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“Rehabilitating Historic Windows” Lecture/Presentation


Michelle Schmitter, Mike Drews, and Lou Ann Speulda-Drews to discuss “Rehabilitating Historic Windows.”

Carson City Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to host a lecture/presentation on preserving and restoring wood windows, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Historic wood windows are valuable character-defining features of a building, worth retaining for architectural and environmental reasons. In the “Rehabilitating Historic Windows” presentation, professionals and Carson City Historic Resource Commission members Michelle Schmitter, Mike Drew, and LouAnn Speulda-Drews, will explore the history and nomenclature of sash windows.

The audience will learn about the evolution of historic designs and construction methods. The presenters will review endemic problems that lead to deterioration and explore possible maintenance and repair techniques to extend sustainable service life. The presenters will consider the benefits for retaining, rather than replacing, historic wood windows. The audience can learn how maintained wooden windows with storms can surpass modern window application in energy efficiency, while maintaining the original character of an older home. Mike Drews will demonstrate how to care for wooden windows and common problems that often lead homeowners towards replacement rather than repair.

Michelle Schmitter has over 25 years of experience in the field of Historic Preservation. Michelle meets and exceeds the National Park Service qualification standards for architectural historian, works within the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and has extensive technical experience with multiple preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction projects.

Michael Drews is the Principal at Great Basin Consulting Group, LLC, a cultural resource firm specializing in cultural resource inventories, predictive models, and National Register evaluations. He has served on the Carson City Historic Resources Commission under appointment by the County Board of Supervisors since 1989 and is intimately familiar with preservation of the historic built environment, effectively promoting historic values, and the intricacies of implementing local and Federal grants.

Lou Ann Speulda-Drews grew up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and graduated with BS and MA degrees from Oregon State University, majoring in History and Anthropology/Archaeology. She also took classes at the University of Oregon’s School of Historic Preservation and Architecture. Lou Ann has been working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) since 1995 and travels widely throughout the five western states and the Pacific as part of her regional responsibilities, focusing on historical archaeology and historic architecture. As part of her responsibilities for USFWS, Lou Ann has participated in the rehabilitation of buildings that included repairing original wood frame windows.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information about attending, please send an email to Dcbugli@aol.com or contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154, and he will provide you with a meeting link (or a meeting ID with passcode). Note that this lecture will be on the second Thursday of the month, rather than the usual third Thursday. There will be no lecture in December.

After a hiatus of several years, the CCHS resumed a monthly lecture series in January 2021. Most lectures are presented on Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Some past lectures are also available on the Carson City Historical Society’s YouTube.com page. Additional information about the CCHS is available on its webpage, CCHistorical.org.

David C. Bugli
Secretary, Carson City Historical Society
Carson City, NV
home: (775) 883-4154
cell: (775) 720-1741
Email: Dcbugli@aol.com
Website for CCHS: http://CCHistorical.org

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