It's time for Restore Omaha 2014.
Homeowners who want to restore old houses or interested citizens who want to see what projects are happening in Omaha look forward to this annual event. This year, the conference and exhibition kicks off with a reception at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. In addition to food and drink, conference presenters will be on hand to visit with attendees and a film on the behind-the-scenes renovation work at Burlington Station will be shown.
For safety reasons, guests cannot tour the inside of the Burlington at this time. But people who attend the Friday reception will receive vouchers for a sneak peak at the station before it opens to the public.
On Saturday, there will be exhibits and programs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community College South Campus, 27th and Q Streets. Special guest is Gordon Bock, former editor of “Old-House Journal.” His two talks will be “The Vintage House: Ideas for Sensitive Additions and Successful Upgrades” and “Historic Kitchens: What Time Is Your Kitchen?”
Other presentations include:
» “We Did It!” Micah and Jennifer Evans talk about restoring their 19th century house in the Gerald Ford Birthsite neighborhood.
» “Preservation Palettes and the History of Paint in America” with James Bergevin, the Sherwin-Williams Co.
» “Exterior Wood and What to Do” and “Painting, Pointers and a Little More” with David Lawrence, Lawrence Paint Co.
» “Coarse, Medium, Fine,” woodworking with Ben Peterson, craftsman and founder of Bench — The People's Workshop.
» “Facts and Fiction About Window Restoration and Replacement” with Brooks Gentleman, Re-View.
» “Furnishing the Mid-Century Modern Home” with interior designer Nancy Novak and antiques dealer Jackie Sterba.
» “Minne Lusa: The Development of a Suburban Neighborhood” with Jennifer Honebrink, American Institute of Architects.
» “Historic Roofing and Architectural Metal Systems” with Robert Raleigh Jr., Renaissance Roofing Inc.
» “Historical Landscapes of Nebraska” with Bob Henrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
» “The Architecture of Donald P. Polsky” with historian Travis Sing.
Attendees can see the progress or visions on Omaha restoration projects in “Omaha Federal Building Re-Imagined,” “Station to Station: The Ongoing Journey of a Building” (Burlington Station) and “Under the Dome: From the Riviera to the Astro ... to the Rose.”
From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., attendees will be invited to share, in five minutes or less, their own restoration projects.
Admission for both the Friday reception and Saturday conference is $60. It's $40 for the conference only and $25 for the reception only. Pre-register at www.restoreomaha.org or 402-679-5854.