My academic training is in Art, Architecture and Urban Studies. I have been the lead Architect on many historic preservation projects over the past 27 years. I also have experience working with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), for which I surveyed and prepared documentation for historic buildings in northeastern Connecticut.
My experience includes renovation projects for my own architectural practice, Olshesky Design Group, LLC (ODG), in which I renovate and design historically sympathetic additions to historic buildings for the private sector and the federal government. ODG’s preservation projects include healthcare facilities, memorials, offices, recreational facilities, theaters, and residences. All these projects require a thorough understanding of the Secretary of the interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation and the provisions of the federal Historic Preservation Act, as Amended (NHPA). I am thoroughly grounded in both the design and structural aspects of rehabilitation work and have as well a broad knowledge of Maryland vernacular building forms, techniques, materials, and detailing.
I purchased the Samuel L. Byrne House at 801 Locust Street (corner of Locust & Choptank) in 2007, and have been spending weekends rehabilitating it with the help of others. The house has needed extensive renovation work, including the rebuilding of the foundation, repair of the historic timber structure and new joists and/or sistering existing joists, a new roof and restoration of the siding. We restored the interior of the residence to its original footprint, as it had been broken up into three apartments. We are currently restoring the historic windows and sidewalks. Our next effort is to reconstruct a historic barn on the property, which has been moved from an area that has seen more flooding recently.
I served as a Commissioner on the Cambridge Historic Preservation Commission for five years. Maryland has many beautiful historic districts with a rich cultural heritage and as a MAHDC Director, I look forward to extending my preservation efforts beyond serving as a Commissioner for one historic district. I have also devoted a great deal of time to activities of the American Institute of Architects and I find that historic preservation coincides with my work on sustainable design and disaster resilience.