NC Preservation Consortium Offers Course: Preserving Historic Homes

Preserving the Historic House: Best Practices for Building Maintenance

Sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC)
Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
September 27, 2014, 9 AM -4 PM 

A registration form is available on the NCPC web site

Identifying and prioritizing building maintenance needs is a critical component for historic house preservation.  Protecting the building and the artifacts within can be accomplished with strategic planning.  Topics covered in this workshop include anintroduction to historic house materials as well as best practices for documentation, assessment, maintenance, and disaster planning.  Guidelines for environmental control, security, and fire suppression systems will also be addressed.  This workshop combines a morning lecture and discussion session with an afternoon field experience at a historic site for hands-on building analysis.   

Prior to starting Fearnbach History Services, Inc., a firm offering historic resource research, documentation, analysis, and management services, president and owner Heather Fearnbach served as an architectural historian for Edwards-Pitman Environmental, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the division of Historic Sites and Properties of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.  She has worked throughout North Carolina, successfully completing historic architectural surveys and reports for transportation projects; municipal and county architectural surveys; and numerous nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, North Carolina Study List applications, local historic designation reports, and rehabilitation tax credit applications.  Ms. Fearnbach also serves as a lecturer in the Art and Design Department and the coordinator of the Historic Preservation Certificate program at Salem College.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for staff and volunteers responsible for preserving historic houses and other heritage architecture; faculty and students in historic preservation, public history, museum studies, and allied fields; and historic property owners.  No prior training or experience is required.

Please contact the instructor via email at if you would like to request that a particular historic building maintenance topic or challenge related to a specific site be addressed.

Salem College will host the morning session, meeting in the Single Sisters’ House Saal (second floor, south end) at 627 South Church Street in Winston-Salem.  The campus is located in a historic Moravian town.  Parking is available in designated locations in town and in Salem College’s Fine Arts Center parking lot, which is accessed from Salem Avenue.  See campus map at:  The afternoon session will be held at a historic house in Forsyth County for a hands-on building analysis.

The registration fee for this workshop is $50 for employees of NCPC member institutions and individual NCPC members, and $75 for non-members.  The $75 fee includes a year-long individual membership.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  A registration form is available on the NCPC web site in the Events section.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
This program may be cancelled due to low registration or other causes beyond our control, such as severe weather.  In such an event, registrants will be notified and fees refunded.  Otherwise, registration fees are nonrefundable.  Substitution of staff from your institution is permitted.

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