Greenhorns' Historic Preservation Weekend Workshop in Downeast Maine, August 14-15

22 Jul 2021 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Join Les Fossel of Old House Restoration, Jonathan Hall of Maine Preservation, and the Greenhorns team for a weekend intensive workshop to learn traditional skills and methods of historic preservation in Pembroke, ME. Washington County has some of the finest 18th and 19th century architecture on the Atlantic seaboard, much of it imperiled by our cold winters, shrinking population and thin economic base. The civic buildings, churches and halls of Downeast were built during the age of sail, lumber, ship building and early industrial development of our rivers. Now the rivers are being restored—but what about the buildings! There is a critical need for farmers and skilled tradespersons in Washington County. With the rest of the Atlantic coast increasingly out of reach, this is a place where a person willing to swing a hammer can actually get some equity going! This is the topic of a strategic session on historic preservation, led by Les, a tireless advocate of the practice and one of New England's foremost preservation contractors. Join us for walkabouts, networking lunches, and skill-building hands-on workshops as we contend with the reality all around us, including the 1896-built Oddfellows Hall, now "Reversing Hall", that is the home of Greenhorns. We will visit other great buildings, talk about triage and approaches, review the existing learning opportunities, and bust out the hammers ourselves. Meals provided by Smithereen Farm, donations appreciated. For more information contact or 603 381 1115. Sign up here

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