Historic House Workshops at Stan Hywet

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I am lucky enough to live here in Akron, home of Stan Hywet Hall, one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. Built in netween 1912 and 1915 by F. A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear, it's a National Historic Landmark and has been wonderfully maintained as a tribute to the great era of the city's "Rubber Barons."

While I will be sure to go into more detail regarding this wonderful house--influenced by well-known English homes such as Compton Wynyates, Ockwells and Haddon Hall--I wanted to note the series of five workshops they are offering during 2009, each of which is designed to educate and engage the historic building enthusiast. Designed for professionals as well as owners of historic homes, the series meets from 10 am – 12 noon every other Saturday beginning February 21. Each workshop includes a question-and-answer session so that participants can ask more specific questions related to their own concerns and interests.

This series of workshops is a collaboration between Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, The Cleveland Restoration Society and Progress Through Preservation; classes are $25 per session or $100 for the entire five-part series. To register, contact Chrissy Kozey by phone at 330-315-3261 or by email: ckozey@stanhywet.org. Early registration is recommended as space is limited. The workshops are as follows:

February 21
Restoring or Designing Your Historic Garden
Gloria J. Schreiber, Instructor
This workshop will give homeowners of historic houses the steps for researching their period
garden’s history as well as the ideas to create a new one.

March 7
Going Green in Historic Houses
Sarah Hobbs
This program outlines the simple ways that owners of older homes can think green.

March 21
The American Home Interior: Treatment and Transformation
Kerry Adams, Instructor
This class explores the ever-evolving American interior from the 1850s to the 1950s. This workshop is followed by a Decorative Arts Tour of the Manor House.

April 4
Interior Painting
Sarah Hobbs, Instructor
This class explores the various trends in historic painting, and looks at different types of paints and finishes. This workshop is followed by a tour of painting restoration projects in the Manor House.

April 18
Ask the Contractor: Planning a Rehab
Our panel of experts answers all your questions about planning a rehab of your home, finding a contractor, planning a budget and more.

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