RESTORE: An Overview

RESTORE is a not-for-profit educational corporation that offers a range of innovative educational programs and services related to the technology of building conservation. Since 1976, RESTORE has provided workshops and courses on the technology of architectural preservation to building industry professionals who are directly responsible for the preservation and maintenance of our architectural heritage. Students include a cross section of design professionals, craftworkers, contractors, cultural resource managers, architectural conservators, preservationists as well as others in the field of building preservation.

The two core components of RESTORE'S educational programs are:

  • The RESTORE Course on Masonry Conservation is taught in New York City and meets one evening a week (ocaisionally two evenings), from January to June. In April and May, students participate in laboratory and field workshop sessions. RESTORE RESTOTE Lab at Pennstudents learn how to analyze and resolve complex conservation, restoration and maintenance problems they encounter daily. RESTORE takes a materials science approach to preservation maintenance. The information presented on materials and treatments is not only pertinent to the preservation and of existing structures, but is also important to the design, construction and maintenance of new structures.


  • RESTORE Workshops on Architectural Conservation Techniques offer an in-depth examination of specific issues relating to the latest conservation materials and methods. The workshops are designed to travel to various parts of the country and include the Series of Intensive Workshops that cover all aspects of masonry conservation. RESTORE Workshops last from two to three days and can be tailored to the needs of any organization. The portable laboratory enables RESTORE participants to gain hands-on experience in theidentification and basic analysis of materials and preservation treatments.

RESTORE Workshops are sponsored by architectural groups, government agencies, industry groups, labor unions and preservation organizations.Workshop topics include: the technology of cleaning masonry structures, the formulation of composite repair materials and mortar matching,the correct use of coatings and consolidants, the conservation of architectural terra cotta and the health and the environmental hazards inherent in restoration materials and processes.

All RESTORE curricula have been reviewed by the Professional Development Committee of the American Institute of Architects and RESTORE courses and workshops are eligible for AIA Continuing Education Learning Units. RESTORE is a not-for-profit educational corporation licensed by the Board of Regents of the University of New York State. RESTORE receives generous funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The RESTORE faculty is comprised of a team of nationally renowned architectural conservators, craftworkers, architects, engineers, chemists, geologists, and materials consultants, all of whom are actively engaged in architectural conservation, restoration and preservation maintenance work. RESTORE's diverse faculty enriches the curriculum with current research and case studies on preservation practices.

For its contribution to the field of preservation education, RESTORE has received awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Association for Preservation Technology International, the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.