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Meet the experts at Old House Expo

If you need a little local inspiration to get you moving on your home renovation project, visit the Old House Expo on Saturday, February 6 at the Kansas City Museum for a day packed with speakers, exhibits and resources on restoring historic houses.

Attendees will learn how to repair plaster, restore windows, insulate for energy efficiency and choose historic color schemes. Historic Kansas City and the Young Preservationists KC are hosting the annual event to encourage residents to invest in rehabilitating and renovating historic homes.

The event includes an exhibit hall with vendors, contractors, banks, architects and other professional and nonprofit services.

You can also research the history of your house at the Historic Kansas City booth. Attendees can get onsite help finding tax assessor photos and searching other online resources.

Schedule of Events:

9:30 a.m.: Exhibit Hall Opens

10 am: Keynote Speaker

Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development and host of American Rehab: Buffalo on HGTV and DIY Network, will present Preservation 2.0: Combating the Vacancy Vortex. Her preservation and rehab work has been featured in the New York Times, Atlantic Cities, Huffington Post, TedX and HGTV.

11a.m. – 5 p.m.: Education Sessions

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • 20 Years of Learning, Restoring the Kansas City Museum. Speaker: International Architects Atelier
  • Old House Challenges and Opportunities. Speaker: Jonas Brothers, Inc.

1 – 2 p.m.

  • What You Need to Know about Historic Chimney Restoration. Speaker: Marge Padgitt, Hearthmasters
  • The W.A. Pickering Mansion Restoration at 20 Janssen Place. Speaker: Eric Piper, Piper-Wind Architects

2 – 3 p.m.

  • Period Color Schemes and Curb Appeal Renovations. Speaker: Paul Helmer, Touch of Distinction
  • Window Restoration-20 Shades of Green! Speaker: Scott Busch, Old Time Window Repair and Restoration

3 – 4 p.m.

  • Cheap Things a Homeowner Can Do to Improve Energy Efficiency. Speaker: Mike O’Connell, The Hayes Company
  • Rehabbing Homes, Building Neighborhoods. Speaker: Habitat for Humanity Kansas City

4 – 5 p.m.

  • Plaster Repair Workshop. Speaker: Plasterkraft and Mural Masters, LLC
  • These Walls Were Made for Talking: How to Research the History of your House in Jackson County. Speaker: David Jackson

5 – 6 p.m.: Happy Hour with Bernice Radle on Home Rehab Reality TV: Fact vs Fiction about her experience filming the show.

Exhibitors include Architectural Craftsman, Art From Architecture, Commerce Bank, Drew Gilmore – Chartwell Kansas City Realty, Habitat for Humanity Kansas City ReStore, The Hayes Company, Historic Preservation Commission, Historic Kansas City, Hearthmasters, Jonas Brothers Inc, Marvin Window and Doors, McCray Lumber, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Neighborhood Housing Services of KCMO, Northeast Kansas City Historical Society, Old Time Window Repair and Restoration, Plasterkraft and Mural Masters, Seal Smart, LLC, Stonegate Mortgage, Sturgis Materials, Touch of Distinction Color and Design and more.

This event will be held 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. Tickets are $20 per person.

Attendees can bring their own lunch, or purchase a $10 box lunch at time of registration. A cash bar will be available at the happy hour event.

For more information and to register, visit

Top photo: House Entrance / CC BY

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