Historic Homes Workshop
2017 Presenters

Steve Quillian, Wood Window Makeover, LLC

Steve Quillian, Wood Window Makeover, LLC
Founder, Preservationist, Craftsman, Tampa, FL

Steve’s first construction job was digging post holes in the crawl spaces under houses in the San Antonio, Texas historic districts.

He apprenticed under the best woodworkers in Texas learning the fine points of high end trim work, doors and windows, preservation carpentry, cosmetic repair, and even rough framing.

He led the way on a variety of fantastic projects before he moved to Tampa, where he met his beautiful wife, Shelley and started a family. New to the area in 2003, he worked hanging doors, remodeling and restoring homes, made custom built-ins, windows, doors, and even outlandish children’s beds and furniture.

When he couldn’t find anyone to make parts he needed to restore the historic windows for an investment property, he learned to make the parts and Wood Window Makeover was born. He made it his business to know everything there is to know about historic windows, discovering an untapped passion for historic preservation in the process. Wood Window Makeover not only restores windows, but provides historic window parts for window restoration projects all over the country. Desiring to give back and pass on what he’s learned, he started the Historic Homes Workshop in Tampa and leads preservation workshops throughout the year.

Craig Bennett, Bennett Preservation Engineering

Craig Bennett, Bennett Preservation Engineering
PE, President, Structural Engineer, Charleston, SC

Craig Bennett is the founder and president of Bennett Preservation Engineering PC. He is a structural engineer with undergraduate degrees in both civil engineering and architecture, and a graduate degree in structural engineering. For the past 25 years, his focus has been on structural engineering for historic structures, but his experience also includes design of new structures of all sizes, including several early years in the design of high-rise hotels and office buildings. Bennett’s particular strength is in the structural evaluation, repair, rehabilitation, and restoration of existing structures, with a specialization in historic preservation. His work regularly involves assessment of the causes of structural distress or failure and the design of rehabilitative measures. Bennett is a former faculty member in the College of Architecture and the School of Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is currently adjunct faculty in the joint Clemson University / College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Charleston Museum and past chairman of the City of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review.


Jim Nelson, Mon-Ray, Inc.
Sales Manager

Jim Nelson is Sales Manager with Mon-Ray, Inc., manufacturer of Mon-Ray Secondary Glazing Products, DeVAC Aluminum Windows and Glass Walls Porch Enclosures. Over the past 24 years with the Company, Jim has worked with residential and commercial building owners, architects, designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and Authorized Dealers, to assure project goals are achieved. He has been involved in all aspects of projects, from measuring, detailing and product selection to specifications and project management. For over 70 years, Mon-Ray, Inc., based in Minneapolis, MN, has been recognized for establishing high performance standards (air leakage, water resistance, structural load and acoustical.) The Company focuses on three specific marketing areas; Historic Preservation, Energy Conservation and Sound Abatement.

Ray Brown, Dixie Walesbilt Hotel

Ray Brown, Dixie Walesbilt Hotel
Owner, Developer, Member of RAVENS

Acquiring the Dixie Walesbilt hotel in Lake Wales, FL in 2011, he’s worked to save it ever since.  One driving force behind Ray is a strong believe that people are more civilized that civilization is better in restored buildings.  “they can bring us together, help us celebrate life and better interact with each other. Go to any great architectural site and watch the hushed tones people speak in and how civilized they interact with each other.”

He was raised thru elementary school in Phoenix and began “selective deconstruction” of historic buildings with father in early 70’s. He studied drafting for three years in high school in Washington State and attended Washington State University where he studied Architecture and graduated with a business degree, restoring antique cars while he was there. Although he’s been all over the world conducting business in various arenas, he recently refocused his efforts on the architectural restoration of the Walesbilt Hotel.

Angel Corrales, My Old House Restoration

Angel Corrales, My Old House Restoration (MOHR)
Owner, Preservationist, Jacksonville, FL

Angel Corrales grew up in a historic district of Jacksonville, Florida, and has worked in the historic preservation industry for 11 years.  With a research-based focus, he uses simple and sustainable solutions for protecting history while meeting modern homeowner needs. Specializing in windows, Angel was chosen in 2011 as an assistant to the National Window Preservation Summit held in Kentucky, where he played a critical role in the energy testing of historic windows. This inaugural summit resulted in the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative book- the first comprehensive analysis of best practices.

