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Preservation Maintenance: Understanding and Preserving Historic Buildings

Detailed Seminar Agenda

Seminar Overview

Performing—or not performing—minor maintenance often can have unintended consequences. Learn how to read your building and understand the effects of daily, monthly, and annual maintenance activities between larger capital projects. Identifying, caring for, and maintaining historic materials is critical to this process. Discuss the nature of building materials, how they age, and how they fail. Learn when to bring in a specialist to help identify the problem or a contractor to handle a specific task.

This seminar is combined or offered in conjunction with Historic Structures Reports: A Management Tool for Historic Properties.


Alfonso A. Narvaez, principal, Aeon Preservation Services LLC, with experience on technical preservation projects nationwide; formerly principal architectural conservator with John Milner Associates, Inc. and historical architect with the National Park Service

Evaluation Comments

"Maintenance is the key to preservation."

"I gained a better perspective on the range of issues involved with managing a historic property."

"I learned how to place priorities when evaluating maintenance processes in historic buildings."

"I [am now] better versed in maintenance vocabulary and will be able to advocate special historic preservation maintenance needs."

"[I gained] a perspective on various types of building materials and how their failure may be mitigated."

"[I learned] lots of good resources and questions to ask consultants."

"Web site/CAD information was particularly informative."

"Excellent handout materials with useful references."


Preservation architects; managers of historic properties, facilities, and house museums; maintenance supervisors.

Continuing Education Credits

Self-reporting often is an option for members of professional organizations that require continuing education credits.

Related Seminars

Historic Property Management
Historic Structures Reports: A Management Tool for Historic Properties 
Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation 
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations
Sustainable Preservation: Process and Practice

Locations and Dates

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$450 (6-week advance registration); $500 (regular registration)

Rate for 3 days including Historic Structures Reports:
$600 (6-week advance registration); $650 (regular registration)

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized, on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

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