HP house classes

Assistant to the Editor

The Hyde Park Historical Society is holding a series of talks on home preservation titled, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. every third Sunday for the next four months at The Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.

According to Jack Spicer of the Hyde Park Historical Society, the talks — organized with fellow group board members Rita McCarthy and Fran Vandervoort — sprang out of recent efforts to preserve South Woodlawn Avenue. The university’s development is informed by a guiding document titled “Institutional Planned Development 43.”

“I think that people will find that preserving the things that they already own are both cheaper and more energy efficient than buying new,” Spicer said.

Presentations will include: “Replace or Restore?”, on doors and windows (April 21); “From Tuckpointing to Major Repairs,” on masonry (May 19); “Historic, Waterproof, Affordable and Still Beautiful,” on roofs (June 16); and “How They Did it Then and What to do Now,” on historic landscaping (July 21).

Talks are currently scheduled to be given, in chronological order, by speakers from restoration firm Oak Brothers, Conrad Roofing and Marion Masonry, as well as Spicer.