Building Doctor Clinic (July 25-26)


July 25-26

Building Doctor

The State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection will hold a Building Doctor Clinic at the Richfield Historical Society on July 25-26, from 7-9 p.m. This is one of just three clinics being held in the state during 2024. The doctors work in teams teaching owners of old buildings how to recognize and solve some of the most common problems in older structures, and how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements.

The free seminar will cover the topics of maintenance and repair, masonry, failing plaster, roofs and drainage, wood, painting and window issues. It will also address bringing buildings built before 1960 up to date without sacrificing historic integrity and the features that make them appealing.

Advance registration is required, and is mandatory if requesting a site visit. Walk-ins for only the seminar will be accepted if there is available seating. Those registering in advance for the seminar will receive a Building Doctor booklet, a compilation of useful, detailed information about topics covered during the seminar.

On Friday, July 26, the Building Doctors will visit 10 ailing buildings that are within a five-mile radius of the center of Richfield, to examine problems and prescribe cures. While the Building Doctors are experts on old building maintenance and repairs, they are not structural engineers nor are they experts on electrical, HVAC, and other building systems. The Building Doctors may visit homes, schools, churches, storefronts, offices and barns that were built prior to 1960.

Interested individuals must attend the free seminar to qualify for a visit and should request a visit when registering for the clinic. House calls will last 50 minutes and will be scheduled between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Owners of buildings selected will be contacted prior to the clinic to set up a time for the visit.

To register for the seminar and a house call, visit For additional information, contact Karen at or 330-659-4750. ∞