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Home, Safe Home: Seismic Safety & Rehabilitating Historic Homes

Home, Safe Home: Seismic Safety and Rehabilitating Historic Homes Series | June 23rd to Dec 20th, 2022
Six webinars. a team of preservation professionals. one goal. This series is FREE for the public and all webinars will be recorded. 

HOME, SAFE HOME.

SEISMIC SAFETY & REHABILITATING HISTORIC HOMES

SEISMIC SAFETY & REHABILITATING HISTORIC HOMES

A program offered by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The webinars feature preservation partners from Page & Turnbull, Structural Focus, and Melvyn Green & Associates in collaboration with the California Preservation Foundation.

Californians know that “The Big One” is always around the corner. If you own a historic home, every small shake may make you think, “Is this place safe?” These webinars are designed for homeowners, to be easily understandable and applicable when it comes to the seismic retrofit of your home.

Together with OHP, a team of architects, engineers, and architectural historians with preservation expertise and a passion for historic homes to guide you on how to upgrade and retrofit your home to protect from a future earthquake - without compromising its historic character.

Case studies explain how it is done and identify programs and incentives useful to planning your own rehabilitation or retrofit project, including the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program and the California Historic Building Code. That gingerbread trim on your Victorian or plate glass windows in your mid-century house will thank you.

                   

 

Workshop 1: What Makes My Home Historic? | June 23, 2022, 5-7 PM (Recorded)

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Preservation 101 – understanding your historic home. This workshop will provide a primer for understanding the significance and ‘historic integrity’ of historic homes, the difference between condition and integrity, and character-defining spaces and architectural features. Case study examples and interactive activities will be integrated into the workshop. In addition, supplemental technical and educational reference materials will be provided to attendees, including a list of online resources and a glossary of terms.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Recognize different types of historic properties.
  • Summarize and describe your home’s significance.
  • Define ‘historic integrity’ and differentiate from ‘physical condition.’
  • Assess and identify the spatial relationships, spaces, features, and materials that make your home historic.

Workshop Speakers

This workshop is led by architects and cultural resources planners from Page & Turnbull, an architecture and planning firm imagining change in historic environments through design, research, and technology.

Ruth Todd, FAIA, LEED AP, AICP, Principal, Page & Turnbull

As the leader of the Cultural Resources Studio at Page & Turnbull, Ruth Todd promotes a comprehensive vision of how historic structures can activate neighborhoods and enrich daily experience. A national expert, Ruth has led cultural and historic master plans across the United States that have catalyzed economic development and forged stronger communities. Her preservation plan for Charleston, South Carolina won broad acclaim as an exemplar and a National Preservation Honor Award for preserving one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities during a period of significant growth pressures. A fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an emerita trustee of the California Preservation Foundation, Ruth currently serves on the boards of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco and the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. She is a recipient of the American Architectural Foundation’s prestigious Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship. Prior to joining Page & Turnbull, Ruth was associate university architect at Stanford University.

 

Flora Chou, Associate Principal, Page & Turnbull

As a Cultural Resources Planner, Flora has extensive experience in researching and evaluating sites for their historic eligibility, applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (SOI Standards) to project reviews, and complying with CEQA and other regulatory requirements for historic resources. Her expertise with historic sites ranges from mid-19th century adobe structures to mid-20th century modern buildings. She works to integrate historic preservation with urban planning, sustainable design, and community development while incorporating diverse cultural resources more fully into the field. Prior to joining Page & Turnbull, Flora was a Preservation Advocate for the Los Angeles Conservancy. She has served on the national board of Docomomo US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement, since 2013.

Hannah Simonson, Associate, Page & Turnbull

Hannah Simonson is a Cultural Resources Planner at Page & Turnbull. Hannah has experience working on numerous historic resource evaluations, project impact analyses, historic resource surveys, historic context statements, and illustrated design guidelines. Hannah also has experience in material conditions assessment fieldwork. While her personal research interests are in Modernist architecture and landscapes and recent past resources, she brings an enthusiasm for preservation and a rigorous research ethic to projects of all types. Hannah is the president of the Northern California chapter of Docomomo US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement.

 

Workshop 2: Is 'Compatible' 'Matchy-Matchy'?| Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 5-7 PM Pacific

What are the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and what do they have to do with my home? This workshop will introduce guidance for how to develop seismic retrofit projects that are sensitive to the character of historic buildings. This includes a review of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The workshop will also discuss important preservation considerations when updating or retrofitting a home. Case study examples and interactive activities will be integrated into the workshop. In addition, supplemental technical and educational reference materials will be provided to attendees, including a list of online resources and a glossary of terms.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define and differentiate between the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards four approaches to treating historic properties - Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction.
  • Identify resources that will help you to understand and apply the Standards to your project.
  • Analyze how the Standards for Rehabilitation might apply to common repairs and alterations.
  • Predict how your project may impact historic features and characteristics.

