Monday, June 22, 2009

Gonna get me Shotgun and... Rehab it!

Reinventing the Shotgun House for Contemporary Living: A Workshop for Fans and Friends of the Shotgun

"I love shotgun houses. But I don't want to walk from the front to the back without going through all of the rooms!"

Ron Stiller, local architect with special interest in historic buildings says a shotgun's interior can be changed to accommodate today's living styles. And on Tuesday, June 30, if you attend our workshop, you can learn to redesign the interior of a shotgun house for contemporary living while leaving the exterior in tact. Attend "Reinventing the Shotgun House for Contemporary Living" at Carnegie Center, 201 E Spring Street, New Albany, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Ron Stiller, himself a shotgun house owner, explains how room additions can sensitively accommodate today’s living styles without sacrificing architectural character. Ron shows examples of designs for installing stairs to a second floor, solving problems of privacy, the cost of changing the interior design, and how modifications can conserve energy.

Real estate broker Ed Clere discusses from a real estate appreciation and sale perspective how to evaluate a shotgun house and its renovation to maximize its value.

The workshop -- free and open to the public – requires reservations by calling Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana – 812 284- 4534. Sponsors: Historic Landmarks Foundation and Develop New Albany.

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the largest statewide or local preservation group in the U.S., saves, restores, and protects places of architectural and historical significance. From its ten offices, Historic Landmarks leads and assists others in rescuing endangered landmarks and preserving buildings and districts. Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is a private, not-for-profit organization. For more information, call Historic Landmarks, 317-639-4534/800-450-4534 or visit

Develop New Albany, Inc., a non-profit organization composed of businesses and community volunteers commits its resources to the economic revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown New Albany. For more information, call Develop New Albany, 812-941-0018 or 812-949-4900, or visit

Submitted by Judy Martin, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana

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