may, 2018

17may6:30 pm8:30 pmRepair and Maintenance of Traditional Wood Windows6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Benvoulin Church & Reid Hall


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Benvoulin Church & Reid Hall

2279 Benvoulin Road

Event Details

Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Location:  Reid Hall, Benvoulin Heritage Park, 2279 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Cost:  Suggested Donation ~ $5.00

Seating limited

Windows often determine the ‘character’ of a building.  Since they are frequently altered, the approach to the conservation of windows is an important part of approaching building renovations. How can one balance historic integrity, current functional requirements, aesthetics and energy efficiency?

Please join us to learn how to repair and maintain wood windows on character and heritage buildings. This practical talk will show you how to take apart a window, how to make repairs, the tools needed, the importance of storm windows and weather proofing, and appropriate colours and paint on window sashes and frames.

After training and working as a wooden boat builder, Alasdair Smith has spent the last 25 years working on a variety of heritage buildings in several countries. For the last 12 years he has been based in Kelowna where he has restored, among other things, several buildings at Gellatly Nut Farm, the major part of Brent’s Grist Mill, numerous sash windows and the interior of St. Michael’s cathedral.

Robin Digby has worked as a building conservator for most of this millennium. In Kelowna he restored the windows of the Benvoulin Church. In East Coulee, AB, he spent over a decade as head building conservator at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, working on everything from tunnels to tipples.  For his glazing, he mixes his own putty – about 200 pounds in the last 5 years.

For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact

COHS at 250-861-7188 or email at

 This talk is sponsored by: Heritage Homes + Historic Luxury Property Specialists



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