The Boston Traditional Building Show – March 12-14

boston-trade-showIt’s the largest national event for tradespeople and enthusiasts interested in renovating, remodeling, and restoring historic homes, and this year it will be held in Boston from March 12th to the 14th. The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference offers a unique opportunity for more than 4,000 architects, contractors, builders, developers, planners, real estate professionals, and old-house owners to gather together in a forum that explores the profitability and sustainability of historic preservation and traditional building.

It’s just three weeks away- start planning your trip because you won’t want to miss this one. Here’s more on the event theme and what’s happening at the Exhibition from the Traditional Building website:

This years’s theme: Smart Solutions for a Challenging Market will address how traditional building skills and products can help you thrive in turbulent times. How you can turn historic tax credits into cash financing and how applying modern technology to historic buildings can be profitable, sustainable and responsible.

Talk one on one with experts and practitioners in workshops and seminars about:

  • Sustainability and Green Building Practices
  • Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • Residential Design
  • Traditional Trades
  • Preservation in Practice

See Live demonstrations of traditional trades in window restoration; plaster repair; ornamental ironwork and more. Visit with over 100 exhibitors who make and restore authentic, historically accurate products for traditional building, restoration, and renovation.


tradeshowsmFrom restoring windows to “greening” historic homes to applying for preservation tax credits, the Traditional Building Exhibition has it covered. There are sessions on the history of shutters,  on building dry stone walls, on historic plastering technique, and on hiding modern appliances so as to preserve the historic look. All in all, there are over 65 workshops and seminars. You’re sure to find something useful and valuable for your work with historic homes.

bostontradeshow2This is a huge event, and the price of admission reflects that. Single and multi-day packages include admissions to all of the seminars, workshops, and walking tours, as well as the exhibit hall, and those packages start at $195. You can visit the exhibit hall, with over 100 exhibitors and live trade demonstrations, and attend the keynote address for $20. If you register online, there is a discount for each package. In fact, if you register in advance online, you get exhibit hall and keynote address admission absolutely FREE !  

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