Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission secured grant funding assistance from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office to hire trades professional Bob Yapp to conduct a three-day intensive, hands-on educational workshop on historic preservation trades.
In September, 2014, three workshops were held focusing on wood floor restoration, double-hung window restoration, and exterior painting of wood siding.
Bob Yapp has been involved in the restoration or rehabilitation of over 160 historic properties. In 1996 Bob produced and hosted the national, PBS series, About Your House with Bob Yapp. The 52-show series was co-underwritten by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bob is one of the founding members of the national Window Preservation Standards Collaborative. He co-wrote and co-edited the new national Window Preservation Standards. Bob is President of Preservation Resources Inc. based in Hannibal, Missouri, where he founded a school for teaching hands-on preservation skills called the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation.