Historic Resources

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Wood Window Workshop

The 2020 Wood Window Workshop has been postponed to 2021. 

Date and time TBD.  


Call for Applicants and Nominations - Wood Window Workshop 2020

The AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee will be hosting our 3rd annual Wood Window Workshop in March of 2020, and we're looking for double-hung wood windows to restore!  We are accepting applications and nominations of buildings to host the workshop, which will take place on a weekend in March 2020.  The exact date will be coordinated following the building selection process. The past two AIA Houston Wood Window Workshops took place at 1548 Heights church, a City of Houston Protected Landmark, during a two-day weekend event.  Each event hosted over 30 registered attendees, ranging from AIA members, architects, engineers and community members and several double-hung wood windows of the building were restored.

Please read the eligibility requirements. The building that hosts the workshop will have many of its windows restored by workshop participants, free of charge to the building owner. The recommended contribution by the building owner is breakfast and/or lunch on Saturday and Sunday of the workshop for approximately 45 volunteers and participants. The workshop will be led by Steve Quillian, respected preservationist and craftsman, who hosted the past two AIA Houston Wood Window Workshops. For more on Steve's work see below.  


Deadline: All nominations must be submitted by 5pm on November 8, 2019

Click here to download the submission guidelines and a detailed description of the program.


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”. 

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.

Registration will open early 2020.  


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.”

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