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


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This exciting wood window workshop will be led by a respected preservationist and craftsman, Steve Quillian. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, participants will learn about the basics behind window restoration methods, including various skills needed to confidently repair and maintain wood windows. Attendees can choose to attend the “Basics Workshop” or the “MicroSkills Workshop”. Space is limited! Early Registration through March 12.

Basics Workshop (Saturday only): The workshop focuses on what's known as the Mechanical Makeover, beginning with an introduction and demonstration on a double-hung window to explain the various parts and processes. Participants will then be guided through hands-on experience to understand the basics of getting a window working again. These basics will introduce both tools and concepts necessary to disassemble, replace sash rope, reconnect the weights and reassemble the window so that it functions properly from the foundation to every other aspect of window restoration.

MicroSkills Workshop (Saturday and Sunday): In addition to attending the Basics Workshop on Saturday, participants will be introduced to the tools and MicroSkills of window restoration on Sunday. These include proper tools and techniques window restorers use to quickly strip sash to bare wood and remove the glass with minimal breakage. Participants will be shown how to safely cut glass, bed and reglaze a sash. Participants will learn various other MicroSkills as each window's context determines and 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 Steve: Steve Quillian is the founder and CEO of Wood Window Makeover and has over 25 years of experience working with historic buildings and well over a decade of exclusively restoring windows and teaching workshops throughout the United States. His passion and vision for community, connection, historic preservation and excellence in craftsmanship has been a catalyst for homeowners and historical organizations to connect and preserve. Steve is also the founder of the Historic Home Workshop where he teaches window restoration techniques to people from around the country, using needy historic properties as venues. Whether you are an architect, homeowners or contractor, he wants you to understand that it’s not expensive to get started, “I believe it’s a heck of a lot easier than people imagine,” he said. “My mission is to empower them.”

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