Bob Yapp – noted preservationist, teacher, and consultant – joined the Practical Preservation Podcast to discuss his extensive work and experiences in the field of preservation. We covered multiple topics, including:
- Bob’s background in preservation, from being a school-aged child whose father taught him what it means to be the steward of an old home, to buying and preserving his first home as a high school student, and eventually earning a syndicated television role on PBS in the 1990s
- His continued focus on hands-on preservation and restoration coupled with consultation, teaching, and project management
- His mission to save traditional artisan trades via national workshops and his Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation
- The ways in which preservation is economically – “preservation doesn’t cost-it pays” – and environmentally beneficial
- Although preservation is very unique and made of a diverse workforce, the field needs to do more to bring in people of color, and to be more accessible to the average owner of old homes
Email – [email protected]
Phone – 217-474-6052
Bob believes that apprenticeships and trade skills are essential – you can visit his website for more information about his Belevedere School for Hands-On Preservation and national workshops here and here.
If you’re interested in consultation with Bob, you can visit his website and click the “consult” tab.