Preservationists have announced a public forum on restoring Duranguito, as well as a discussion on the potential for the entire area.
The forum will be held Saturday, December 15, from 10am to 1230pm, in the El Paso Public Library’s Auditorium located at 501 North Oregon Street.
As part of the forum, J. P. Bryan will moderate a discussion on restoring Duranguito that will feature the executive directors of Preservation Texas, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation; the President of the Texas Historical Foundation; and the Senior Field Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Preservationist and Architectural Historian Max Grossman, Ph.D. says the importance of the forum cannot be overstated.
“Never before has such a distinguished group of national and state-level historic preservation experts visited El Paso for such an extraordinary event…we wish to emphasize that the public is welcome to attend and we sincerely hope that City, County and State leaders and administrators will join us as well. This is an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the future of our the historic building stock in our downtown.”
In addition to Bryan’s discussion, State Sen. José Rodríguez will present a virtual reconstruction of Duranguito that was created by Victor Hugo Soto, Diana Ramos, Andres Armendariz and Ingrid Leyva in consultation with the neighborhood residents.
Five presenters will discuss Duranguito’s economic and cultural potential as well as the opportunity for developing heritage tourism in downtown El Paso.
The forum will wrap up with Mr. Bryan’s concluding remarks and then questions from the audience.
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