Ohio’s building doctors schedule house calls

COLUMBUS – The clinics will be open and the doctors will be in, but the patients won’t be there. The doctors will be making follow-up housecall rounds to prescribe the cure.

The Ohio Historical Society will make its building doctors available for eight clinics for old-building owners during 2001.

The ‘doctors’ work in teams, teaching building owners how to recognize and solve some of the most common sources of problems in maintaining older buildings, and how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements. The clinics are free.

Clinics are planned to be offered:

* April 26, Preble County Fine Arts Center, 801 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton;

* May 17, Medina County District Library, 310 S. Broadway, Medina;

* May 31, Elson Hall Auditorium at Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd., Zanesville;

* June 14, First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London;

* July 19, Chardon Municipal Center, 111 Water St., Chardon;

* Aug. 16, Faith Bible Church of Bellevue, 400 Southwest St., Bellevue ;

* Sept. 13, Fort Ball Room of the Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay St., Tiffin;

* Oct. 11, Chargin Falls Town Hall;, 83 N. Main St., Chargin Falls.

Each clinic begins with a free seminar on topics like roof repair, window repair and replacement, alterations and additions, and bringing buildings built before 1950 up to date without sacrificing the features which give them character and appeal.

On the following day, the building doctors will make rounds of ailing buildings within five miles of the host community to examine problems and prescribe cures.

Their consultations are free, however, they are available only to those who attend the seminar and make an appointment at the time of registration.

‘We examine all kinds of older buildings – houses, stores, churches, schools, barns and other farm buildings, even factories,” said building doctor Martha Raymond of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

“Some of the things that typically call for a visit are persistent peeling paint or flaking plaster, a wet basement, deteriorating masonry, and plans for remodeling or additions.”

The program is a service of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio’s official historic preservation agency.

Housed at the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office 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, and consults on the conservation of older buildings and sites

To register for one of the building doctor seminars or call 800-499-2470.

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