Make time for your masonry at HPHS

Assistant to the Editor

A presentation on masonry restoration will take place Sunday, May 19, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the second in a four-part series of talks on home upkeep organized by members of the Hyde Park Historical Series (HPHS).

Jan Golwacki, project manager for the Chicago-based firm Marion Restoration, will give the 2 p.m. talk, entitled, “Masonry: From Tuckpointing to Major Repairs.”

Golwacki, who has been in the field of masonry for over 20 years says he plans on discussing restoration procedures, fielding questions and possibly taking a walk with his audience around the block to examine the work done on buildings.

Golwacki said Hyde Park’s old homes can be seriously damaged if they are not properly restored, adding that “it’s very important to use proper material with the same properties [as the] original.”

HPHS’ series, entitled “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” comprises two more talks, including one in June on roofs and another in July on “historic landscape design.” For more information,” visit HPHS’ website at