DANVILLE – When it comes to old homes and where to go to find help for restoration projects, some local residents might not know where to turn.
The purpose of this weekend’s Historic Preservation Expo is help those interested in historically accurate restoration and preservation of older homes.
“We are hoping to pair up people who own historic homes in Danville and contractors who specialize in the type of home restoration they might be looking for,” said Danville Senior Planner Tyson Terhune.
The expo is presented by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. It’s a free event, with donations being accepted for the Vermilion Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Fischer Theatre.
“We’re happy to partner with the city to promote (the expo),” said Phillip Langley, foundation board member.
The expo will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Harrison Park Golf Course’s golf shop. The shop has meeting and patio areas. Terhune said the expo was to be at Harrison Park Clubhouse at 1300 W. Voorhees St., but it was double booked for events. There will be signs directing people to the expo down the hill from the clubhouse to the golf course shop.
Terhune said in restoring a home himself, there are a lot of original windows that they want to keep and they don’t want to put up vinyl windows.
Residents might want to find a local contractor to help with windows, roofs, floors or a type of wallpaper or paint, he said.
“We’ve got five contractors who have agreed and are interested in coming,” Terhune said.
He said the expo will put them in one spot for people to ask questions about historically accurate restoration, set up times for meetings or even get a contractor scheduled to work on something.
“That was the main goal,” Terhune said, adding that vendors also have been added to the expo. He said there will be a small number of vendors, around four, selling antiques, restored, decorative and other vintage items.
Danville Public Library and Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society representatives also will be on hand to assist homeowners in researching their homes. There will be books people can look at and do some research.
“It really turned out to be a well-rounded type of event,” Terhune said about people having the chance to learn more about working on older homes, research the history of homes and get decorating ideas.
Terhune said the expo will start smaller and hopefully continue to grow in future years. The historic preservation commission could expand future expos to more preservation aspects, such as furniture, old documents and photos, he added. He said they could bring in frame shops, furniture dealers and others.
“We’re starting small and testing the waters,” Terhune said.
He added that the public is invited to attend this year’s expo to find out how to complete some personal home projects and visit the vendors and representatives.
The Historic Preservation Commission also is working on other projects, including a second round of Danville and Vermilion County trivia cards, with 30 new questions, to place at restaurants.