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September 19, 2018

Heritage Foundation Workshop Offers Preservation Answers


For owners of historic properties, it’s challenging to find architectural elements, hardware and fixtures to replace lost or damaged originals. One solution to the problem will be explored on June 2 at 10 a.m., at the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, 143 W. Third St., Oswego.

Finding replacement items like this scarce nineteenth century hardware will be the topic of a workshop, Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at The Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, 143 W. Third St., Oswego.

Finding replacement items like this scarce nineteenth century hardware will be the topic of a workshop, Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at The Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, 143 W. Third St., Oswego.

Alphonse Pieper, executive director of Historic Ithaca, will talk about its Significant Elements program, which offers hundreds of hard-to-find items. The program was launched to promote the reuse of architectural elements when the demolition of a building cannot be prevented. The Tompkins County not-for-profit organization also offers repair and consultation services.

“We’re delighted to introduce this amazing resource,” said Austin Wheelock, president of the Heritage Foundation. “For homeowners and others interested in preservation, this workshop will be invaluable.”

Reclaimed items available through Significant Elements include solid wood doors, lighting, windows, claw foot tubs, wood moldings, flooring, wainscoting, columns, slate & ceramic tile, toilets, shutters, cabinetry, ornate hardware, and even the proverbial kitchen sink.

Alphonse Pieper holds an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. He served as Historic Ithaca’s Preservation Director before moving to Homer, where he opened his own architectural salvage business. He rejoined Historic Ithaca four years ago.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that was established to promote and protect the historic and architectural landmarks of Oswego County.

The free Heritage Foundation workshop is part of an ongoing series of informational programs on preservation topics. For more information, call (315) 342-3354.

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