Back by popular demand: CCLBA’s Practical Preservation workshops resume next month

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26 Fremont St. in Battle Creek will again become learning lab for DIYers interested in restoring historic properties

MARSHALL, Mich. – The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority announced today it is kicking off its second summer of Practical Preservation workshops at 26 Fremont St. in Battle Creek. This is the second year for the workshops, pairing DIYers with experienced tradespeople to get hands-on experience in home restoration.

The 1800s Victorian house was also the site a successful MAYDAY! fundraiser on May 1 to raise funds to repair and restore the exterior of the home.

“We received such a positive response to our Practical Preservation workshop series last summer that we’re holding similar sessions again this year.,” said Krista Trout-Edwards, executive director of the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. “These workshops provide homeowners and people interested in restoring historic houses with relevant, hands-on experience in plaster repair, wallpaper removal, and foundation repair.”

The workshops will take place on Wednesdays beginning the second week of July, from 4 to 7 p.m. Each session is $30. Registration is required and can be done at calhounlandbank.org/events.

Workshops will take place on:

  • July 10: Plaster Repair, Session 1
  • July 17: Plaster Repair, Session 2
  • July 24: Wallpaper Removal
  • July 31: Foundation Repair

“Preserving and restoring our historic assets is important, which is why hosting these workshops for a second year is a high priority for the Land Bank team and our instructors,” Trout-Edwards said. “Preservation and general maintenance of older homes are key to neighborhood stabilization, and our hope is to equip people with the knowledge and know-how to make their own repairs.”

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The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority is a separate legal authority that collaborates closely with the Calhoun County Treasurer and local municipalities to eliminate blight, improve downtowns and promote local economic development.