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2019 Old House Trade Show


  • Holiday Inn By the Bay 88 Spring Street Portland, ME 04101 (map)

Mark your calendars now
for the 2019 Old House Trade Show!

March 30, 10 AM - 5 PM
MARCH 31, 10 AM - 4 PM

Maine's premiere event celebrating historic preservation, high quality craftsmanship, traditional construction and sustainable practices in Maine and New England.

Tickets available at the door: Members $10/Non-Members $12

Online registration has ended.

Parking: $5 cash at the Holiday Inn By the Bay Event Parking lot

Why should I attend the Old House Trade Show?

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  • Talk face to face with dozens of house experts, contractors, designers, and specialists about your home.

  • Attend two days of workshops and demos to learn new DIY techniques, hear the latest in sustainable technology, and more.

  • Learn about products and resources that could improve your home.

  • Meet the community of people preserving our past and saving our future which includes expert tradespeople, citizen groups, your neighbors, and you!

Who should attend the Old House Trade Show?

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  • Anyone who maintains a building - our experts know about buildings of all kinds and all ages.

  • First-time homeowners - talk to people who can help you figure out what to do first.

  • Design enthusiasts - hear what some of the region’s top architects and interior & landscape designers could do for you.

  • Craftsmanship lovers - meet the people who have dedicated their lives to craftsmanship and see some of their techniques.

  • Community networkers - in addition to tradespeople we will connect you with your neighborhood groups and citizen-led preservation projects.

  • Future tradespeople or hobby enthusiasts - our experts would love to talk to anyone interested in learning or honing a craft to keep the knowledge alive.

  • Greater Portland Landmarks Members - Get discounted tickets and other perks!

Schedule of Workshops and Presentations

 Bring photos, floor plans, measurements, inspections, energy audits, site plans, and any other information that can make it easier for you and the presenters and exhibitors to discuss your project.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

 Workshops

 45 minute sessions include a presentation and question and answer period Located on the second floor in the Lincoln Room, Holiday Inn by the Bay (accessible by elevators outside the Exhibition Room)

 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Don’t Be afraid of Your Windows! Tips and Techniques for Window Maintenance With Marc Bagala, owner of Bagala Window Works in Westbrook, ME

Administering regular maintenance to your windows can make all the difference in assuring they last another 100 years, work properly and maintain energy efficiency.

12:00 pm-12:45 pm

Where to Start When Planning Your Next Project with Peter Taggart, Owner/President of Taggart Construction in Freepor

Learn how to organize and plan your next renovation or restoration project. Proper planning and organization can help you manage costs, avoid surprises, and assure the long term value of your home is maintained.

1:00 pm-1:45 pm

Energy Saving Solutions, Rebates and Financing for Maine Homeowners with Andy Meyer, Senior Program manager for Efficiency Maine

Join us to learn more about energy efficiency, Efficiency Maine’s rebates and financing, and the statewide network of qualified contractors.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Period Painted Wall Decoration: Freehand painted, Stenciled and Muraled Walls in New England with Linda Carter Lefko,  President and one of the founders of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation Inc. 

 Discuss the actual process used for the historic art of freehand brushstroke, stencil and mural painting and follow up with a variety of examples of the historic art of wall decoration in New England. 

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Dry Stone Walls and Foundations: Evaluating, Repairing and Rebuilding with Brian Post, Executive Director of The Stone Trust

Learn about what to look for when evaluating the structural stability of old dry stone walls, retaining walls and foundations and the do’s and don’t when building stone walls.

Sunday, March 31

 Workshops

 45 minute sessions include a presentation and question and answer period Located on the second floor in the Lincoln Room, Holiday Inn by the Bay (accessible by elevators outside the Exhibition Room)

 

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Mid Mod Marvel  with Laurel LaBauve of SoPo Cottage

After renovating two dozen antique homes, Laurel & Richard LaBauve decided to do something completely different.  They purchased a mid-century home, designed by John Leasure in 1972, and embarked on a major renovation project to bring the house up to modern building codes, while maintaining its mid-century character and history.      

 

12:00 pm-12:45 pm

Where to Start When Planning Your Next Project with Peter Taggart, Owner/President of Taggart Construction in Freepor

Learn how to organize and plan your next renovation or restoration project. Proper planning and organization can help you manage costs, avoid surprises, and assure the long term value of your home is maintained.

 1:00 pm-1:45 pm

Hearth and Home:  Preserving, Maintaining and Using Your Fireplaces and Chimneys with Richard Irons of Restoration Masons

Learn about historic fireplace and chimney systems from expert Richard Irons, who will introduce basic principles of how they function, how to identify how old they are, and how to preserve and keep them in working order.

2:00 pm-2:45 pm

Creating a Roadmap for a Durable, Comfortable, Healthy and Energy Efficient Home with Jon Riley, owner of Casco Bay Insulation,

 A case study of the efforts taken to plan and implement improvements to a 19th century island farmhouse will be discussed. 

Case Studies  and Short Presentations

20 minute informal presentations with questions and answers

Located in the Exhibition Room

 

11:30 am – 11:50 am

Who Lived Here? Researching the history of your house. with Julie Larry, Greater Portland Landmarks Director of Advocacy

Ever wonder how old your house is or who lived in it over the years?Julie shares traditional research methods along with creative ways to uncover the hidden history of your house. 

12:30 pm-12:50 pm

Can You Have Your Cave and Heat It Too? with Hannah Holmes, real estate broker at Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland & author of the Home Rx column in Maine Homes by Down East

Hannah summarizes 13,000 years of human shelter on Portland’s peninsula — from the round tents that followed caves to today’s modern structures — and the lessons these buildings impart as we consider what we want our city to look like in the future.

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Dating Maine Houses by their Features with Les Fossel of Restoration Resources.

Houses of different eras reflect the time when they were built, and many older houses have been renovated several times. Learn what to look to discover the date (or dates) for your old house – what are the stylistic features? materials? building techniques?

 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Preserving for the Future with Greg Paxton Executive Director of Maine Preservation, and Sarah Hansen, Director of Preservation Services at Maine Preservation

Want to learn more about how you can protect your historic property into the future? Come chat with Maine Preservation for a quick overview of preservation easements and property protection strategies.

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm

Mid Mod Marvel  with Laurel LaBauve of SoPo Cottage

After renovating two dozen antique homes, Laurel & Richard LaBauve decided to do something completely different.  They purchased a mid-century home, designed by John Leasure in 1972, and embarked on a major renovation project to bring the house up to modern building codes, while maintaining its mid-century character and history. 

Sunday, March 31

Case Studies  and Short Presentations

20 minute informal presentations with questions and answers

Located in the Exhibition Room

 11:30 am – 11:50 am

What Style of House is That? with Julie Larry, Greater Portland Landmarks Director of Advocacy

Have you ever driven by a house and wondered what that style of architecture is called? Then this is the workshop for you.  Join Julie as she shares easy ways to identify the different styles. 

12:30 pm-12:50 pm

Can You Have Your Cave and Heat It Too? with Hannah Holmes, real estate broker at Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland & author of the Home Rx column in Maine Homes by Down East

Hannah summarizes 13,000 years of human shelter on Portland’s peninsula — from the round tents that followed caves to today’s modern structures — and the lessons these buildings impart as we consider what we want our city to look like in the future.

 

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Structural Considerations in Historic Building Projects with Christopher Closs, Field Service Advisor for Maine Preservation,

This 20-minute workshop with slides will explore the structural considerations of soils, building foundations and forces imposed on superstructures which are germane to maintaining or adaptively reusing historic small downtown commercial buildings or residential dwellings.

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Stone shaping basics: Split, trim, cut and dress with Brian Post is the Executive Director of The Stone Trust

Learn about the tools and techniques for working with stone. See how ‘feathers and wedges’ can be used to split large stones, and hammers and chisels can be used for trimming and dressing stones.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this possible

 
Earlier Event: December 13
Holiday Lantern Tours
Later Event: May 31
Annual Historic Gala