Fix, Don't Replace - The Shortage of Preservation Contractors


Most historic districts do not have access to enough people qualified to work on historic buildings, which often leads to the permanent loss of the irreplaceable. As the construction trades shortage continues nationwide, this session asks: What is happening in this area? What training is currently available? And, how can we find people and train them?

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 10:15 AM

Sharon Ferraro

Sharon Ferraro has been in love with old houses since her best friend's family bought an 1878 Eastlake and when she visited the Sand Hills Light Station in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. After working as a consultant for a few years, she accepted her dream job as the historic preservation coordinator in her hometown of Kalamazoo MI. In 2003, she co-founded the Old House Network devoted to teaching homeowners how to repair their old houses and when to hire the professionals. She has worked as a commission trainer for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and for NAPC. In January 2022 she retired from the city and now has time to restart the Old House Network and continue training commissions. And travel!

Nancy Finegood

Nancy Finegood, Preservation Partners Network

Bob Yapp

Bob, his wife Pat and their dogs George & Gracie live in Hannibal, Missouri. Their 1859 home is a brick Italianate mansion located it the Central Park, National Historic District. The home is headquarters for Bob’s school, The Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation as well as the Belvedere Inn Bed & Breakfast.In 1996 Bob started production of the national, weekly PBS program, About Your House with Bob Yapp. Bob was executive producer, writer and host for this National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored, 52 show series. Bob is the president of Preservation Resources, Inc. (PRI). PRI is a multi-tiered historic preservation consulting firm specializing in: social policy; neighborhood revitalization; historic preservation commission training; hands-on field training for contractors and historic building owners; Main Street training; creation of how-to preservation materials for print and web based training; creation of historic preservation design guidelines and ordinances; development of specifications for historic preservation rehabilitation projects. Bob is also a regular member of the Design Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. as well as a founding member of The National Window Preservation Standards Collaborative. He recently restored all the Cupola, Oxeye & Greenhouse windows at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Home. Bob’s first book, About Your House, was published by Bay Books in December 1997 and he is a co-author & co-editor of The National Window Preservation Standards published in 2013.

Dave Mertz

Dave Mertz, Director of the Building Preservation/Restoration Program at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, OH

Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers, Covington Restoration Trades School


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