Construction of early chimneys, fireplaces
Thomaston — The Thomaston Historical Society will feature an expert in the field of historic restoration Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.
Richard Irons, mason and speaker, will tell the story of how early chimneys and fireplaces were constructed and evolved. Irons has more than 38 years of experience as a professional masonry contractor and consultant. He specializes in historic, period restorations and authentic reproductions. He and his work have been featured in numerous publications including Early American Homes. Old House Journal’s New Old House, Old- House Interiors, and Old-House Interiors’ Early Homes. He has lectured widely throughout New England on various topics related to masonry preservation and restoration.
Irons was awarded the Maine Historic Preservation Award in 1998 for “his excellence in historic restoration, his craftsmanship and dedication to the preservation of Maine’s irreplaceable architectural history.” He is the first tradesperson ever to receive this award.
The lecture begins promptly at 7:30 p.m., but please join at 7 p.m. to meet Irons and enjoy some refreshments prior to the program. This program is open to the public free of charge.