Join Tampa Preservation, Inc. on April 14, 2012 for the 2nd annual FREE Historic Homes Workshop. The one day series of workshops offers tips and advice to owners of historic homes looking to restore their property including topics like Repairing Historic Wood Windows, Refinishing Wood Floors, Making Your Home More Energy Efficient, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Researching Your Home’s History, Painting Your Historic Home and Restoring Your Porch. This year the event takes place at the historic Seminole Heights United Methodist Church from 10 am to 4 pm.
The series of 12 workshops will run 3 at a time so you will have to plan accordingly. The schedule is posted below. Food will be available at the event site.
Track 1- 10:30-11:20
ROOM 1: Energy Efficiency in Historic Homes by Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed
ROOM 2: Researching Your Homes History by Lucy Jones of Cardno ENTRIX
ROOM 3: Painting to Preserve and Protect by Jett Tanner of the Tanner Paint Company
Track 2- 11:30-12:20
OUTSIDE: Repairing and Refinishing Wood Floors by Dennis Prieur of Through the Wood Fine Wood Floors
ROOM 1: Exterior Details by Alan Dobbs of Florida Design Studio
ROOM 2: Living in a Historic District by Dennis Fernandez of the City of Tampa, Historic Preservation
Track 3- 1:30-2:20
OUTSIDE: Built-ins and Trim by Brian Manne, Carpenter
ROOM 1: Florida Friendly Native Landscaping by Michael Manlowe of Twigs and Leaves
ROOM 2: Preservation: Past, Present and Future by Becky Clarke of Tampa Preservation, Inc.
Track 4- 2:30-3:20
OUTSIDE: Restoring Your Old Wood Windows by Steve Quilian of Wood Window Makeover
ROOM 2: Salvaged Wood / Goodwin Heart Pine by Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Heart Pine
ROOM 3: Lessons Learned / Illustrated Intro to the Secretary of Interior Standards by Kim & Richard Headland, Architects
When you think of historic buildings at risk, visions of heritage train stations, courthouses and other culturally significant buildings come to mind. And sadly, every day these magnificent structures do face the wrecking ball. But, on a smaller, but no less important scale, is the loss of pieces of our own neighborhood history, due to the lack of knowledge of their value and the lack of skill for their care. Wood windows, original flooring and built-in bookcases are demolished every day, destroying architectural features and beauty and reducing home values.
Tampa Preservation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization, established in 1973., is dedicated to the preservation of the historic structures and neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay area and Hillsborough County, and to the education of the area’s school children and residents about their unique heritage.
TPI’s Historic Home Workshops provide tips from over a dozen experts on how to save these historic materials. This
year’s event will be held at the Historic Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, 6111 N Central Ave on Saturday, April 14 10 am and end at 4 pm. This church, located on the southeast corner of Hanna and Central Avenues was built in 1927 and has its own story of revitalization. Admission to the workshop is free.
“Historic homeowners often wish to take a hands-on approach to restoring their houses. This workshop will offer
information on some of the skills required,” observes Becky Clarke, TPI President. “The homeowner who wishes to hire professionals will come away more educated on what is available and how to best utilize restoration experts.”
Kim and Richard Headland, two architects who own a bungalow in VM Ybor will talk about the mistakes that can be made in renovating an old house and how to rectify some of the worst horrors. Plenty of photographs and personal experience will lead attendees through some lesser known facts on how to restore a home in a manner that is historically appropriate and retains its value, while allowing for modern conveniences.
Other topics to be covered are landscaping, restoring wood windows and refinishing wood floors. Each will provide
information learned from the speakers’ many years of experience.
Last year’s premier event opened with a line of people standing out into the street. Attendees were enthusiastic about
applying what they learned. Their only complaint was that the venue was too small. We have remedied it this year. There will be space for all!
The event will start at 10 am and end at 4 pm. Three workshops will be presented every hour, with a break at for lunch and a chance to chat with the displayers and fellow attendees, and view historic photos from Steve and Mario of The Tampa Natives Show.
TPI is very pleased to have added a new Then and Now webpage featuring an exciting new project by Tampa native Bryan Weinstein. Bryan searches through the historic Burgert Brothers photograph collection for interesting shots of buildings, then locates the site and rephotographs it from the same vantage point and posts it on his beautiful Tampa Changing website. The photos are an interesting study in preservation and history; some properties have barely changed, while others are only barely recognizable after major renovations and additions.
Bryan has kindly allowed his collection to be fed into the TPI website, allowing you to see which photos he has recently rephotographed, and linking to the new images. Therefore you will be continually updated each time Bryan adds a new rephotograph to the collection. We look forward to seeing the evolution of Tampa through photos!
