First West Chester Historic Architecture Workshop Announced

WEST CHESTER, PA — A new workshop to help those who have questions about historic home restoration will take place on April 7th from 2 to 4PM at Borough Hall. The West Chester Downtown Foundation’s Preservation Award committee and West Chester Borough’s Historic and Architectural Review Board (HARB) are co-sponsoring the workshop. The focus of this first event will be on windows because they are the subject most frequently raised by residents.


The workshop will be free to the public.


The event also marks the opening of nominations for the West Chester Preservation Awards which are a product of the West Chester Downtown Foundation.


HARB Chairman and architectural preservation consultant Carol Quigley of Frens & Frens Studio at Patterhn Ives is scheduled to speak along with Mayor Diane Herrin and local restoration contractor Matthew Roberson of R&B Restoration Carpentry. All three speakers will take questions from the audience.


“The workshop will cover restoration best practices as well as energy efficiency options for historic homes and businesses.” said James Breen who serves on the board of both sponsoring groups and who has spearheaded the idea. “We will cite examples from West Chester and other communities to help people understand what should and should not be done.”


2019 will be the ninth year for the West Chester Preservation awards. The West Chester Downtown Foundation also uses the October award ceremonies to announce the charitable grants it makes to local group each year.




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