Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Help for Crumbling Buildings

Monday we hosted an Historic Structures Workshop, organized by both the Indiana Historical Society's Local History Services and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Geared for professionals and volunteers in history organizations located in historic buildings, staff and board members from as far away as Cincinnati convened to troubleshoot the various problems they face with their historic structures. Architect Judith Kleine, also a veteran faculty from the Lew Wallace Youth Academy, provided images and criteria to assess historic buildings for construction issues. John Reid, owner of Pioneer Restoration in Lafayette, spouted a wealth of information related to care and restoration of masonry, wood, and windows in older buildings. He has done a great deal of work throughout the region on courthouses, historic homes, and museums, and answered even the toughest questions with expertise. At different points, we took the group around the Study to show some of the masonry issues we're facing now with the Study Restoration Project, and then later to Lane Place to discuss wood and paint issues. We were very pleased to host the group and provide a venue for discussion and professional development. Many thanks to Stacy Klingler of Local History Services and Tommy Kleckner wtih Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana for letting us be a part of this event!

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