May 3, 2002
Contact: Karen Pope, 313.886.6508
Pamela Young, 734.487.4400



YPSILANTI - If you're restoring an old house or just want to understand more about preserving architectural heritage, here's a chance to learn from the experts.

The Detroit Club Preservation Foundation and the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University will offer a series of lectures by nationally known experts in the fields of plastering, paint analysis and decorative finishes.

Lectures are scheduled for

Saturday, May 18, and Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. &emdash; 2 p.m., and Friday, June 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Detroit Club, 712 Cass, in downtown Detroit.

Sessions are $15 each or $35 for the series. Reservations are required. Send checks c/o the Detroit Club Preservation Foundation to:

The Detroit Club Preservation Foundation, attn: lecture series, 712 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. For information, call Karen Pope at 313-886-6508.

The lectures are usually offered only for graduate students in EMU's historic preservation program, said Dr. Ted Ligibel, director of the program, and this is the first time they've been open to the public.

"We see this as a real educational opportunity," said Ligibel. "We've been collaborating with the foundation for more than a year and we find the Detroit Club a perfect setting to teach and stimulate interest in the importance of preservation."

Programs scheduled are:

Saturday, May 18

Paint Analysis and Treatment: Ron Koenig, an architectural conservator from Saline with expertise in paint analysis and treatment, will lead the class. Koenig will use a microscope and the Munsell System of color to demonstrate paint analysis and document the evolution of paint on a surface.

"One of the most important aspects of the presentation will be to show the methodology for conservation," said Koenig. "We may uncover early decoration and conserve it or we may investigate surfaces to understand how they were treated so these processes can be replicated in new materials (restoration)."

Koenig's recent projects have included the Turner-Dodge Mansion in Lansing; the Gustav Hildebrand Mural in Petoskey; the Jerrot Mansion, the Graham-Ginestra House and the Frank Lloyd Wright Avery Coonley House, all in Illinois.

Saturday, June 1

Decorative painting: Steve Seebohm of Petoskey will talk about faux finishes and decorative painting/murals. He will also focus on project planning, management and implementation including research, writing of specifications, the bid process and execution.

Seebohm has worked on the restoration at the Detroit Opera House; the Temple Theater and the Stoughton City Hall Theatre in Wisconsin; the Administration Building at Notre Dame University; the State Departments Bldg./State Supreme Court in Ohio; and the Green Lobby at Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills among others.

Friday, June 14

Decorative finishes: Andrew Ladygo of Washington D.C. will focus on decorative plaster. Ladygo is a consultant in architectural conservation, specializing in historic plaster, masonry and wooden objects and decorative finishes.

He began his career in 1970 at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). In 1971, he established their Building Conservation workshop to address large-scale conservation problems facing SPNEA house museums. His recent projects have included the conservation of decorative plasterwork at the Victoria Mansion in Maine, and the Owens-Thomas and Hay Houses in Georgia. Large-scale projects include the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Georgia State Capitol, Massachusetts State House and the North Carolina Capitol.