Regional Workshops


Detroit Property Repair Workshops
for Homeowners and Small Commercial Property Owners

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network invites you to a series of free workshops to help you maintain your home or small commercial building, retain your property value, and save money.

Workshops are free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
10 am-12 noon

Christopher J. Sass, Associate Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., will discuss masonry issues common
in older buildings and their solutions, how to choose the right contractor for the job, and the importance of the right
mortar for your historic home or building. Click here to register.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
10 am-12 noon

All of our older homes need regular maintenance. Come to this workshop and learn how to manage some of the
problems common to many older structures, how to remedy them, and how to institute a maintenance program that will
prevent the need for many future repairs. Click here to register.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
10 am-12 noon

Everyone wants to improve their home’s energy efficiency, but historic buildings and homes need to be weatherized
properly to avoid long-term damage. Come to this workshop to learn about the common energy issues in older homes
and how to remedy them in a way that’s sensitive to your house’s materials and needs. Click here to register.

Please register by clicking the above links or by phone at 313.575.5215

All workshops take place at Art Gallery – 14401 E Jefferson (corner of Chalmers) in Detroit.

Off-street parking located west of Chalmers.
We look forward to seeing you there!

FREE_Detroit_Property_Workshops (PDF flyer)Workshops Sponsored by:





 on the historic preservation of properties for building managers, homeowners, and small commercial building owners.

Kalamazoo Workshop Flyer
Bay City Workshop Flyer

East Ferry Street, Detroit

Most owners of older & historic homes & small commercial buildings want to maintain & preserve their properties’ historic character, but often don’t know how. These same owners want to boost their energy conservation & better understand lead-based paint hazards. If you are such an owner, come & meet with preservation professionals who will discuss these challenges & offer information & demonstrations to help you. This primer to historic preservation will give you the basics & a framework from which to begin your projects that will result in a well maintained building that showcases its historic character.

Topic Discussions:                                                                              

  • Preservation Basics —- An overview of historic preservation, including energy efficiency, standards to guide work on older properties, the economic benefits of keeping what you have.
  • Weatherization / Energy Conservation —- Energy saving tips, including how to effectively insulate, caulk, weather-strip, & handle air leaks.
  • Lead Based Paint – Hazards & Solutions —- Safe practices related to handling & working with lead-based paints. When to consider remediation & abatement.


Window Workshop Trainee

Preservation Trades Demonstrations:   

  • Wood Window Repair —- Understand the benefits of repairing rather than replacing historic windows. The anatomy of historic wood windows & correct restoration practices.
  • Plaster Repair / Paint Finishes —- Learn about the different types of plaster & paint finishes. When to repair, replaster, or repaint, & how to do it right.
  • Masonry Cleaning & Restoration —- How to clean & care for historic masonry, how to properly determine a repair solution, & the differences between historic & new mortars.

Morning coffee & box lunches will be served to provide an opporunity for networking


Admission is only $10, but space is limited & participants must sign up in advance.

To register, visit the link for the workshop desired below

Call 517-371-8080 with questions.

Kalamazoo, October 5, 2013

Bay City, October 19, 2013


This event is made possible through funding from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority

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