2006-present: The Lake House Today
A Place for Everyone
A Special Place for Preservationists
According to Paul Bruhn, Executive Director for the Preservation Trust of Vermont, “The participants mentor each other, learn that they are not the only ones working on very challenging projects, and see that they are all part of the process of building better communities and helping to protect the character of Vermont."
The retreats are structured so that each group of two-to-four individuals is invited to present a 10-15 minute case study about their preservation project. The case study is meant to frame a specific problem or situation that once solved will catapult that project to a higher level. Following the case study is about 45 minutes of brainstorming and cross-mentoring.
Along with community preservationists, two or three resource people are part of the mix. Depending on the projects, they might include someone from the State Historic Preservation Office or National Trust Northeast Office, or a fund-raising consultant, developer, architect, or someone from the Vermont Arts Council. But by-and-large, it is the community volunteers who bring collective thinking and experience to one another’s projects. At times, mentors have challenged the credibility of the problem, turning a project on its head before sending it down another path. Other times they have validated a group’s intuition. But always, participants have been generous with advice, often going beyond the retreat to visit one another’s projects and provide ongoing support.
Besides the structured case studies, the retreats allow time, before and after dinner, for more casual discussion-maybe during a walk, or sitting on the porch, or gathering around a scrapbook
Visit the links below to read more about the history and rehabilitation of the Lake House.