Bryan hopes the Tampa Changing project will become a collaborative effort, with volunteers helping to find suitable Burgert Brother photos in the Tampa-Hillsborough Library Collection, locating the place the photo was taken, and rephotographing the site. For more information on helping, see the Tampa Changing site.
Renew Tampa – A 3-day exploration of historic preservation, green design and good planning, takes place October 1st through 3rd at the historic Trolley Barn, 1910 N. Ola Avenue in Tampa Heights. An Expo, a film festival, demos and seminars, Ask an Architect and an interactive educational play area for the kids are just a few of the activities planned by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the second Renew Tampa event.
A highlight of Renew is Saturday’s keynote speech by Tom Murphy, former three-term mayor of Pittsburg, and a senior fellow at the national Urban Land Institute. Murphy will share his insight on how rail could affect Tampa’s future.
Renew Tampa will provide the public access to information and resources in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere,” said Gus Paras, architect and program founder. “Whether you are a home-owner who wants to “green” your home, or someone who wants to learn more about the future of our city, we will have seminars, films and professionals on hand as a resource.
Renew kicks off with a reception Friday evening, October 1st, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm featuring a preview of the expo and live jazz music. Tickets are $25. On Saturday, October 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm, the Renew Expo and Conference will feature 30 + exhibitors, seminars, films, demonstrations, opportunities to Ask an Architect, several rail-related exhibits and the children’s play area, all for only $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Sunday, October 3rd, 1 pm to 5 pm, the Tampa Heights Civic Association will hold their Tour of Homes. Tickets for the home tour are $8 advance or $10 day of. Combo tickets for the expo and tour are available for $15 advance or $20 after October 1.
More information and tickets are available at www.renewtampa.com, or by calling 813-229-3411.
Summary of Event Dates and Times
Renew Preview Kick-off Party featuring the Blake High Jazz Ensemble
Friday, October 1st from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Trolley Barn, $25 per person.
Renew Extravaganza (Expo/ Workshops/ Seminars/Films/Keynote Speech)
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Trolley Barn, $8 in advance / $10 at the door / children under 12 Free.
Tampa Heights Home Tour by the Tampa Heights Civic Association
Sunday, October 3rd, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Combo Tickets for Renew Extravaganza and Heights Tour
$15 advance / $20 at the door
About Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy, the former mayor of Pittsburgh, specializes in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues. Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space.
About AIA Tampa Bay
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional association for architects and those in the architecture field. AIA Tampa Bay is the regional chapter representing approximately 650 members in west central Florida. The AIA provides programs and services including educational programs, design competitions, community service programs and serves as the united voice of the architecture profession. The regional chapter office is located at 200 N. Tampa Street, ste. 100 in downtown Tampa.
About the Film Festival
Six different short films about Tampa’s history and architecture will be shown throughout the day. The films cover the history of Tampa Bay, Florida Southern College’s campus, which contains the world’s largest single site collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; documentaries on historic Hyde Park and their beautiful bungalows, as well as a film about historic Seminole Heights. Titles include “History of Tampa Bay”, “Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings on the Campus of Florida Southern College”, “Photographs & Memories: A Hyde Park Reflection”, “Celebrate the Bungalow: Hyde Park”, “Seminole Heights – An Intimate Look at the Early Years”
About the Historic Venue
RENEW TAMPA will be held in the soon-to-be restored historic Trolley Barn Building located at 1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The 1911 building, which is a local historical landmark, was the trolley barn for the Tampa Electric Company, which operated the Tampa Electric Street and Railway Company.
The electric streetcar ran in Tampa from 1892 through 1946. The building is the last historic streetcar barn in the Tampa Bay area, and one of the few remaining in the country. Transportation exhibits will explore the present day plans for high speed rail and local rail systems and one of the original trolleys from Tampa’s original trolley system will be on display.
Ever wish you knew what a historic house or building looked like when it was first built? Thanks to the Burgert Brothers, you have a chance of finding out without tracking down relatives of the building’s early owners in search of old photos.
The Burgerts were three generations of photographers who captured Tampa images from the 1880s until the 1960s. The photograph legacy they provided gives insight into the people, places and events that made Tampa unique among Florida cities. Roughly 15,000 Burgert Brothers photographs are available at the main Tampa branch of the Hillsborough County Library, with most also available online. While primarily professionally commissioned work for businesses, you may find a photo of your historic home among the collection since homeowners and builders did use their services.
An interesting history of the Burgert Brothers family and business can be found online at http://www.tampapix.com/burgert.htm complete with many of their interesting photographs.