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Historic Wood Window Restoration and Repair Workshop

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The Hotel Metropolitan

724 Oscar Cross Avenue

Paducah, KY

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A hands-on workshop teaching the methods, materials, and philosophy behind the restoration, repair, and maintenance of historic wood windows

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This intensive, 2 day workshop is an opportunity for those who own, work on, live in, or love old buildings to learn the anatomy, philosophy, history, techniques, methods, and materials of historic wood window restoration and maintenance. Together, we will remove, strip down, repair, re-glaze, re-rope, and re-install double-hung wood window sashes from Paducah's storied Hotel Metropolitan. If you've ever looked at your home's beautiful original windows and felt intimidated, alarmed, or just downright curious, this workshop is for you, and a great way to help breathe new life into one of our most treasured historic landmarks.

Everyone will get a chance to get their hands dirty stripping paint with infrared heat, cleaning glass, applying epoxy, using glazing putty, cleaning and restoring original hardware, and more. We will be on our feet all day, so be sure to wear comfy, sturdy shoes and safe, weather-appropriate work clothes. All other materials will be provided, but please bring a P100 rated respirator if you are concerned about lead paint dust during the stripping process. These can be purchased at any home improvement store.

We will begin each morning at 8 a.m. and end each day at approximately 5:30- p.m. Donuts and other snacks will be provided, and there will be a one hour break for lunch each afternoon.

About the instructor: This class will be led by Kelsie Gray, a professional historic window restorer out of Paducah, Kentucky who recently finished up a 6 week stint at George Washington's Mount Vernon where she assisted in the restoration of the Greenhouse windows.

About the project site: Dating back to 1908, the Hotel Metropolitan was Paducah's first African American-owned hotel. It provided lodging to African American travelers and visitors to the city in the days of segregation, and, most notably, was a place of rest for entertainers and musicians traveling the "Chitlin' Circuit" of the south. Its guest roster includes a number of famous musicians such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, and Ike and Tina Turner. It has been undergoing restoration work as funds allow, and is currently being operated as a museum.

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