The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) have partnered to explore how a model developed in Michigan for introducing preservation trades education can be promoted and replicated across the United States. Experts from a wide range of preservation trades organizations and educational institutions convened in the spring of 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. The goal of the summit was to bring together preservation education leaders from across the country who have experience in implementing preservation trades programs to share and document their knowledge and ideas. They reviewed the successful grassroots approach used at Detroit’s Randolph Career and Technical Center (CTC) to introduce students to the preservation trades. As a result of this meeting, MHPN developed this guide to show how preservation trades’ advocates could replicate the Michigan model in their communities. The guide reviews the steps taken in the initiation and implementation of the Randolph CTC Historic Preservation project.
In the fall of 2008, a second meeting was held during the National Trust for Historic Preservation national conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The purpose of that meeting was to develop strategies for promoting the initiative and marketing the guide. The guide is available for download here courtesy of MPHN and NCPPT.
In July of 2006, PTN/WMF held the first of a series of community based workshop in partnership with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association to restore flood-damaged buildings in the historic Holy Cross Neighborhood of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, for reoccupation and to provide property owners with practical, hands-on knowledge for restoring their homes. The workshop took place June 19-25th at the Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church. PTN members worked with the congregation and volunteers from the World Monuments Fund and the Nathan Cummings Foundation to make structural repairs and replace flood damaged wooden flooring.
In addition to the workshops, PTN and WMF have helped address the critical need for a continuing base of hands-on technical and practical assistance using a Mobile Preservation Unit and other community outreach efforts to meet with more than 75 individual home owners to provide specific practical repair recommendations. PTN has also developed “Brief Guide to Understanding Repairs to Historic Homes Damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Other Related Floods” written to address some of the most common questions including:
- Does the work on my house require a permit from the Landmarks Commission?
- What will it cost me to save my historic building?
- What do I remove and how do I remove it?
- How do I handle flood damage and mold?
- How do I stabilize and repair piers and foundations?
- How do I repair roofs and gutters, windows and doors?
- Where can I find more information and assistance?
David Mertz, Director of the Building Preservation Technology Program at Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and past chairman of the National Council for Preservation Education.
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