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Seminole Main Street to Host Historic Preservation Workshop

Contact: Bill Roselius
Seminole Main Street
Phone: (405) 382-8575 x225
Email: seminolemainstreet@gmail.com
September 9, 2014

(Seminole, Okla.) – For anyone interested in learning about restoration and preservation of Seminole's historic district, Seminole Main Street will host “First Steps toward Historic Preservation,” a workshop on the improvement, care and maintenance of Seminole’s Main Street district.

The workshop will be held Sept. 18, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal Building Center, 401 N. Main Street in Seminole, Okla. Light refreshments will be served.

Guest speaker will be Oklahoma Main Street Architect, Larry Lucas. He will discuss common 'delayed maintenance' issues and 'inappropriate materials' concerns found across Oklahoma. Attendees will receive guidance on developing a regular maintenance calendar that could be used for virtually any building. In addition, attendees will also learn basic architectural features and how to best highlight those to showcase the historic fabric that exists in Seminole’s downtown, utilizing the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

"We hope to give the people attending a real sense of the historic treasures around them, and to help them develop the best plan for caring for them," said Lucas.

Bill Roselius, executive director of Seminole Main Street, said hosting the workshop presented an opportunity for property owners to learn usable applicable information to help preserve, maintain, and improve their buildings, which will generate new business for themselves and all of downtown.

“Much has been done to improve the downtown area which is truly the ‘heart of Seminole,’” said Roselius. “Three new businesses opened this summer and several more are finalizing their plans to come to the downtown district. By coming to this workshop, property and business owners can learn how to reduce operating costs, enhance the buildings’ appearance, and the right way to approach overall design improvements. My hope is that this will help continue the enthusiasm for improving Seminole Main Street.”

Discussions will also be held on the Facade Grant program that matches up to $5,000 for façade renovation.

The cost of the workshop is free and open to the public. Interested individuals may call the Seminole Main Street office at (405) 382-8575 ext 225 for more information and to RSVP.