Melinda Shah

Melinda Shah


Melinda Shah is an architect with Schooley Caldwell who has spent 20 years working on historic buildings for public and private clients. Through this experience, she has gained valuable knowledge of how to work with existing buildings to preserve them while bringing them to life for new and modern uses. She is also experienced at working with the various requirements for buildings listed on historic registries, in districts with design review, and with historic tax credits. She has worked on over 30 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Melinda received both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Cincinnati, where she had the opportunity to co-op with other design firms and gain significant experience in preservation design. In addition, she received a Certificate of Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati.

9:45 am - 10:45 am
The Lecture Hall - 3rd Floor

How Old Is It? Tips & Tricks to Dating Buildings & Alterations

One of the most frequent questions we get asked when working on old buildings is how old is it? Knowing the age of a building or portions of a building can give you insight as to how it may have been built, what colors would be historically appropriate, and if a particular feature is historically significant. This session will cover some of the tools we frequently use to date both a building as a whole and specific features to determine how 'historic' it really is.