Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Maintaining Magnificence

Help In The Form Of A Courthouse Maintenance Handbook

Breakout 3A

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 2:15–3:30 p.m.
Location: Creekside I, 2nd Floor
Speakers: Nancy McCoy, FAIA, FAPT, and Nicky DeFreece Emery, AIA, McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture

Receive a guided overview of the newly published Texas Historic Courthouse Maintenance Handbook from the people who wrote it. Prepared by McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture, the new handbook was developed in close consultation with the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, as well as consultations with Courthouse Stewards and interviews with staff of several Texas counties. While the new handbook is intended to assist in establishing a proactive annual maintenance schedule and addressing specific challenges to all types of courthouses, it also easily applies to the stewardship of many other types of historic buildings. It is full of illustrations and step-by-step instructions to help prevent major building problems.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is the provider of record. When Learning Units (LU) and health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credits are available for AIA-approved courses, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AIA’s continuing education program can be found at and



Nancy McCoy, an award-winning preservation architect with more than 30 years of experience, is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Preservation Technology. Principal at McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture, she has worked on projects ranging from the adaptive use of Kansas City’s Union Station to the preservation of historic murals at Fair Park in Dallas and the rehabilitation of the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. She practiced in New York and Washington, DC, prior to moving to Dallas in 1997.


Nicky DeFreece Emery is a preservation architect and conservator at McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture and founder of Adaptǀre:Adapt Preservation and Conservation, LLC. Previous positions include senior architectural historian and conservator at URS/LopezGarcia Group and conservator at the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Drury University, master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, and master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. DeFreece Emery has performed conservation and preservation work across the U.S. at Save America’s Treasures and UNESCO World Heritage sites. She is active in the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) International and is past president of APT Texas. She is also an active member of the American Institute for Conservation, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and is a past president of Preservation Dallas.