HCC to offer curriculum on building preservation

Harford Community College is offering a new program, Building Preservation and Restoration, which will prepare students for a career in historic preservation.

The Building Preservation and Restoration program, being offered in the fall semester, leads to the Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Technical/Professional Studies and will focus upon the proper ways to research, investigate, evaluate and carry out restoration and maintenance on historic structures. Emphasis is placed on the use of theory and practice to address preservation issues and problems such as conservation, sustainability, technique and treatment of historic structures.


Four courses will be offered. Introduction to Historic Preservation is a three-credit course offered from 12:45 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Wednesdays. Students will examine the history and theory of historic preservation in the United States.

Historic Research and Documentation is a three-credit course to be held from 12:45 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. Thursdays. The course includes techniques of historic research using deed searches, oral interviews, written histories, photographs, tax records, Sanborn maps and other sources. Students will visit and document a local historic site.


History of Building Materials and Technology, a three-credit course offered from 6 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Tuesdays, focuses on historic building materials including materials and techniques used to construct buildings from Colonial times to the present.

Shop Safety -- Use of Power and Hand Tools is a two-credit course offered from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Thursdays focusing on power and hand tools used for basic house construction and carpentry.

Students may register for courses through Sept. 2 online, by mail or by fax. Registration forms may be downloaded from the college's Web site: In addition, continuous walk-in registration is held at Student Services in the Student Center. For more information, call 410-836-4107.

Coordinating the Building Preservation and Restoration program is Rhonda L. Deeg, originally from Michigan. A new resident of Harford County, Deeg moved from Wisconsin where she was in charge of the maintenance coordination of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin estate.

Any questions about preservation and restoration program can be directed to Deeg at 410-836-4000, Ext. 7415.