Wood Window Workshop 2021

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October 2, 2021
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Project Row Houses
2521 Holman Street
Houston, TX

Brought to you by the Historic Resources


Date: October 2 & 3, 2021

Location: Project Row Houses


This exciting wood window workshop will be led by Bill Robinson,  a nationally recognized consultant, author, and trainer with over 30 years of residential construction experience. He specializes in issues of building performance, hazard damage assessment and repair, moisture intrusion, moisture leak detection and best-building practices. He spends most of his time training and consulting on efficient and effective ways to restore wood windows, so they are beautiful, functional and energy efficient.Attendees can choose to attend the “Basics Workshop” or the “MicroSkills Workshop”. Space is limited! 

Basics Workshop (Saturday only): The workshop focuses on making windows operable, beginning with an introduction and demonstration on a double-hung window to explain the naming and function of various parts and the operation of a restored window sash. A discussion of working on homes built before 1978 and the lead hazards of working on these homes will start the session. Participants will  be shown how to free windows that are painted or caulked shut, how to remove a sash from the window frame, and what steps are necessary to make a plan to restore and reinstall the sash. These basics will introduce both tools and concepts necessary to disassemble, replace sash rope, reconnect the weights and reinstall a restored sash.

Hands-On Workshop (Saturday and Sunday): In addition to attending the Basics Workshop on Saturday, participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques of durable window restoration on Sunday. These include proper tools and techniques to quickly strip sash of loose and flaky paint, how to identify necessary wood repairs, and to remove the glass with minimal breakage. Attendees will be shown how to safely cut glass, bed and reglaze a sash. Other detailed restoration methods including weather-stripping wood windows for improved comfort and energy efficiency will be shown as time allows.

Registration is non-refundable but is transferable. Work clothes and closed-toe shoes are required. Safety equipment will be provided. Lunch is included with your registration fee.

About Bill: Bill Robinson, based in New Orleans, provides training and consulting services in the hot/humid Gulf Coast area and beyond. Bill’s focus is on the building envelope, using building science concepts. He guides architects, contractors, and homeowners in proven practices for building and rebuilding durable, efficient, and healthy homes. Historic cities like New Orleans are notable for the architectural historic districts populated by old homes with wood windows. In consideration for the guidelines of historic districts that seek to avoid replacing old wood windows with new vinyl windows, Bill has worked with others to develop a set of details for weatherstripping and restoring existing wood windows. Bill’s previous company, 504 historicwindows, provided weatherstripping and restoration to several homes and condos in the New Orleans area to great success and customer satisfaction. Bill now uses his time for training and consulting on efficient and effective ways to restore wood windows so they are beautiful, functional and energy efficient.

About the Venue: Project Row Houses is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. We engage neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities.

Project Row Houses occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Although PRH’s African-American roots are planted deeply in Third Ward, the work of PRH extends far beyond the borders of a neighborhood in transition. The Project Row Houses model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.


This workshop is being hosted by the AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee. During this workshop, the committee hopes to bring together architects, homeowners, contractors and community members to learn skills and promote the value of wood window restoration.

7.0 AIA HSW Credits / Saturday

7.0 AIA HSW Credits / Sunday