Building doctors making house calls

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CARROLLTON, Ohio – The Carroll County Historical Society and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office will sponsor a Building Doctor Clinic for old-building owners in the Carrollton, Ohio, area Aug. 8-9.

The clinic features building doctors Martha Raymond and Judith Kitchen of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. It begins with a free seminar Aug. 8, from 7-9 p.m. in the Algonquin Mill Dining Hall, 234 Autumn Rd. S.W., Carrollton.

About the seminar. 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 1950.

On Aug. 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Raymond and Kitchen will be available to visit pre-1950 buildings within five miles of Carrollton, advising owners on specific technical or design problems by appointment. The on-site consultations are free.

The ‘doctors’ examine all kinds of older buildings. 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.

About the experts. Raymond heads the Technical Preservation Services Department of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, which advises on care of older buildings and aids Ohioans in obtaining a Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit available to owners of income-producing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kitchen holds degrees in architecture, architectural history, and business administration from the University of Virginia and The Ohio State University.

As technical preservation services manager for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, she reviews applications for a federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit and provides design assistance to Ohio’s Main Street communities.

Call to register. The seminar and visits from the Building Doctors are free, but advance registration is required. To register call toll free 1-800-499-2470. For more information call Tom Konst 330-627-2250 or 330-627-4368.

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