MADISON, NJ — Have you ever wondered about the history that surrounds your home or town’s historic district? Would you like to understand the cultural and intellectual currents that led to the Victorian Revival Style or the Arts and Crafts movement? What’s the difference between vernacular and high-style architecture? Wouldn’t it be terrific to walk through old city streets confident you can identify important architectural features and embellishments? Or, how about learning to repair or replace historical windows?

Classes and workshops in Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate program, which will offer answers to these and other questions, begin September 17. These courses are open to all preservation enthusiasts, whether you want to earn a certificate or simply take a course for personal or professional interest, Drew’s 2012 – 2013 offerings represent a great opportunity to begin or continue your studies. The registration deadline for full term classes starting in September is Wednesday, September 5.

Whether you select a one-day workshop or a ten-week course, you can easily join this unique program. Classes are designed for anyone interested in the field of preservation: home owners, members of historic preservation commissions, town planners, attorneys and engineers. Also benefitting are real estate professionals, volunteers at historic sites, architects, developers and contractors, designers, and artisans in the construction field.

Drew offers a distinguished faculty who are experts in their fields, interactive classes, and a blending of theoretical and practical applications. This fall’s course offerings include:

Introduction to Historic Preservation
Mondays, September 17-November 12, 7–9 pm

This course provides a foundation for understanding preservation issues, terminology, and public policy. Through discussions on the history and guiding principles of historic preservation, the class explores the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, National and State Register programs, preservation techniques, and the overall benefits of historic preservation. Instructor: Margaret Newman Required for the certificate. $465

History of American Interiors: 1830-1950, Part 2
Tuesdays, September 18-November 13, 7:30
9:30 pm

The elaborate decoration of the Victorian Revival Styles, the functional simplicity of the Arts and Crafts movement, the elegant, streamlined Art Deco style and the casual comfort of mid-century modernism: what are the defining characteristics of these styles and how do they reflect their times and inhabitants?

This course looks at the domestic environment in America with an emphasis on interiors in New Jersey and the stylistic changes and movements in the decorative arts. In addition, the historic and social contexts of the interiors are considered by exploring themes such as the effects of technological change, historic events and the activities and functions of members of the household.

No prerequisite required. Instructor: Jennifer Scanlan $465

Survey of Vernacular Architecture in New Jersey
Wednesdays, September 19-November 14, 7-9 pm

As an exploration of the traditional and vernacular architecture of New Jersey this course is both a complement to, and an antidote for, a traditional American architecture class. Vernacular architecture is “building without architects”, based upon familiar forms and local materials. Pure vernacular architecture describes place, while high-style architecture describes time. Much of the story of New Jersey, and American architecture, is the negotiation between these two opposites.

Vernacular architecture covers traditional building types brought from Europe to the distinct settlement areas of New Jersey’s colonial communities. It covers houses, outbuildings, and landscape features, built according to methods passed down from generation to generation. It includes the 19th century with a study of building plans copied from books and magazines, and extends into the 20th century with a look at “kit” houses and commercial buildings. Instructor: Janet W. Foster $465


Resurrecting Historical Burial Grounds: Interpreting & Preserving NJ’s Historical Cemeteries Saturday, Saturday, October 27, 9 am-4 pm

This day-long workshop provides an introduction to the care and restoration of historic burial grounds. Participants will learn how to safely reset a leaning marker, create a new base for a grave marker, and appropriately clean historic grave markers. The focus is on simple, minimally invasive techniques advocated by the Association for Gravestone Studies. Suggestions regarding cemetery maintenance will also be made. Participants will work in small teams and should be able to work outdoors. A resource packet will also be provided for students. Instructors: Richard Veit & Mark Nonestied $115

Historic Windows Workshop
Thursday & Tuesday , October 4 & 9, 7-9 pm; Saturday, October 6, 9 am-4 pm

In historic buildings windows are not only important architectural features, they are also critical parts of the weather envelope and invariably need some work. This three-session course is designed to help attendees understand the design and construction of the major windows in use from the colonial era to the 1940s, as well as gain some experience in the basic skills for maintaining and restoring them.

The workshop will cover the architectural history of windows and examine window parts. Practical issues, beginning with demonstrations of various repair techniques on an actual wood sashes, removing frozen sashes, renewing cord-and-weight balances, and making woodwork repairs will be explored. Saturday afternoon the class will break into groups and investigate various hands-on techniques such as glazing sash with putty, cutting glass, and working with epoxies. The last evening session will cover the history and operation of steel windows as well as contemporary issues such as storm windows and energy conservation.

Instructor: Gordon Bock $230

Space is limited in all courses so register now to avoid disappointment! Registration deadline for full term classes starting in September is Wednesday, September 5. Call Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at 973/408-3185 for a brochure and registration information or visit our web site at