Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Historic house expos

Anatomy of a Double-Hung window

On Saturday October 8th, the DC Preservation League is sponsoring a historic house expo in Columbia Heights.

Historic House Toolbox
Saturday, October 8, 2011
All Souls Church, Unitarian
1500 Harvard Street, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights (Green Line)

Join DC Preservation League and Historic Mount Pleasant for the opportunity to receive FREE individualized attention from contractors and seasoned professionals who will answer your questions on a range of topics including: working with architects and contractors, roofing, wood windows, masonry, ironwork, painting, energy efficiency and much more.

Two on-site learning sessions will focus on researching the history of your property; and energy audits and greening your house without compromising its historic integrity.

FREE and Open to the Public
Registration Required

Greater Mid-Atlantic Historic Home Show & Designer Craftsmen Show
October 28-30
Fredericksburg, VA

Old House Journal Magazine is sponsoring a similar but much bigger program in late October. I hope to be able to attend it myself.

I think these kinds of programs are very important because too often, preservationists (or governments generally) "dictate" rules without providing the kind of assistance or education you need in order to carry out the rules efficiently and cost-effectively. This is different from manuals and such. DC publishes great resources, as does the Federal Historic Preservation Program, and many other preservation organizations do as well. E.g., the Capitol Hill Restoration Society has great publications on topics relevant to the historic building stock of that neighborhood.

In a world where most tradespeople focus on new construction, finding people who can do high quality work on older houses is difficult, even in a place like Washington, DC, which has at least 100,000 buildings dating before 1930.

These kinds of trade shows are great places to learn from presentations, but also from the exhibitors, and when you can do contractor consultations too, that's helpful as well.



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