Hands-on Workshops

Go a little deeper into the subject matter by joining us for one of these two-day, in-depth sessions taking place Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4. You'll enjoy great camaraderie as you expand your knowledge. Conference registration is not required and workshop participants will enjoy a special reception on Wednesday evening.

Traditional Masonry Practice and New Approaches to Preservation Education [WS1]

This two-day workshop will present new studies on Charleston’s Old City Jail, including research about the jail building phases, the materials used in its construction, present issues due to these materials failing and analysis of these materials, presented by well-known figures from both APT and PTN in the masonry field. You'll develop your understanding of the characteristics and challenges of a range of masonry materials and proper techniques for applying these materials, how the interaction of iron can affect a masonry structure and its conservation, and how the findings from the recent material analysis impact the application of masonry materials on this building. You will also learn about the development of a new approach to preservation/construction education that not only integrates a liberal arts curriculum with the Building Arts but also works collaboratively with national preservation practioners and companies to train a new generation of craftspeople in the building arts. The workshop will include a mixture of lectures, discussion and demonstrations.

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What’s Wrong With my Windows? Care and Conservation of Historic Glazing [WS2]

NOTE: This two-day workshop will take place at the Savannah Technical College. Transportation will be provided from Charleston to Savannah (about a two-hour trip) and overnight accommodations are available for APT in Savannah.Participants should plan to depart from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport late on October 3 or early on October 4.

Many of our significant architectural buildings are glazed with leaded and decorative stained glass, from historic homes to monumental cathedrals. Stained & decorative glass windows are unique in that they are part of the exterior and interior of the buildings in which they are installed. These windows are often subjected to the forces of climate, time, inherent vice and vandalism. It is imperative that we preserve these fragile great works and of art for cultural, artistic and historical reasons. This two-day workshop will define what leaded & decorative stained glass is, and aims to develop your understanding of what can go wrong with them and the most appropriate means and methods to employ for their conservation and preservation. Participants will take a bus to Savannah. In addition to hands-on work, participants will perform a conditional assessment on the windows of a local historic church.

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If These Walls Could Talk: Examining Historic Decorative Finishes at the Aiken-Rhett House [WS3]

Through an interdisciplinary approach, this workshop will examine period wall surfaces to better understand nineteenth-century craft practices and technologies as well as conceptions of refinement, patterns of consumption, and decorative preferences. We will explore the topic via lectures, demonstrations, and on-site discussions of historic surfaces at the Aiken-Rhett House, a property owned and operated by Historic Charleston Foundation. Because of the Foundation’s unique approach to preserving original surfaces rather than restoring them, period finishes and wallpapers—from the mid-nineteenth to twentieth centuries—have survived throughout the main house and outbuildings at this site. With a comprehensive understanding gained through our discussions, the Aiken-Rhett House and outbuildings will serve as a living laboratory and excellent location for demonstrations regarding period wall finishes and decorative treatments.

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