Restoration Exchange Presents

Friday, March 3, 2017 |  6pm-9pm

Saving Places – A Preservation Celebration: The Paxton- 14th & Farnam

On Friday night, Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO ) will host Saving Places: A Preservation Celebration, a night to honor preservation achievements in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro. The event features drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, preservation lovers silent auction, a fast moving video awards ceremony along with desserts and coffee all inside the restored Art Deco Paxton building at 14th and Farnam Streets.

2017 Honorary Chairs: Mark and Vera Mercer
The Kimball Prize: Lynn Meyer
The Young Preservation Award: Nicole Malone
Awards will be given for the following categories;
AIA Omaha Preservation Award
Residential Preservation Award
Building Preservation Award

Tickets are $75, Patron Tickets $125.  Business Attire.  Parking available in the Omaha Park 2 Garage at 1313 Harney Street.  All those attending the Friday night celebration will receive a complimentary admission to the Restore Omaha Conference.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 8am-5pm

Restore Omaha Conference: Metropolitan Community College – Fort Omaha Campus

Saturday REO will hold the 12th annual Restore Omaha Conference on the Fort Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College. Tom Mayes, vice president and senior counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation is the keynote speaker. 

Sheila Ireland, an architect with HDR, will reprise her “TEDx Omaha” talk from last October to open the conference. In “The City is a Library,” Ireland explains how buildings tell the story of a city. But unlike books, they can never be reproduced. “What stories should we consider saving when constructing the future?” she asks.

The conference will feature local craftsmen demonstrating construction skills such as plastering, woodworking and paint removal along with 18 breakout sessions ranging from historic tile to the new Land Bank program. It will end with the popular Restore Jam! where people will have five minutes to highlight a restoration project they completed.

4 AIA Continuing Education Units Available for Architects.

3 Nebraska Real Estate Commission Continuing Education Units Available for Realtors.

Tickets are $50, REO Members $40.

Keynote Speaker

Tom Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation is the keynote speaker.

In 2013, Mayes received the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation. Following a six-month sabbatical in the Italian capital, he wrote a series of essays titled Why Old Places Matter.

Mayes looked at the question from a variety of perspectives or reasons—14 to be exact—and he will share those at the Restore Omaha Conference. As he notes in the introduction to the essays in the National Trust’s Spring 2015 Forum Journal, “The purposes I wrote about—continuity, memory, individual identity, civic identity, beauty, history, architecture, learning, sacredness, creativity, ancestry, sustainability, community and economics—are the purposes I heard most frequently as I talked to hundreds of people about old places.” His goal in writing the essays, Mayes said, was “for everyone who cares about old places to have a source for words and language to help them express why old places matter, to be able to articulate in their own way what they think and feel about old places.”

Mayes will also present a breakout session detailing the advantages of preservation easements, a preservation strategy that offers higher protection than local landmark status. Though not currently in practice locally, preservation easements are being used successfully in other states.

Event Lodging

Thank you to our event sponsor, the historic Hotel Deco in downtown Omaha is offering rooms at $129 for attendees. To reserve a room, contact the Laurie Czyz Group at 402.991.4981 or