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Ohio's Building Doctors Make House Calls

Building Doctors Hold Eight Clinics in 2012
The Ohio Historical Society's Building Doctors will hold clinics in Norwalk, Steubenville, Columbus, Portsmouth, Mansfield, Somerset, Gahanna, and Montgomery.

Call 800-499-2470 to register for a clinic today. Click here to Register Online!

The "doctors" work in teams, teaching old-building owners how to recognize and solve some of the most common sources of problems in maintaining older buildings, and how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements.

Each Building Doctor clinic begins with a free seminar on topics like peeling paint and failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, windows, wood issues, and bringing buildings built before 1955 up to date without sacrificing historic integrity.

On the following day, the Building Doctors make the rounds of ailing buildings within five miles of the city center where the seminar is held to examine problems and prescribe cures. Their consultations are free, however they are limited and you must ask for an appointment with the Building Doctor when you register for the clinic in advance, and attend the free seminar to qualify. The Building Doctors visit all kinds of pre-1955 buildings: schools, churches, factories, stores, offices farmbuildings, and homes. You'll be contacted in advance of the visit to set up an appointment.

2012 Building Doctor Clinic Schedule

April 19–20, 2012
Seminar Thursday, April 19
7:00 p.m. / Laning Young Building, 9 Case Ave., Norwalk
Consultations Friday, April 20
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Main Street Norwalk
Firelands Historical Society and Norwalk Economic Development Corporation
Kristie Wert, (419) 660-8696, or

May 3-4, 2012
Seminar Thursday, May 3
7:00 p.m. / Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 South Third St., Steubenville
Consultations Friday, May 4
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Steubenville Historic Landmarks Commission, Steubenville Revitalization Group, Historic Fort Steuben,
and the Grand Theater Restoration Project
Christopher J. Petrossi, (740) 283-6000 ext. 1702, or
Christopher J. Petrossi

May 17-18, 2012
Seminar Thursday, May 17
7:00 p.m. / Central Community House
1150 East Main Street, Columbus - NOTE: THIS IS A NEW VENUE
Consultations Friday, May 18
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by
Effective Lighting Solutions, Foster Energy Management,
and Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association
Sara Ward, (614) 237-7953

June 14-15, 2012
Seminar Thursday, June 14
7:00 p.m. / Scioto County Welcome Center
342 Second St., Portsmouth
Consultations Friday, June 15,
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Main Street Portsmouth and TSHD Architects
Scott Moore, (740) 354-6621

June 21-22, 2012
Seminar Thursday, June 21
7:00 p.m. / Urban Flats Complex
19 West Sixth St., Mansfield
Consultations Friday, June 22
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Historic Preservation Commission of Mansfield, Downtown Mansfield, Inc.,
and Richland County Historical Society
Alan Wigton, (419) 543-1619

August 16-17, 2012
Seminar Thursday, August 16
7:00 p.m. / Somerset Courthouse
100 Public Square, Somerset
Consultations Friday, August 17
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Historical and Cultural Arts Society of Perry County
John McGaughey, (740) 987-4862

September 27-28, 2012
Seminar Thursday, September 27
7:00 p.m. / Somerset Courthouse
82 North High St., Gahanna
Consultations Friday, September 28
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, Gahanna Historical Society,
and Olde Gahanna Community Partnership (OGCP)
Christy Evans, (614) 475-9265

November 1-2, 2012
Seminar Thursday, November 1
7:00 p.m. / Montgomery Universalist Church, South West
corner of Montgomery and Remington Rds., Montgomery
Consultations Friday, November 2,
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cosponsored by City of Montgomery Landmarks Commission
and Montgomery Historic Preservation Association
Frank Davis, (513) 792-8347

The program is a service of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio's official historic preservation agency. A part of the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office identifies historic places in Ohio, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews projects seeking state and federal tax credits for rehabilitation, consults on federally-assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in Ohio, qualifies communities for the Certified Local Government program, consults on the conservation of older buildings and sites, and offers educational programs and publications.

Call 800-499-1030 to Register for a Clinic today. Click here to Register Online!

For more information about the Building Doctor program click here or call 614/298-2000.

Thank you for your interest in The Ohio Historical Society!

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