Marysville has been selected as a host community for a 2009 Building Doctor Clinic presented by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

Marysville has been selected as a host community for a 2009 Building Doctor Clinic presented by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

The two-hour clinic is slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St. The seminar is sponsored by the Uptown Renewal Team, the city of Marysville, the Marysville Public Library and the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

The Building Doctor Clinic focuses on helping building and home owners better understand how to properly maintain older structures. The class begins with a free seminar on topics such as peeling paint and flaking plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, window repair or replacement and bringing buildings built before 1955 up to date without sacrificing the features that make them appealing. The Building Doctors visit all types of buildings constructed before 1955 -- from houses, stores, churches and schools to barns, farm buildings and factories.

On the following day, preservation office representatives will make the rounds of ailing buildings in Marysville, within five miles of the historic Uptown Marysville Business District, to examine problems and prescribe cures. Their consultations are free, but interested business owners must ask for an appointment with the Building Doctor upon registration and attendance of the seminar to qualify.

The number of consultations is limited. To register for the clinic, visit www.building-doctor.org or call toll-free 1-800-499-2470. Registration must be made one week prior to the clinic.

For local information on the Building Doctor Clinic, call Stanford at 937-642-6279 or e-mail jstandford@unioncounty.org. Information can also be found by logging onto www.unioncountyed.com/buildingdoctorclinic.aspx.