Historic Preservation is alive and well in northern New Jersey this spring. If you or your organization are planning preservation projects, or have questions about those projects, look no further than Drew University.
Perhaps you are puzzled by a building analysis or a repair that is needed in a section of your historic home. Or, your town’s historic commission needs a better understanding of land use, state and federal regulations and preservation law to move forward on a development project. Maybe you would like a better grasp of apps, website development, social networks and how they impact historic preservation. Or, perhaps it is time to repair the moldings and replace the window casings in your home.
Whatever your interest or need, Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate program is designed to appeal to anyone eager to learn about preservation and will appeal to many including owners of historic homes and buildings, town planners, architects, real estate professionals and developers. Various ten-week courses and one-day workshops are offered this spring and are designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of historic preservation. Students may register for courses individually or continue their work towards a certificate. Most classes and workshops meet on Drew University’s campus. Spring term classes begin March 26th and run through May 30th. Registration fees range from $475 for full-term classes and one-day workshops start at $115.
Contact Drew University before March 20th to register for any of the spring course offerings below.
Practicing Preservation: Advocacy to Zoning
This course provides an overview and detailed look at the legal, economic, and community planning aspects of historic preservation in New Jersey. Students will discuss land use and preservation law, federal and state standards, the integration of preservation with municipal planning, redevelopment and environmental goals, advocacy and community activism.
Materials and Techniques of Restoration and Rehabilitation
This class provides an overview of different materials commonly used in this region and the techniques for their repair. Materials to be examined include: masonry (stone, brick, concrete, terra cotta, mortar), wood, finishes, plaster, and metals. Techniques utilized to read historic evidence in buildings are discussed and rehabilitation codes are introduced. This class is aimed at architects, contractors and the preservation community in general.
Technology and Historic Preservation
Every day computer technology is evolving to create new tools and resources which can advance the mission of historic preservation. In this class students will be provided with an overview on developing a strong PowerPoint presentation and a web and social media presence for promotion and public relations. Participants will understand the development of Smartphone apps (content, format and wire-framing) for local historic organizations and identifying various app platforms. Historians will gain the tools needed to reach out to archives across the country, download census and immigration records and/or trace family genealogies. Discussions on database expansion, maps, architectural drawings and virtual restoration will also take place.
SPRING ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS
Preserving the Recent Past
From high style to vernacular interpretation, participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of the evolution of modern architecture, focusing on 20th century design and use of modern materials. Using case studies, the workshop will highlight the specific challenges in preserving architectural resources from the recent past. Topics will cover regulatory and planning issues as well as conservation challenges specific to modern materials, and take a look at trends and advocacy from the state and national perspective.
Old House Primer: Historic Moldings & Interior Woodwork Workshop
Moldings, door and window casings, wainscots, and other interior woodwork are the building blocks of interior architecture. This presentation looks at the design history of moldings, from their origins in the classical shapes of the ancient world through 200 years of American house styles, and how they were made and applied in various eras. The workshop will also cover the design and history of moldings and related woodwork along with a concentration on how moldings are made and applied. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice cutting and fitting moldings if desired.
Space is limited in all courses so register now to avoid disappointment! Call Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Study at 973/408-3185 for a brochure and registration information or visit our web site at http://www.drew.edu/historicpreservation and register online!
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