Preserving the historic building

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Workshop to offer practical solutions for preserving and maintaining historic architecture 

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPS) will hold a workshop to explore the nuts and bolts of maintaining historic properties on June 20, at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 176 Riceville Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The morning session will feature a lecture and discussion. After lunch the workshop will move to the Smith-McDowell House Museum located at 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC, 28801.

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Speakers Reid Thomas and Jennifer Cathey of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will share more than 35 years of “lessons learned” assisting historic house museums and other heritage properties.

Thomas specializes in early building technology, historic paints, building conservation, and disaster planning and recovery. Cathey began her career in collections management at historic houses and museums including Biltmore and the North Carolina Museum of History, before transitioning into architectural history and preservation.

The fee includes a yearlong individual membership. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, interested parties should fill out the online form at form-all-workshops.pdf.

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) promotes the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures.

For further information, call Jeff Futch, regional supervisor of the Western Office, at 828-296-7230, ext. 222, or email

– article submitted by S.L. Norwood