WINDOW RESTORATION WORKSHOP WITH BOB YAPP

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WINDOW RESTORATION WORKSHOP WITH BOB YAPP

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

On Sept. 6-8, 2019, Heritage Works had the pleasure of welcoming Bob Yapp, national window restoration expert and former host of About Your House, for a wood window restoration presentation and workshop.

The weekend commenced with a four hour overview workshop at Steeple Square’s Honkamp Hall on Friday Sept. 6. Participants learned and got to practice a variety of techniques like paint stripping, removal of glazing and glass, sash repairs, weatherization and re-glazing windows.

On Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, 14 participants took part in an intensive workshop at 2033 Washington St., a property provided by Dubuque’s True North. Three historic windows were restored as participants learned the nuts and bolts of the trade.

Part of the Heritage Works mission is to provide educational programming that highlights Dubuque’s rich historic and architectural heritage. Yapp’s window restoration “boot camp” was an opportunity for contractors, homeowners and young tradespeople to learn a new skill that is mutually beneficial for historic architecture in the area. Through Yapp’s workshop, participants learned the importance of window restoration as a means of preserving the character of historic buildings and increasing energy efficiency.

Each year, millions of historic windows end up in landfills. Once an original window is replaced, that element is lost and the character of the structure is forever altered. It is more ecologically responsible and beneficial for historic architecture to restore windows rather than replace them.

After completing Yapp’s boot camp, the 14 participants have the knowledge and experience needed to be able to restore their own windows or others’ for paid work.

Sponsors of the workshop included the Dubuque Racing Association, Dupaco Community Credit Union, Steeple Square, Dubuque’s True North, City of Dubuque, and Four Mounds.

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Education and Training, Historic Properties Redevelopment

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ALC STUDENTS EXPLORE DUBUQUE’S HERITAGE

ALC STUDENTS EXPLORE DUBUQUE’S HERITAGE

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ALC STUDENTS EXPLORE DUBUQUE’S HERITAGE

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Heritage Works partnered with Dubuque Community Schools’ Alternative Learning Center to provide historic tours to U.S. History classes. Students explored Dubuque’s Lower Main and Historic Millwork Districts and learned about the connections between Dubuque’s historic buildings and the historical events from their text books.

With the inspiration and knowledge gained from their field trips, students worked in groups to research and produce museum-style exhibits connecting a local topic to national events from 1890 – 1950.

The completed exhibits are on display at Heritage Works’ office through mid-November.

Special thanks to: Tim Hitzler, U.S. History teacher, for bringing us this unique opportunity; Jason Neises, Dubuque Historian, for your expertise and tour guide skills; and Mary Gronen, for teaching the students about the CARADCO renovation project.

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Education and Training, Outreach and Promotion

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ARCHITREK

ARCHITREK

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ARCHITREK

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Heritage Works, in partnership with the Dubuque Museum of Art, presents a series of walking tours and presentations of Dubuque’s architecture.

Lunch & Learn are 60-minute lunchtime presentations at the Dubuque Museum of Art. These presentaitons look at different topics related to Dubuque’s architectural history.

Walk and Talk are 45-60 minute lunchtime tours in downtown Dubuque including the Historic Federal Building, the Roshek building, US Bank and the Grand Opera House. Tours focus on form and function with interior/exterior interpretation.

Ale and Architecture tours consist of 90-120 minute walking tours of bars in the historic neighborhoods. Patrons will make 2-3 stops in bars along the route and can purchase their own drinks at each stop. Tours are given by Jason Neises, Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Preservation Committee. (Previous tours include: Upper and Lower Main, Cathedral District, & Millwork District)

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Education and Training, Outreach and Promotion

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