Workshop to center on color, painting of historic buildings

Contributing writer

A workshop focused on color and painting for historic homes and buildings will held Tuesday, March 27, in the basement meeting room of the Oil City Library.

Sponsored by the Oil City Main Street program, the 6:30 to 8 p.m. workshop is open and free to the public.

The program on “Balancing Then and Now: Color and Painting for Historic Buildings and Homes” is an initiative launched by the Main Street design committee. Barbara Pierce, a professional color consultant for CJ Hurley Century Arts, will present the program.

Pierce will discuss the importance of understanding architecture and the proper placement of color for exterior painting. The presentation will also include how to “honor the history of a … building while also respecting the personality and wishes of the modern-day owners.”

Color selection tips, how to review painting bids, illustrations of old-home styles and historic periods, choosing a painter and more will be included in the talk. Much of the program will focus on single-family, residential homes. However, there will be examples of properly painted, multifamily and commercial buildings.

Noting the area has a “vast inventory of historic homes and buildings,” Kathy Bailey, Main Street manager, said those “are part of the character that defines a community.”

“… One of the design committee’s goals is to encourage and advocate for historic preservation and sound stewardship of downtown buildings,” said Bailey.

Advance registration for the workshop should be made by Friday, March 23, to the Oil City Main Street program office at (814) 677-3152, Ext. 101, or via email at