Christine Dalton, Historic Preservation Officer/Community Planner at City of Sanford

Christine Dalton, Historic Preservation Officer/Community Planner at City of Sanford 
AICP Certified, Orlando, FL

Christine Dalton, AICP is the Historic Preservation Officer and Community Planner for the City of Sanford. She has an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College, a B.A. in Environmental and Growth Management Studies from Rollins College, and an A.S. in Architectural Design and Construction Technology from Seminole State College. She is a member of the American Planning Association, National Trust and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She approaches historic preservation with a keen eye towards sustainability and the environment.

Bill Hunter, Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association

Bill Hunter, Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association

Bill is a native Floridian and has lived in Tampa since 1970.  He has never lived in a house younger than himself and currently shares a 1920 Japanese bungalow with his husband, Terry.  Before purchasing their current home in 2014, they lived in a 1929 bungalow which they gradually restored over a span of years.  

Bill is retired from the Veterans Administration where he worked as a benefits counselor for nearly 40 years, spending the last nine years working with the combat injured at the polytrauma center at Tampa VA Hospital.  He lives in Seminole Heights, a suburb of Tampa built mainly in the teens and twenties, has been a member of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association since 1989, and a board member since 1993.  

He has attended two previous Wood Window Makeover workshops and is looking forward to this one.

Ty McBride

Ty McBride, Wood Window Rescue
Founder, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

We exist to inspire homeowners in Oklahoma City to preserve, restore and save the old wood windows of their home. We do this by offering wood window sash restoration services that give window sashes new life, make them operational and use modern technology to increase efficiency. We also have a desire to inspire homeowners across Oklahoma to take action, take the project into their own hands by offering the tools, materials and training needed for a homeowner to restore their own windows. Simply put, our mission is to save every wood window in Oklahoma.

“Historic wood windows were designed to be repaired…not replaced.”

Jo-Anne Peck, Preservation Resource, Inc.

Jo-Anne Peck, Preservation Resource, Inc.
Historic Preservation Consultant, Tampa, FL

Jo-Anne Peck is a Historic Preservation Consultant that has focused on Florida history and architecture for nearly 20 years. Starting in 1999, she began working on the Tampa Interstate Study project which involved the relocation and renovation of 64 historic buildings with Ybor City, Tampa Heights, and West Tampa. Having realized her ultimate preservation project, she and her husband took a side path and created Historic Shed, a custom outbuilding design-build company that creates attractive garden sheds, garages and cottages that complement historic homes.

Ms. Peck has an undergraduate degree in Building Science, a Master’s of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation and is a licensed Florida Building Contractor. She has found designing and building little structures even more fun than expected.

Scott Sidler, Austin Home Restorations & The Craftsman Blog Historic Preservationist, Author and Blogger committed to saving old buildings

Scott Sidler, Austin Home Restorations & The Craftsman Blog Historic Preservationist, Author and Blogger committed to saving old buildings
Orlando, FL

Scott, the bestselling author of two books, Living in the Past and Old Windows Made Easy, has been restoring historic buildings since the late 1990s. He is a third generation painter, master glazier, plasterer and carpenter with a wide breadth of knowledge about historic design and construction techniques. A licensed contractor, owning and operating Austin Home Restorations in Orlando, Florida, he’s restored historic buildings throughout the state of Florida since 2010.

He started his now famous website TheCraftsmanBlog.com to teach and empower others.  It is filled with content to help homeowners care for, restore, and understand their historic homes. The site has over 1 million annual readers making it one of the most visited historic preservation websites in the world. He graduated from Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University in Texas.

Steel Windows: Steel windows are an incredibly long lived and resilient feature on a lot of older homes. Particularly prevalent on Tudor Revivals and Mid-Century homes. The windows are not as complex as most people think and can be restored in much the same way as wood windows with a few minor differences. In this class you’ll learn the techniques and supplies you’ll need to not only restore but upgrade the energy efficiency and security features of your steel windows.

Amy Swift, Building Hugger

Amy Swift, Building Hugger
Owner, Detroit, Michigan

Working under the pseudonym Building Hugger, Amy is an entrepreneur in the construction and preservation trades industry with a focus on scalable methods, finding room for preservation in Detroit’s unorthodox real estate markets.

As a Professor of Practice at Lawrence Technological University, her fieldwork informs her developing academic theories, exploring the roles of marketing, materials, temporality, and capital markets in shifting urban landscapes.

Amy studied Architecture at Kent State, holds a BS in Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. She has worked previously in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

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