City/County Hosts Masonry Workshop

Megan Duvall, Historic Preservation Officer, 509.625.6543,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 4:28 p.m.

Sometimes, even the strongest buildings need some TLC. Mark Liebman, an expert in the field of investigative restoration and Senior Forensic Investigator for CASE Forensics, will give a free workshop, Preserving the Big Picture: Maintaining Historic Masonry and Wooden Buildings, on Oct. 8 and 9.

On Thursday, Oct. 8 in the City Hall Council Chambers, Liebman will discuss how our heritage buildings were constructed, what materials were used and how using time-tested maintenance and repair methodologies are often the best solution. He will explore the means and methods of construction of traditional masonry and wooden structures, the causes of structural and material deterioration and how to best address and repair the resultant damage. Following the lecture, Liebman will give an on-site presentation at the Genesee building downtown (which is limited to 20 people) on Friday, Oct. 9. The on-site presentation will address how to analyze a building envelope for signs of material degradation and structural distress.

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer, lover of architecture, mason, consultant, contractor, we hope to share a few ideas and insights that will guide your conservation, preservation or restoration efforts and ensure your historic assets are maintained for future generations. To register for the workshop or learn more about the event, check out

The workshop is presented through the joint efforts of the Historic Preservation Office for the City/County of Spokane, Spokane Preservation Advocates and AIA Spokane.

City Hall is located at 808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard. For more information about the workshop contact Megan Duvall at or via email at 509.625.6543.