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Historic Window Restoration, Identification, and Maintenance Workshop

Join us for a workshop in partnership with the Rutgers Preservation Program. 


Saturday, June 10, 2023


5:00am - 9:00am


Ohio House
4700 States Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

In partnership with the Rutgers Preservation Program, senior staff from the building conservation team at the Fairmount Park Conservancy will be sharing best practices for restoring and maintaining traditional wood windows. Anatomy of old window components, weatherization, product recommendations, lead paint capture, and how-to demonstrations will be shared from the viewpoint of preservation trades professionals. This workshop is meant to add clarity to common wood window issues, as well as the process and materials needed for each type of repair.

Audience: preservation students, design professionals, HARB members, contractors and old house owners. This workshop will also prove helpful to anyone evaluating window restoration contractors for an upcoming project.

Credits: .4 CEUs

Note: You do not need to be pursuing the Certificate in Historic Preservation to take this this workshop. But participants must pass the class or workshop if they want it to count toward the Certificate. Participants must attend the entirety of workshops to pass and receive CEUs.

TICKET PRICES: $55 (includes refreshments)

Instructor Bios:
Tom McPoyle joined the Fairmount Park Conservancy in 2006, excited to join a team where his love of preservation intertwined with his passion for art and the outdoors. As director of the Conservancy’s building conservation program since 2018, Tom values the holistic approach taken by the Fairmount Park Conservancy in historic preservation. Building conservation, capital project management, event programming and adaptive reuse programs administered by FPC work together to preserve and give new relevance to the historic sites in the park. Tom brings over 20 years of conservation experience to his role at the Conservancy. He has also been teaching preservation workshops to the community for over a decade and hopes to make preservation ideas and techniques more accessible to all Philadelphians. Tom was raised in central PA where he started his career in preservation working with a firm that specialized in historic decorative surfaces. He has a sculpture background and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. He enjoys working on his mid-19th century farmhouse, going on camping excursions and walking the nature trails in the Wissahickon Valley.

Andrew Staples started working with the Conservancy in 2016 through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s preservation apprenticeship program. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he spent five years working as a contractor in his father’s plumbing and heating business. Having been brought up around the trades, he developed a life-long interest in the history of building techniques and construction. Andrew is thrilled for the opportunity to work with Fairmount Park Conservancy’s talented conservation team on some of the city’s oldest buildings. He especially enjoys having the opportunity to directly engage with the work of earlier craftspeople. Andrew holds an MA in Archaeology of Buildings from the University of York in the UK.

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