Ohio building doctors make house calls


COLUMBUS – The Ohio Historical Society’s Building Doctors will hold clinics in Wooster May 2-3; Urbana May 16-17; Oxford June 20-21; Lakeside July 18-19; Carrollton Aug. 8-9; Waynesville Sept. 12-13; and Newark Oct. 3-4, 2002.

The “doctors” work in teams, teaching old-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.

Call to register. The clinics are free. To register for one in your area, or for details, call toll free 1-800-499-2470.

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.

Free consultations. On the following day, the Building Doctors make the rounds of ailing buildings within five miles of the host community to examine problems and prescribe cures.

Their consultations are free, however you must ask for an appointment with the Building Doctor when you register and attend the free seminar to qualify.

The Building Doctors examine all kinds of older buildings – houses, stores, churches, schools, barns and other farm buildings, and even factories. 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.

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