Tour: NPS Historic Preservation Training Center (Historic Gambrill House) and Shop

  • Date

    Sunday, October 22 2017

  • Time


  • Location

    Gambrill House

Join AIA|DC’s Public Archtiects Committee for a tour of the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) located at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, MD.

Stop One: Enjoy a guided tour of the nationally significant ca. 1872 Gambrill House. Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural merits, this high-tech late Victorian French Second Empire style mansion is noted for the advanced and sustainable technology it employed to provide a comfortable lifestyle to its occupants. It retains many of its original character-defining features.

Stop Two: Monocacy National Battlefield – Best Farm: A quick detour to the late 18th century Best Farm will provide examples of various NPS stabilization / preservation projects on the significant historic resources.

Stop Three: Travel to historic downtown Frederick for a visit to the HPTC wood crafting and carpentry shop. Discover the facilities where the actual restoration work is performed. See how skilled NPS craftspeople treat materials to set national standards for conservation of historic fabric. Historic windows under repair will be on view for your inspection.

Presented by: Tom Vitanza, RA, AIA

Organized by: AIA|DC Public Architects Committee

Sponsored by: The National Park Service

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how codes and regulations affect restoration choices for historic resources;
  • Discuss how energy efficiency and sustainability goals are integrated with preservation technology;
  • Identify building design strategies used to facilitate a successful restoration project; and
  • Illustrate an appropriate reuse of a historic materials and use of recycled and repurposed fabric.