by Tom Ranson
This past Saturday, March 21st saw the return of the Restoration Weekend Conference to Gateway Community College in Covington for a 4th consecutive year.
This now annual event is free to the public and features experts, artisans and vendors from across our region holding classes on nearly everything you need to know to preserve your vintage home. Among the numerous noteworthy presenters were Margo Warminski of the Cincinnati Preservation Association who held a class on identifying vintage home styles; Scott Clark of the Newport Historic Preservation Office showing how to maintain natural wood floors; Curtis Heuser of Interior Visions giving expert advice on faux wood graining; Mike Radeke of the Kentucky Heritage Council spoke about historic preservation tax credits, and many more who conducted classes on everything from container gardening, box gutters, and wooden window repairs to common knob-and-tube electrical issues, plaster walls and selecting the right contractor for renovation and restoration projects.
Numerous vendors were also on hand to demonstrate their wares and services. Classes were full to overflowing and even the event program was stuffed full of helpful information such as maintenance and sustainability checklists, greening tips from sponsor Duke Energy and historic zone overlay maps.
Event co-organizer and Bellevue Assistant City Administrator Jody Robinson gave attendance as over 200. The date for next year’s event will be determined in about a month.