Historic Preservation Month Lecture

Historic Preservation Month Lecture at Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum presents Your Old House: Paint and Maintain to Conserve Historic Character with Sally Zimmerman, Manager of Historic Preservation Services, Historic New England on Thursday May 6 at 7:00 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public in celebration of historic preservation month.

All houses, from the simplest to the most elegant, have distinctive stylistic features that give them their historic character. Learn how to conserve the character of any home by working with its architectural features and using paint color to enhance its design. Homes built yesterday or a hundred and fifty years ago all share some standard of architectural elements: windows with operable sashes, doors, a sheathing material, and an overlay of woodwork or trim. Maintaining this basic architectural vocabulary gives the home visual distinction and character and helps it retain both historic and real estate value. Applying period paint colors in traditional three-color paint schemes provides an essential organizational structure to the design and construction of the home, regardless of its architectural style. Bring a photo of your house and receive tips on working with its architecture to conserve historic character and bring out its best features. This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For reservations please call 978-283-0455, x11.

Sally Zimmerman, formerly Preservation Planner at the Cambridge Historical Commission, joined Historic New England in 2006 as a member of the Historic Preservation Team. She is co-author of Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application, and Regulation. Sally manages Historic New England’s Historic Homeowner membership program; for more information, see www.HistoricHomeowner.org.

Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is offering free admission on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through June 20 for Surrounded by Water: Clara Wainwright, Quilt Maker special exhibition. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org