Teaching the trades that preserve history

GOOD OLD SKILLS: Chris Von Heon, center, owner of Von Heon and Daughters Fine Finishes, and Marguerite Keyes, far left, finishing specialist at Heritage Restoration Inc., teach restoration carpentry to Providence Preservation Society trainees working on the 18th-century John Carter House at 21 Meeting St. in spring 2021. COURTESY PROVIDENCE PRESERVATON SOCIETY

The request sounded simple enough: repair a heating and ventilation system stymied by a broken fan. But when The Armory Revival Co. recently fielded this call from a potential client, the property owner had already had several suppliers decline the project. The building owner “had called four HVAC suppliers, and they all said, ‘I’m not

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