Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Texas Courthouse Stewardship Roundtable Discussion

Day/Time: Friday, January 18, 9:15–10:45 a.m.
Location: Creekside I, 2nd Floor
Speakers: Sharon Fleming, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and James Malanaphy, Texas Historical Commission

The always-popular Texas Courthouse Stewardship Roundtable Discussion is a candid dialogue about the challenges of keeping courthouses in a good state of preservation, the primary goal of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Historic Courthouse Stewardship Program. The format is a THC staff-led question and answer session in which participants share their ideas and experiences in small groups and then report takeaways to other attendees. While the content is applicable to many historic buildings, participants in this session usually include elected county officials, courthouse facilities managers, and THC courthouse program staff architects. It follows the previous days' workshops and technical sessions on particular aspects of historic building preservation and maintenance.

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

1.5 LU|HSW


Sharon Fleming is director of the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) nationally acclaimed Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, which has had 134 participants and awarded more than $290 million to 90 Texas counties. With the program since its first grant cycle in 2000, Fleming has served as a project reviewer, assistant director, and director since 2012. She also leads the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program and the regulatory oversight of Texas courthouses. Between 2012 and 2018, she was also director of the THC’s Architecture Division, leading the review of federal and state rehabilitation tax credit projects and regulatory reviews under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and served as chair of the Historic Resources Committee of the Texas Society of Architects. Fleming has a master’s degree in Architecture with an emphasis in Historic Preservation from Texas Tech University and a professional degree in Architecture from Auburn University.


James Malanaphy is an architect and planner with special interests in sustainable design, historic preservation, facility management, and land use master planning. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and has worked on projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.




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