Historic Resources

This committee meets the second Wednesday of the month at Stantec Architecture

Wood Window Workshop

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.

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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.”

Wood Window Makeover Website

About the Venue: The event will take place at The Church at 1548 Heights at 1548 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX. The building was designed by Alfred C. Finn in the Neoclassical style and constructed in 1924. It is designated a City of Houston Protected Landmark and located within the Houston Heights East Historic District. Beginning forty years ago, the building fell into disrepair. However, for the past two years, the membership has been increasing and is focused on the process of restoration. This workshop will directly assist in the repair of some of the building’s double-hung windows.

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.

 

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