One of the ongoing missions of our show is to provide assistance to owners of historic properties. Historic property maintenance is a labor of love, wrapped in specific requirements and technical know-how that often comes with a hefty price-tag. To encourage these dedicated stewards of our historic legacy, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Heritage/Cultural Division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), employs experts to help property owners understand the various federal and state incentive programs available, as well as providing hands-on technical expertise. Joy Sears, SHPO's restoration specialist and manager of the tax incentive programs, joined us again to talk about programs available to private homeowners as well as city organizations, and to share some opportunities to learn or refine your restoration skills.
SHPO has partnered with Salem's historic preservation program and the Historic Landmarks Commission in recent years to offer several hands-on restoration skills workshops. Often held in conjunction with National Preservation month in May, these workshops have focused on repairing historic windows and seismic retrofit for commercial buildings. but a seismic retrofitting for residential properties is planned for Spring 2018. Joy also reported that a specialized research program is working on developing retrofitting methods that will be less intrusive to the structure. The goal of the study group is have new methods available to the public in three years.
The City of Salem has uploaded several how-to videos regarding window repair and replacement to the Remodel & Repair Historic Buildings page of their website. They are located toward the bottom of that page, so scroll down and check them out.