Baxendale Schoolhouse Workshops

Hands-on preservation trades learning opportunities with Preserve Montana’s restoration crew. Learn the art of preserving and maintaining historic buildings and structures while also helping fully restore the historic Baxendale Schoolhouse.

Historic Window Restoration Workshop

October 18, 25 & November 1, 2023 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

What You'll Learn

Windows are an essential feature on any historic building and properly maintained, they can last for hundreds of years. Participants will learn the techniques to fully restore and care for wood window sashes, from start to finish, as well as learn options for more energy efficiency.

The course will cover removing sash from their opening, stripping paint efficiently, repairs, cutting new glass, glazing techniques, hazardous materials to be on the lookout for, and the best performing traditional finishes to consider. We will also dive into options for sealing drafty windows, from the best weatherstripping products to interior and exterior storms. 

Replacement windows are just that – windows that need to be replaced every 20-30 years. There are plenty of options to keep existing wood windows and make them work for the occupants of a building. The steps to get there are surprisingly easy and straightforward. 


Mary Webb, Restoration Director, Preserve Montana

Emory Padgett, Restoration & Research Associate, Preserve Montana

Course Audience & Additional Details

The target audience is homeowners looking to fully restore their historic wood windows or make them more energy efficient and anyone looking to learn an interesting new skill!

Participants will receive a Preserve Montana t-shirt.

Funding from the Montana State Historic Preservation Office is allowing for reduced registration fees. The workshop is offered in partnership with Helena College and the workshop will be held at both the Helena College campus and the Baxendale Schoolhouse. Additional location details provided upon registration.


Registration is $65 per participant and is through the Helena College website. Click button below.

Our thanks to the Montana Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office for their generous support of this restoration workshop and Helena College for their partnership!