Center for Coastal Heritage to Offer Rising Damp Symposium

Time/Date: 9am-4pm Friday, October 25; 9am-3pm Saturday, October 26
Location: Sam Houston Room, Tremont House Hotel (2300 Avenue C, Galveston, TX 77550)
Price: $50 student registration; $75 early bird registration until 9/30/13

(August 15, 2013) – Galveston Historical Foundation’s Center for Coastal Heritage (CCH) will be hosting a two day symposium focusing on the challenges surrounding rising damp as it affects the surface and structural integrity of historic buildings on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2013. Reservations for the two day symposium are $50 per person and can be made at or by calling Michael Guillot, Sustainability Coordinator, at 409.765.3423. The event will be held in the Sam Houston Room of the Tremont House Hotel at 2300 Avenue C on Galveston Island.

“This symposium will bring professionals within their respected fields to Galveston Island to speak about factors contributing to rising damp and the different treatments available,” states Michael Guillot, Sustainability Coordinator. “The information produced through this symposium will be organized and published as a companion guide for builders, conservators, preservations, and homeowners.”

The discussion panel will be moderated by architect and UTSA College of Architecture Senior Lecturer Rick Lewis. After the completion of this symposium, participants will be able to properly identify rising damp, understand the variety of approaches toward source remediation, and recognize many of the larger environmental effects contributing to its process. The information produced through this symposium will be organized and published as a companion guide and also be made available online through the GHF website.

Confirmed speakers are:

Eric Doehne — Eric Doehne is a professor, heritage scientist and consultant specializing in historic materials, such as ancient pigments, ceramics and stone.  He holds a B.S. in geology from Haverford College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California, Davis.

Chris Hutson — Over the course of his 24-year career, Chris Hutson has served as Project Architect on numerous rehabilitation and restoration projects throughout Texas. After graduating from the University of Houston in 1989, he began his professional career in Galveston, where his preservation experience was first honed. 

Patrick Sparks — Patrick Sparks is president of Sparks Engineering, Inc. in Round Rock, Texas, a consulting engineering firm specializing in the investigation, analysis, and rehabilitation of existing structures.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Georgia Tech. 

Jimmy Price — With over 40 years’ experience in commercial, residential, and historic masonry, Jimmy Price is owner and president of Virginia Lime Works.  His business specializes in Natural Hydraulic Lime and pre-mixed lime mortars, with a focus on the preservation of historic masonry.

For more information please call Michael Guillot, Sustainability Coordinator, at 409.765.3423 or email