Designing for Historic Spaces

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9:30 am-3:30 pm

Burton Barr Library

Join historian Alison King and interior designer Rachel Simmons for another unique design workshop experience!

Earn 6 IDCEC CEUs!

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Specialize, Protect the Past, and Practice Intelligent Design.

When the past is preserved appropriately, a diverse and unique design landscape is created, but renovating the architecture and/or interiors of historic spaces requires a little extra love and attention. Increase your expertise and land the project when you tell would-be clients that you have historic-design training, and can not only help them celebrate the unique charm their space has to offer, but can also increase their property value and maximize their design dollars!

Interior Design and LEED professionals will earn CEUs! The workshop is a great learning experience for students, architects, builders, and real estate professionals.

Past workshoppers rave:

This was an excellent workshop!  Thank you so much for putting it together!  I’ve already been sharing what I learned with my co-workers.

The workshop was truly one of the best I’ve been to, and reminded me of all the reasons that I love historic interiors — and taught me some things that I know will be really helpful in my current projects.






In this course you will learn:

  • How to identify historic structures and interiors
  • Architectural research techniques
  • The definition and significance of historic preservation
  • How to identify the historic style(s) and recognize character-defining features
  • How to successfully blend the past with the present…and design for the future
  • Incorporate sustainable design strategy while preserving history

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Burton Barr Phoenix Public Library so you can apply your new historic expertise hands on and research an actual property! Bring your own project or practice on a unique property we provide.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Course Schedule:

  1. Course Introduction (60 min / 9:30am – 10:30am)
    1. Create design that is relevant and timeless, preserving nostalgia
    2. Practice intelligent design
    3. Increase property value
    4. Promote sustainability
  2. Defining Historic Interiors (60 min / 10:30am – 11:30am)
    1. Not every historic property has a designation
    2. What classifies a building as historic?
    3. Does it have to be important to everyone?
  3. Researching Historic Properties (90 min / 11:30am – 1:30pm)
    1. Sleuthing strategies for public records
    2. Maricopa County GIS and County Recorder deeds
    3. Address lookup using City Directories
    4. Sanborn Maps
    5. 30-minute break: lunch is included in workshop fee
    6. Vintage periodicals in the Arizona Room at Burton Barr
    7. Microfilm goes digital
    8. Sleuth a sample home using Arizona Room resources
  4. Character Defining Features of Historic Homes (60 min / 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
    1. Historic Styles
    2. Exterior Features
    3. Interior Features
    4. Local styles
  5. Design Application (60 min) (2:30pm – 3:30pm)
    1. Bridging the old with the new
    2. Incorporating Sustainable design
    3. Design resources

    Register now, space is limited!


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