Historic Preservation Workshops planned for residents and architects

Oklahomans interested in getting practical advice on how to build, renovate or add on to a business or home in a historical area are invited to attend one of two free historic preservation workshops offered through the cities of Oklahoma City and Norman.

Featured speakers Lynn Taylor and Ron Frantz will make presentations during both events. Lynn Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Plans in Nashville, TN, is an infill home designer who specializes in preserving the historic integrity of neighborhoods while offering modern amenities. Ron Frantz, AIA, is the AIA Director of Great Plains Studio of the Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) at the University of Oklahoma. Frantz brings experience in commercial revitalization from his many years as architect for the Oklahoma Main Street Center.

The workshops are ideal for residents or architects who are considering adding on to a historic or older home or business, or those interested in constructing a new building in an older neighborhood.

Norman - Thursday, September 12
Norman's Historic Preservation Workshop takes place from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, September 12 in the City Council Chamber, 201 West Gray Street. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. The morning session will cater to homeowners who want to add on to their homes or are considering building a new home in a historic neighborhood.

The afternoon session features practical advice on how to build or renovate a building in a historic commercial area. The session includes a mini charette and a walking tour of the Porter Avenue Commercial Corridor. Contact Susan Atkinson, 366-5392, susan.atkinson@normanok.gov to register.

Oklahoma City - Friday, September 13
Oklahoma City's Historic Preservation Workshop takes place from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, September 13 in the Civic Center Music Hall's Joel Levine Rehearsal Hall, 201 N Walker. The morning session is from 8:30 a.m. to noon and features practical advice on how to build or renovate a building in a historic commercial area. The session includes a mini charette and a walking tour of Automobile Alley.

The afternoon session is from 1 to 4 p.m. and will cater to homeowners who want to add on to their homes or are considering building a new home in a historic neighborhood. Contact Katie Friddle at Kathryn.friddle@okc.gov or 297- 3084 to register.

The events are sponsored by the Norman Historic District Commission and Oklahoma City's Historic Preservation Commission and made possible by a grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Office Certified Local Government (CLG) program.

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