These Doctors Pay House Calls

Do you pride yourself on the age of your home? Is it always something that you enjoy telling people that you meet? Maybe it is just me but, I try to work into most conversations that my home was built in 1907. My name is Allison and I am a house nerd. I often find that it is a way to connect with others; it is like being a part of the cool kids club, “Oh you have a century home too? When was yours built?” Our community is built of beautiful aging homes that have a certain “je ne sais quois” about them. We are so proud of our housing stock and we need to work to continue to maintain and sustain them.

LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood Historical Society understand that feeling of pride in our historic homes and have worked together to present the Building Doctor series here in Lakewood. The Building Doctor series will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 26 and 27. The Thursday evening session will be held at the University of Akron, Lakewood, 14725 Detroit Avenue from 7-9 p.m. The lecture will focus on caring for older buildings, including ways to recognize and solve such common old-building problems like peeling paint, failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, damaged wood, window repair and many other topics. The Building Doctors are experts on old-building maintenance and repairs, and bringing older buildings/houses back to life without sacrificing features that make it appealing. This learning opportunity will be followed by the Building Doctors making house calls.

On Friday, June 27th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the Building Doctors will be making their rounds to homes and businesses throughout Lakewood. The Building Doctors visit all kinds of buildings built before 1955. They will examine problems and prescribe cures so sign up to have the Building Doctors visit your home or business. The consultations are free but the number is limited so register early. The Building Doctor is a program of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, a division of Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society).

Call 1-800-499-2470 or visit  to register for the workshop on the 26th and/or schedule a Building Doctor visit on Friday, 27th. Also, feel free to give me a call at LakewoodAlive 216-521-0655 or email with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at these great events and don’t be surprised when I ask you, “What year was your house built?”

Allison Urbanek

Allison Urbanek is the Housing Outreach Director for LakewoodAlive. Allison is a housing advocate and enjoys working with homeowners to help make homeownership easier. She and her husband live in Lakewood and love being a part of the Lakewood community.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.10.2014