designed by architect Robert Robertson. Used for large group gatherings, exhibits, conferences, and special events, the Coach Barn offers the perfect venue for gathering “All the Trades Under One Roof”. The International Preservation Trades Workshop is the only annual event in North America which brings the foremost practitioners of the traditional trades together in a single event, dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of all of the trades employed in conservation of the built environment. Since 1997, masons, timber framers, carpenters, painters, roofers, plasterers, metal workers and practitioners of other traditional trades from more than a dozen countries have come together to share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Every IPTW draws a diverse audience of tradespeople, architects, preservationists, students and home owners, and offers unique learning opportunities for people of all ages, skills levels and interests.
Known for its arts and culture, vitality, history, and walkable downtown, nearby Burlington, Vermont has received numerous accolades including being designated by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as #2 among “America’s 10 Great Places to Live” in 2013, and being chosen as the very best small city in the country, for its “State of Well Being”, in a 2010 Gallup-Healthways poll.” Make plans to join us for IPTW 2015 to engage, learn, connect, and explore all this remarkable location has to offer.
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