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Building Doctors making house calls in Richfield

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

RICHFIELD — The Ohio Historical Society’s Building Doctors will hold a clinic July 17-18. Sponsored by the Richfield Historical Society, Richfield Town Trust and Taverne of Richfield, this is one of six clinics taking place throughout the state during 2014.

The “doctors” work in teams, teaching the owners of old buildings how to recognize and solve some of the most common sources of problems in maintaining older structures, as well as how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements.

There will be a free seminar at the Historical Museum of Richfield, 3907 Broadview Road, July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m., which will cover topics like peeling paint, failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, window repair, damaged wood and bringing buildings built before 1955 up to date without sacrificing historic integrity. The lecture will be followed by questions and answers. Advance registration is required (and is mandatory if requesting a site visit). Walk-ins that night (for the seminar only) will be accepted if there is available seating.

On July 18, the Building Doctors will make the rounds of ailing buildings within a 5-mile radius of the center of town to examine problems and prescribe cures. Building Doctors cannot answer questions on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, plumbing, electrical or serious structural issues. Their consultations are free, but they are limited to 10 sites. The Building Doctors will visit pre-1955 buildings including schools, churches, factories, stores, offices, farm buildings and homes. Those selected for a site visit will be contacted sometime during the week prior to the clinic to set up a time, which will fall between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

To register for the July 17 seminar (and for a July 18 “house call” if interested), call 800-499-2470 or go to www.ohiohistory.org and click on “Ohio Historic Preservation Office” then “Building Doctor.” In addition, information brochures are available at Countryside Florist, Historical Museum of Richfield, Richfield Auto Center, Richfield Branch Library and Somerville Antiques. The deadline for registration is July 10. For additional information, call Karen at 330-659-4750.

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