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PHLF: Remodeling for First Time Home Owners

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Join us for a workshop on how to plan a construction project in your home from concept through design and planning, to construction. This workshop will give you an overview of the general phases of a construction project; what to measure and what to expect.

About the Presenter

Ian Miller has been a general contractor since 2003, with projects ranging from changing a doorknob to building a $1.5 million house for 15 retired nuns. He is the owner of Zambano & Sons, a residential remodeling company, as well as partner in the HL2M Group, a design/build firm focused primarily on modular and shipping container construction. Ian and his family live in a 100-year-old house in Friendship.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

PHLF: Exterior Woodwork Maintenance and Repair

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, February 16th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this workshop, we focus on how to maintain and repair the exterior woodwork of your house, and also discuss which products and techniques are best to use for such a house project.

About the Presenter

Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

PHLF: Modern Retrofits for Old Houses

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, January 19th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

This workshop will focus on discussion of the various house restoration items on the market that can be used to update the convenience of an older house while preserving its character and style. We will touch on topics like air conditioning, plumbing fixtures, doors and windows and kitchens.

About the Presenter

Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

PHLF: Researching Your House History

Do you live in an old house? Ever wondered about the people who built it, and the lives that unfolded there before you? Find out about the people who influenced the spaces in which your life takes place, and discover how your house fits within the history and evolution of the surrounding neighborhood and the city.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday June 9th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this lecture, Kelley Stroup will discuss methods and sources that can be used to discover both the construction and personal history of a house. Included will be discussion of chain of title, historical documents and directories, maps, and public records searches, which help people tell the stories of their houses.

About the Presenter

Kelley Stroup is the founder and principal of House/Story, a historical research firm that specializes in chronicling house histories. Long fascinated by history and the built environment, Kelley nurtured her love of architecture and history in college, and received her BA in historic preservation from Mary Washington College. She also holds an MA in historic preservation and an MFA in architectural history from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

This lecture is free to PHLF members. Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

Workshop: Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, May 26, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying forms of gardening. Vegetable gardening provides the opportunity to select varieties you like, plus it provides your family with fresh produce that is free from harmful pesticides. This class will cover the basics of planning your vegetable garden, preparing the soil, selecting plant and seed varieties (including hybrids and heirlooms), starting plants from seed, planting, tending your plants, troubleshooting problems, extending the season, and getting the most out of small plots.

About the presenter: Martha Swiss is a garden writer, designer, and speaker. She is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Gardener magazine and the publications editor for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Her articles have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fine Gardening. She is a graduate of Chatham University’s landscape design program and a Penn State master gardener.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Lecture: Transit as a Development Tool

Thursday, May 19, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Nationwide, people are driving less and taking more about transit.  It’s not a fluke – it’s now a 10-year-long trend. Why?  And, more importantly, what does it mean to the historic preservation movement and community development?  In this lecture, we’ll explore the huge shift in national transportation trends, their positive urban revitalization impacts, Pittsburgh-area development and the streetcar, its implications for our neighborhoods’ continual rebirth today, and how both everyone from DIY-ers and large-scale investors can identify and capitalize on quality transit assets.

About the presenter: Chris Sandvig is the regional policy director for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). He works on regional and state issues impacting PCRG’s member communities and manages its GoBurgh program. He is a long-time transit advocate, Morningside resident, and commutes to work via bike or bus almost every day. Prior to PCRG, Chris spent nine years in corporate business development for industrial and commercial engineered HVAC systems. He holds Industrial Engineering and Public Policy degrees from Penn State and Carnegie Mellon University.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Free Downtown Walking Tours – Fridays in May

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

With its concentration of major historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, Grant Street is downtown Pittsburgh’s showcase thoroughfare. You’ll explore some of Pittsburgh’s grandest buildings—the Allegheny County Courthouse, City-County Building, Frick Building, Union Trust Building, and William Penn Hotel, among others—and enjoy views from two urban spaces: Mellon Green and Mellon Square. Grant Street is rich in history and full of architectural details that delight the eye.

Grant Street & Mellon Square

Advanced bookings are appreciated. For more information or to make reservations, contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Deck Construction (Part II): Decking and Handrails

Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Decking and Handrails are the visible parts of a deck that make the deck beautiful.  In this second part of the Deck Construction workshop, students will learn about types of decking, tools for installation, and how to build handrails and stairs.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation.  He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program.  He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999.  Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Deck Construction (Part I): Framing

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Decks provide outdoor living spaces that are great for barbecues, gatherings, or some quiet book reading in the fresh air.  It is essential that best practices in construction are used to build a safe deck.  In this workshop, students will learn the procedures to build a deck that meets building code regulations and provides a safe outdoor space.  Students will learn about deck layout, footers, setting posts and girders, and framing the deck.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation.  He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program.  He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999.  Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

DIY Workshop: Wood Flooring Essentials

Thursday, April 23, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Natural wood adds beauty to a home that laminates cannot match.  Solid wood and engineered wood flooring are available in many varieties and are prefinished, making their installation doable for the DIYer.  In this workshop, students will learn about the materials of solid wood and engineered wood flooring, how to estimate material, tools for installation, and how to install wood flooring.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation.  He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program.  He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999.  Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527