Brick + Beam Detroit

Repairing & Painting Historic Exteriors

Brick + Beam Event

9:30am on Sep 28 2019

Detroit--48207, Location to be provided 24hrs before workshop

We're excited to partner with Building Cooperatively to learn about rehabbing exterior wood siding onsite at a historic 1880s property. We’ll walk through assessing the exterior, removing paint, removing & replacing damaged clapboard, and re-painting! 

This day will be a mix of lectures and hands-on labs where you will have the chance to practice the skills needed to rehab wood clapboard! 
What we'll cover: 

  • Safety and area prep

  • Relevant notes on historic districts and permits

  • Basic assessment of exterior

  • Paint removal on clapboard

  • Removing damaged siding 
  • Replacing boards

  • Painting methods



All registrations include light breakfast and class supplies
Please note, you will be required to sign a safety waiver to participate in the class! 

Who is this class for:
Do you have wood clapboard on your home exterior? Do you live in the 48207 zip-- this class was made for you! 
Are you currently working on a historic, or older, home? Are you a life-long Detroiter hoping to improve the home you’ve been living in? Are you a prospective first-time home buyer and looking in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park? Have you already been working on homes for some time, but want to brush up on your skills? 
B+BD supports building rehab in Detroit by sharing knowledge, building talent, and providing access to the resources you need to get (or keep!) going.

About the Facilitators:

Building Cooperatively was conceived through a core group of invested attendees in the spring 2018 MHPN Living Trades Academy program held on King street in Detroit’s North End. Building Cooperatively is focused on equitable construction and historic preservation. The organization is committed to honoring and developing ethical business practices, providing competitive living wages to a growing labor force of skilled and unskilled working class Detroiters. With its foundation of community work and training  Building Cooperatively reflects empowerment through education, building with Detroit’s ever-present Historic Architecture and Detroit’s commitment to a majority black population. As a worker-owned cooperative, Building Cooperatively gives Ownership access opportunities, structured to encourage Detroiters to keep Building Cooperatively.


Phil Mayo currently works as an independent contractor in Detroit, doing exterior restoration and maintenance, and restores windows in his spare time. A painter by trade, Phil has been involved in preservation trades since relocating to Detroit in 2015. He is a member of the National Association of Window Restoration Specialists and an affiliate of the Window Preservation Alliance. When he’s not making old things new, Phil enjoys running, reading and supporting Tottenham Hotspur.




Event photo provided by Chloe Songalewski, Building Cooperatively 

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