Thursday, April 23, 2009

Member Spotlight

Preservation Month is approaching! A special member and supporter who has recently made the floors at Rhodes Hall glow with a much needed treatment, Michael Purser will deliver a special lecture on restoring historic floors on May 13 at 6PM as part of the Georgia Trust's May lecture series. Join us every Wednesday in May at 6 for presentations on diverse topics in preservation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Originally from Charlotte, Michael grew up around the wood flooring trade and started his own company in Inman Park, one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods. These 100+ year old homes had been neglected and abused for decades and became the focal point of the rebirth of Atlanta's old and original tree lined suburbs. His interest in older homes prompted him to research and write about traditional methods and products used in refinishing wood floors over the ages.

He has spent over thirty five years working on nothing but old floors with his Rosebud Company and has developed considerable expertise at dealing with what he calls “high risk” floors. He restored the floors at our own Rhodes Hall almost eighteen years ago and recently refurbished them. He was also involved with The Wren’s Nest and this summer took part in the most talked about restoration in recent memory; James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier.

Michael's work and generosity have greatly benefited all of us here at the Trust. We salute his efforts, and we look forward to hearing his presentation, “The Case of the Vanishing Floors,” Wednesday, May 13 at 6PM in Rhodes Hall.

If you have questions about upcoming Preservation Month lectures, check our calendar of events or email

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