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The 25 - Sally Fishburn

Here is one of the 25 individuals who have dedicated their careers to the classical style in myriad and outstanding ways that are serving as models around the globe.

A specialist in the preservation, restoration, and re-creation of interior architectural millwork and plaster, specifically historic windows, Sally Fishburn has helped hundreds of owners, particularly in her home state of Vermont, maintain the historic spirit of their buildings and improve their energy efficiency.

SALLY FISHBURN

SALLY FISHBURN

Over the course of a career that spans three decades, Fishburn, who is president of the Early American Industries Association, has remained a dedicated scholar and teacher, passing her knowledge and skills to a new generation.

In addition to window restoration and plaster preservation workshops and speaking engagements, she does hands-on training that included a window restoration apprenticeship for a local high school senior who not only restored a window in his own house but also gave a presentation to the community on the subject.

The restoration of the cornice in the Vermont State House Portico ceiling by Sally Fishburn, in process.

The restoration of the cornice in the Vermont State House Portico ceiling by Sally Fishburn, in process.

Sally Fishburn restored the skylight from the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont, shown in her finishing room with a restored frame from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church behind it.

Sally Fishburn restored the skylight from the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont, shown in her finishing room with a restored frame from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church behind it.

She continues to push the envelope, recently running a virtual window restoration workshop in conjunction with the Preservation Education Institute that she hopes will become a national model.

“I have witnessed and done my best to encourage a growing appreciation for and interest in preserving historic buildings as a way to honor our past, utilize the existing building stock (buildings that are resilient), and as a solution to our changing climate,” she says. “Historic building, and especially original windows, can be energy efficient. The embodied energy in original buildings and their parts is lost forever when they are thrown into a landfill.”

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