Preservation Skills Workshop


Target Audience: 

DOI maintenance employees  

Summary and Objectives: 

The class will provide basic skills and knowledge to maintain historic buildings. The course will focus on the roles of historic materials, the importance of material compatibility, and the correct methods for successfully cleaning and repairing historic buildings according to the Department of the Interior standards. Sessions include topics such as: how to determine the appropriate preservation method, identify and select appropriate materials to include: masonry, wood and paint deterioration and repair. Participants will study treatment techniques and then practice specific skills in hands-on sessions on a historic building preservation project.  

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:  

  • Apply the techniques and philosophy learned in the workshop to their work on historic structures. 
  • Demonstrate, through a variety of means, an increased understanding of and sensitivity to historic preservation in their daily work. 
  • Identify sources of information, both general and specific, that can assist maintenance staffs in determining appropriate treatments for historic structures. 
  • Provide better understanding of the difference associated with maintenance of historic assets compared to non-historic assets.
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