The Historic Homes Workshop holds its 8th annual event February 19th- 21st and 27th at the Wood Window Makeover campus located at 1706 W. Cypress St, 33606. Dozens of old house professionals from across the nation converge and unite to empower the next generation of old house lovers. With over 80,000 buildings in the Tampa Bay area that are historic/vintage/old, there’s 80,000 reasons to come to the Historic Homes Workshop. More information is available at woodwindowmakeover.com/historic-homes-workshop.com, or contact Steve Quillian at 813-404-6498.
The workshop begins Friday, February 19 at 6:00 pm with a catered kick-off party, complete with live music. Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 am, the Historic Homes Workshop showcases “how to” sessions with the professionals. Some of the sessions, such as “Starting Your Own Preservation Business” by best-selling author and preservation contractor, Scott Sidler of Austin Home Restorations in Orlando and “The Preservation Mindset” by Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed in Brooksville are geared to encourage and empower the next generation to get involved in preserving old buildings. Other sessions, such as “Stained Glass Repairs” by Joe Cannata of Hyde Park Art Glass in Tampa and “Repairing Wood Floors” by Dennis Prieur of Through the Woods Fine Floors in Tampa, offer practical information on materials and methods.
The Historic Homes Workshop’s main draw however has become the “Hands-On” element that begins Sunday morning, February 21st at 8:00am at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church in Tampa. Historic Window Preservation Professionals from as far away as New Hampshire and Maine and as close as Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville are coming together to donate their time and skills to teach participants how to bring old windows back to life, by actually restoring the windows on the church building. Last year the workshop was able to donate over $15,000 worth of window restoration services to Habitat for Humanity Pinellas.
This year the workshop is pushing to donate over $20,000. All efforts and money raised through the workshop go toward the Church’s window restoration fund. Bill Hunter, secretary of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association said about the 2015 Historic Homes Workshop, “I enjoyed your window event very much. It was a great experience and I learned a great deal. Please let me know of any future ones like it.” The hands-on portion of the Historic Homes Workshop concludes on Saturday, February 27th at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church with participants completing the window restoration started the previous weekend.
The goal of the Historic Homes Workshop has always been to empower those who love old buildings with knowledge of materials and methods they need to care for their buildings. With 80,000 historic/vintage/old buildings in the Tampa Bay area alone, a new goal of empowering and equipping the next generation of those who love old buildings has begun. Steve Quillian, founder of Wood Window Makeover and the Historic Homes Workshop, has made it his personal goal for each historic neighborhood to have a competent historic window restorer of its own.
Quick Facts about the Historic Homes Workshop:
- This is the 8th Annual Historic Homes Workshop
- February 19-21, 27, 2016
- 16 Useful workshop sessions on Saturday, Feb 20
- Hands on workshop Sunday, Feb 21 and Saturday, Feb 27
- Donated over $15,000 last year and possibly $20,000 this year
- Professionals from across the United States contribute
- People from as far away as Canada come to attend