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Historic Masonry Workshop and Tour
May 9

At the John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA.

In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, the Fauquier County Community Development Department and Architectural Review Board will host a Historic Masonry Workshop and “bricks & mortar” Walking Tour of historic buildings in downtown Warrenton. Learn about pointing, mortar and cleaning of historic brick and stone masonry, as well as the maintenance and repair of brick chimneys. Common masonry problems and repair and maintenance solutions will also be discussed.


1:00-3:00p – Craftsman Open House
Brick Laying Demonstrations and Builder Exhibits (Will take place on the north side of John B. Payne Building.)

1:30-3:30p – Presentations:

1:30-2:00p – Brick Construction Yesterday and Today
Presented by Jack LaMonica, AIA, a historic rehabilitation and custom residential architect, this presentation will cover the history of brick construction and the how the nature of masonry construction can sometimes lead directly to condition issues.

2:00-2:30p – Dickens to Poppins: Chimney Folklore & Care
Presented by Billy Lancaster, a professional chimney sweep, who will speak about the care of chimneys – what makes a chimney operate well and problems that arise over time.

2:30-3:00p – Open House Demonstrations
Professional masons, builders and material suppliers will be available on the plaza for demonstrations and exhibits and to discuss specific masonry problems. Participate in brick laying and learn about the process of making mortar.

3:00-3:30p – The Repair & Maintenance of Brick Buildings
Presented by John Friedrichs, a professional mason and Preservation Trades Network member, who will speak about diagnosing common condition problems for historic brick buildings and the best way to repair them.     

3:30-4:30p – A Mason’s Tour of Historic Warrenton
A guided walking tour of historic buildings seen from a mason’s perspective, this tour will use various downtown Warrenton buildings to examine the history of the built environment and provide participants with a hands-on understanding of the utility and sustainability of historic brick and stone buildings. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating condition of masonry structures, diagnosing problems and considering techniques for repair. (Meet in front of John B. Payne Building.)

The workshop/tour is offered by the Fauquier County Community Development Department and Architectural Review Board free of charge. Open to the public. Reservations are not required. For questions, contact Wendy Wheatcraft, Preservation Planner, Community Development at (540) 422-8210 or

3.5 AIA HSW LUs.