Traditional Building Conference

Previous Events: Boston 2007


More than 4,000 architects, contractors, trades people, artisans, building owners, facility managers, developers, and homeowners from around the world convened in Boston, March 7-10, for the spring Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference. These professionals and enthusiasts participated in 88 educational workshops, architectural tours, and seminars and enjoyed 200 exhibits on the trade show floor.

A new education track on sustainable building practices in historic preservation was particularly popular. A new residential series of programs attracted record numbers. Designed to serve the educational needs of both homeowners and professionals, the residential series featured two sub-tracks: one on residential restoration and one on building a new old house. The series covered everything from basic project planning to the subtle details of classical and vernacular house types.

Commercial restoration and renovation had their own track as well. It featured projects with national significance, presented by well-known preservation professionals. Best practices were conveyed by the work done on a wide range of projects, including Boston’s famed Trinity Church and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Exhibitors offered a full range of products and services for work on historic buildings and period-inspired new buildings. Many exhibitors put on live demonstrations. Decorative painting, hardware, lighting, window replacement, masonry products, paints, and wallpapers were among the most prominent categories exhibited.

The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference's second annual Design Challenge featured a design competition for a new house in the Old Kings Highway Historic District on Cape Cod. The winner was Frank Shirley of Frank Shirley Architects. The event’s co-sponsors included Restore Media’s Old-House Journal’s New Old House magazine, the American Institute of Building Design, and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America.

The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference is produced by Restore Media, LLC. For more information about the event, visit

Restore Media, LLC serves the information needs of professionals and enthusiasts in the historic restoration, renovation, and period-inspired new construction markets, both residential and commercial. It publishes Clem Labine’s Traditional Building, Clem Labine’s Period Homes, and a growing group of related Web sites, including, an on-line, searchable database of custom building and preservation service providers.


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