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Are you the owner of a historic home full of character, charm and an outdated electrical system? If so, you'll be interested in this series of public seminars about owning, maintaining and restoring a historic home. An expert in each field will lead each seminar. Come prepared with your problems and questions and leave with potential solutions and answers.

How to register

Register online or phone 311 and provide the operator with the course number.

2016 seminars

Windows and Doors I

Windows and doors play a major role in preserving the character of your historic house. Find out how they can be maintained and repaired and why it's not always necessary to replace them.

Instructor: Peter Caron
Monday, February 29, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554237
City of Edmonton Artifacts Centre

Windows and Doors II

While the proper repair and restoration of windows and doors is always best, their retention isn't always possible. Visit a working window and door manufacturing facility to find out how new windows and doors can be manufactured to retain period look and feel and complement your historic home.

Instructor: Gordon Gauvin
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554238
Perma Seal Windows & Doors Ltd. Shop,
9505 - 56 Avenue NW

Mechanical and Electrial Systems

Before you hire a contractor to upgrade your systems, it's important to understand how their work may impact your interior.

Instructor: Chris Kato
Monday, March 7, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554239
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill

Roofs and Exteriors

Repair and maintain the exterior of your home properly and you'll avoid having to repair the interior.

Instructor: Peter Caron
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554240
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill

Millwork and Floors

Learn how to revive tired woodwork without stripping, and how to repair, restore and replace if necessary. Find out about the kinds of flooring that are approrpiate for old house restoration plus more.

Instructor: Johanne Yakula
Monday, March 21, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554241
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill

History Interiors Tour

Tour the John Walter houses in the river valley to view first-hand the way early Edmontonians lived. The focus of this tour will be on layout, materials, lighting and furniture (now antique) that was prevalent at the time. A great workshop if you are restoring your old house or just interested in history.

Instructor: Johanne Yakula
Saturday, March 26, 2016, 1-3pm
Course code : 554242
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill


The foundation for any historic home restoration is a good foundation! Learn about common foundation problems and solutions.

Instructor: Arda Ozum and Peter Caron
Monday, April 4, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554243
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill

Wall Treatments

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of using historic colour in your home and how to use embossed papers and wall paper treatments to create a great look while camouflaging less than perfect walls.

Instructor: Johanne Yakula
Monday, April 11, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554244
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill

House Doctor

This course gives you a chance to walk through a private historic home from top to bottom to evaluate the house for potential problems.

Instructor: Peter Caron
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9am - noon
Course code : 554256

Plastering Walls

Plaster has been traditionally used to finish interior walls. Learn how to make easy repairs to maintain these walls.

Instructor: Peter Caron
Monday, April 18, 2016, 7-9pm
Course code : 554267
City of Edmonton Artifacts Centre

Researching Your Heritage Home

Join City of Edmonton Archivists and Heritage Planners and learn how you can research the history of your heritage home. The session will also introduce you to the City's designation program and to the benefits of maintaining your heritage home.
Note: Participants will be requested to provide an address and neighbourhood information of their home prior to the session, as this is a hands-on workshop.

Instructor: Tim O'Grady and David Johnston
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6-8pm
Course code : 554268
City of Edmonton Archives, Price of Wales Armouries, Heritage Centre, #200, 10440 - 108 Avenue NW

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