ICAA-NC Historic Building Trades Workshop

Contributed by Philip Goodwin. All images by Philip Goodwin unless attributed otherwise.

On April 9, 2016, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – North Carolina and the Salem College Historic Preservation Program sponsored a Historic Building Trades Workshop at Salem College in Winston Salem, NC. Three master professionals in plaster work, woodworking, and brick masonry addressed historic restoration work through demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. Attendance expectations were exceeded with 43 students, teachers, building professionals, and homeowners interested in historic preservation attending the event.


Originally founded as Salem College and Academy for women in 1772, the college is ranked as the oldest women’s college in the nation. The lovely campus near downtown Winston-Salem is a treasure of meticulously-maintained  historic buildings and structures.


Heather Fearnbach, Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at Salem College, kicked off the event. The program offers a Historic Preservation Certificate to students interested in the stewardship of historic structures. Numerous students working on their Certificates attended the event.

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Designing the Traditional Interior, with James S. Collins
Presented by the ICAA, North Carolina Chapter in Association with
AIA Asheville and the Preservation Society of Asheville

Thursday, May 12, 2016 • 2:00-4:15p
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
337 Charlotte St.
Asheville, NC

This course will introduce the fundamental philosophy and elements of traditional architecture and their interiors. Participants will learn the design principles that are common to the great buildings and interiors of the past. Topics will include learning the appropriate use and configuration of columns, cornices, mantle pieces, windows and doors.

Cost/Reservations: Free

Available Learning Credits: 2 HSW LU


About the Instructor:

James S. Collins is an architect, educator and historic preservationist. He has taught this class for the Southeast, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia Chapters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He wrote the introductory essay for the 2000 edition of the Monograph of the Work of Mellor, Meigs & Howe originally published in 1923. His firm’s projects have been featured in New Old House, Period Homes and Washington Life magazines and in A Decade of Art and Architecture. He practices in New York City and Greensboro, North Carolina.