Workshop Speakers

This workshop is led by architects and cultural resources planners from Page & Turnbull, an architecture and planning firm imagining change in historic environments through design, research, and technology.

Ruth Todd, FAIA, LEED AP, AICP, Principal, Page & Turnbull

As the leader of the Cultural Resources Studio at Page & Turnbull, Ruth Todd promotes a comprehensive vision of how historic structures can activate neighborhoods and enrich daily experience. A national expert, Ruth has led cultural and historic master plans across the United States that have catalyzed economic development and forged stronger communities. Her preservation plan for Charleston, South Carolina won broad acclaim as an exemplar and a National Preservation Honor Award for preserving one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities during a period of significant growth pressures. A fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an emerita trustee of the California Preservation Foundation, Ruth currently serves on the boards of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco and the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. She is a recipient of the American Architectural Foundation’s prestigious Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship. Prior to joining Page & Turnbull, Ruth was associate university architect at Stanford University.

 

Flora Chou, Associate Principal, Page & Turnbull

As a Cultural Resources Planner, Flora has extensive experience in researching and evaluating sites for their historic eligibility, applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (SOI Standards) to project reviews, and complying with CEQA and other regulatory requirements for historic resources. Her expertise with historic sites ranges from mid-19th century adobe structures to mid-20th century modern buildings. She works to integrate historic preservation with urban planning, sustainable design, and community development while incorporating diverse cultural resources more fully into the field. Prior to joining Page & Turnbull, Flora was a Preservation Advocate for the Los Angeles Conservancy. She has served on the national board of Docomomo US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement, since 2013.

Hannah Simonson, Associate, Page & Turnbull

Hannah Simonson is a Cultural Resources Planner at Page & Turnbull. Hannah has experience working on numerous historic resource evaluations, project impact analyses, historic resource surveys, historic context statements, and illustrated design guidelines. Hannah also has experience in material conditions assessment fieldwork. While her personal research interests are in Modernist architecture and landscapes and recent past resources, she brings an enthusiasm for preservation and a rigorous research ethic to projects of all types. Hannah is the president of the Northern California chapter of Docomomo US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement.

 

Workshop 3: Seismic Retrofit Basics | Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Time TBD

Now that you know what makes your house historic, learn how to keep it safe and sound in an earthquake.  At the end of this session, you will learn:

  • The types of buildings and building materials that are vulnerable in earthquakes.
  • How to identify your home's construction type.
  • The different regions of California that have different earthquake risks.
  • Whether your house is at risk in an earthquake and how it might affect your property.
  • Typical seismic retrofit measures for historic homes and the parts of your home that are likely to require retrofit.
  • Understand how to use the California Historical Building Code.
Workshop 4: Retrofit Projects | Thursday, October 6, 2022, Time TBD

This workshop focuses on seismic retrofits and incentives. At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Learn from examples of residential retrofit projects.
  • How differing house types, styles, construction types, and parts of a house may require different seismic strategies.
  • Explore strategies to maximize the benefits of individual projects, such as including structural and insulation upgrades when replacing a roof or integrating other improvements.
  • Determine how much it may cost to retrofit your house.
  • Identify incentive programs, like the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) Earthquake Brace + Bold Program, Mills Act, and when they are applicable.
  • Apply methods of protecting your home’s historic features while performing work.
Workshop 5: Keep it Lookin’ Great | Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Time TBD

Take pride in your historic home and keep it looking great. You will learn:

  • Why historic home maintenance is critically important.
  • How to differentiate between maintenance, repair, and replacement.
  • Considerations in prioritizing, scheduling, and budgeting projects.
  • The aspects of cyclical maintenance for roofs, windows, finishes and unique elements of historic homes.
Workshop 6: The Nuts & Bolts of Retrofits | Thursday, December 15, 2022, Time TBD

Armed with knowledge about what makes your home historic, the basics of retrofits, and maintenance, you are ready to begin your retrofit project. In this session you will learn:

  • How to apply the ‘lessons learned’ from case studies to your retrofit project
  • How to navigate local permitting and approval processes, as not all municipalities are the same.
  • How to select, budget for, and work with qualified architects, engineers, consultants, and contractors