‘Building Doctors’ to visit Troy

Staff Reports

TROY — The Ohio History Connection in partnership with Troy Community Works!, Troy Main Street, and the Troy Historical Society will sponsor a Building Doctor clinic for owners of historic buildings in downtown Troy on Aug. 13-14.

The clinic features two “Building Doctors” of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office and is geared toward anyone who owns or maintains an older building, or is interested in historic building preservation. It begins with a free seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in the East Room of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St.

The seminar will cover guidelines for renovation projects and ways to identify and solve some of the most common problems in buildings dating from 1800 to 1955.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, the Building Doctors will visit pre-1955 buildings within 5 miles of Troy, advising owners on specific technical problems by appointment. The “doctors” are able to examine all kinds of older buildings including schools, churches, offices, farm buildings, homes, and more.

Some of the things that typically call for an on-site examination include persistent peeling paint or flaking plaster, a wet basement, deteriorating masonry, window repair, and plans for additions. The seminar and on-site consultations are free and open to all. The Ohio History Connection does ask that all interested participants register in advance at https://connect.ohiohistory.org/workshops/building-doctor/troy, or by calling (800) 499-2470.

Any person interested in receiving a consultation on Friday must attend the Thursday seminar. Mail-in registrations are available at Troy Main Street, 405 SW Public Square, Suite 231.

The Building Doctor program is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office.

For more information, contact Troy Main Street at 339-5455.