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Preserving Historic Plaster Workshop

June 2, 2023 @ 9:00 am June 3, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Have you ever been curious about how to identify and repair historic plaster work in your home, workspace, or on a project? Join AARCH for this rare opportunity to both learn from master plasterer Richard Barrow and contribute to the ongoing restoration of the historic and iconic Graves Mansion in Au Sable Forks. Gain hands-on experience through learning to lay lathe, carefully mixing lime plaster, exploring application methods, and even trying your hand at some decorative plaster work. Come coat some lath and spend two-days learning the foundations of historic plaster repair from a master with over 35 years of experience and who has completed work from England’s Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace to the United States Capitol and the White House in Washington D.C.


This workshop is led by historic plaster expert and founder of Global Heritage Group, Richard Barrow with supplies and assistance from Jon Owens and Kari Eshleman from Lancaster Lime Works. This two-day workshop runs from 9 AM to 4 PM for both days.

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The fee is $135 for AARCH members and $150 non-members. This workshop requires pre-registration and is first come, first served. Lunch is generously provided for both days by Graves Mansion owner, Melinda Levens.