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Building Doctors to make rounds in Richfield

7/10/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

RICHFIELD — Building Doctors will be in the Richfield area July 17-18, bringing a Thursday seminar followed by consultations with owners of old buildings the next day.

Richfield Historical Society, Richfield Town Trust, The Taverne of Richfield and the Ohio History Connection are sponsoring the two-day Building Doctor Clinic.

The clinic will feature Building Doctors Rachel Krause and Richard Jarvis of the Ohio History Connection, beginning with a free seminar July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Historical Museum of Richfield, located at 3907 Broadview Road. Open to all old-building owners in the area, the seminar will feature guidelines for renovation projects and ways to solve some of the most common problems of buildings dating from 1800 to 1955.

On July 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Building Doctors will visit pre-1955 buildings within 5 miles of Richfield by appointment, advising owners on specific technical or design problems. The ‘doctors’ examine all kinds of older buildings, according to clinic organizers. Some of the things that typically call for an on-site examination include persistent peeling paint or flaking plaster, a wet basement, deteriorating masonry and plans for remodeling, additions or demolitions, according to organizers.

Krause and Jarvis are technical preservation services managers for the Ohio History Connection’s Historic Preservation Office.

Krause has an associate degree from Belmont Technical College’s Building Preservation and Restoration program and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Cincinnati. She reviews applications for federal and state rehabilitation tax credits.

Jarvis has a master’s degree in conservation of historic buildings from The University of York, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from High Point University and an associate degree in architectural technology from Guilford Technical Community College. He reviews applications for federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The seminar and on-site consultations are free with advance registration. To register, visit www.building-doctor.org or call 800-499-2470 or 614-298-2000. For details, contact Karen Smik at 330-659-4750 or kls1650@roadrunner.com.

The Building Doctor program is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Ohio History Connection. Clinics are made possible by support from local co-sponsors, as well.

The Ohio History Connection’s Historic Preservation Office is Ohio’s official historic preservation agency. It identifies historic places in Ohio, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural and archaeological resources in Ohio, consults on conservation of older buildings and sites and offers educational programs and publications.

For a list of Dos and Don’ts from the Building Doctor program, see “Prescriptions from Building Doctors” at www.akron.com.


Ariel Hakim contributed to this report.

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