This is an important subject for Port Townsend and Fort Worden. There is a proposal from the Planning Department that many of the older buildings (even such your ones as a '50's rambler) could be subject to a historic preservation review. That is the stick.
The carrot is that you can get a property tax break on building improvements that are historically sensitive and retain original features. We hope to have members of the Historic Preservation Commision at the lecture
We're not planning to get embroiled in what will be a vigorous discussion around town.
Doing a good historic preservation job on an old home or building can be daunting. But when an old home is viewed through the eyes of a preservationist you begin to see that some of the problems are easily solved when you understand the construction methods used to build the house. Similarly the historic value of a house can be preserved by not indulging in wholesale demolition and replacement with modern windows or doors. Old windows with storm windows can have a similar, if not better, insulating value than modern replacement windows.
Kevin has joined our faculty to lead the Historic Preservation Program. Kevin has more than 30 years of experience in restoring Old Buildings. This lecture is a teaser for our Introduction to Historic Preservation course in March.
Thursday February 19th at 6:30pm
Free lecture at the school:
Building 315, Fort Worden State Park,
Port Townsend, WA 98368