Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building

Rehabilitating and preserving an historic building can be challenging...unless you have the right tools! Come learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds!

Historic Buildings are simultaneously the largest asset and the greatest
liability for many organizations.  This webinar will provide an overview of the tools available for funding, and the Standards most often associated with those funding tools. This webinar will primarily focus on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The presenters will provide an overview of the four different treatment types, and review in detail, the most commonly-used treatment: Rehabilitation.  Each of the ten Rehabilitation Standards will be reviewed, illustrating with examples how they are applied.



Date: May 11, 2017

Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic

Cost: Free for AASLH members/$40 nonmembers



  • Learn about the types of funding sources for historic building rehabilitation
    that most commonly require adherence to the Secretary of the Interior's
  • Learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, the four treatment types,
    and how to select the appropriate type.
  • Learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and
    how to apply them.

Who should attend?

Facilities Managers and Directors of Historic Buildings


About the Instructors:

Petra Knapp

Ms. Knapp holds a master's degree in Historic Preservation, specializing in American Architectural History. As an architectural historian, Ms. Knapp regularly completes historic structure surveys and evaluations. She is an experienced public speaker in the field of history and preservation, and is a past lecturer at the Ohio Local History Alliance annual meeting. Ms. Knapp serves on the board of several local preservation organizations, and is currently the chair of the Historical Authentication Committee for the Century Homes Association in Northeast Ohio.

Lauren Burge

Lauren Burge is a registered architect and principal of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture, a studio of Perspectus Architecture.  Ms. Burge is a graduate of the Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She holds a certificate in Optical Microscopy from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.   Chambers, Murphy & Burge created the first commercial National Register Historic District in downtown Akron.  To date, the historic tax credit work of the firm has leveraged over $46 million dollars of construction in the greater Akron area, and over $150 million dollars statewide.


Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and organized by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion