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Ron Siebler is a historic preservationist whose work history includes the restoration of numerous historic buildings, antique machines, and the preservation, restoration, and recreation of hardware, furniture, and other artifacts. His passion for old structures, machines, and historic preservation dates to 1984, when he was involved with the first restoration of the Denton County Courthouse on the Square.

Siebler works with municipalities, museums, and individual home owners alike. Recent award winning projects include him serving as the lead preservation carpenter on the City of Dallas Parks’ Department Sharrock-Niblo Cabin restoration, the restoration and reinstallation of the Renner Church bell located at Farmer’s Branch Historical Park, the assessment and restoration of the curing shed located on the grounds of the historic Caruth Family Homeplace, and the repair and restoration of the MKT Depot at Dallas Heritage Village.

Additional museum projects include the award winning restoration of the Pilot Grove Church at Dallas Heritage Village, the Renner School and Tholl House also located at Dallas Heritage Village, restoration and interpretation of the Trevillion Blacksmith Shop at Hopkins County Heritage Village, and windmill restorations at the A. W. Perry House in Carrollton, Texas, the community of Lantana, Texas, and the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Ron and his team have done preservation and restoration work to the historic Hill-Robberson House in Richardson, Texas, a Hal Thomson designed Swiss Ave home, and two O’Neil Ford designed homes in Dallas, including the Bromberg House, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Siebler assisted with the development of a Master Plan for the Nance Farm in DeSoto Texas, serving as a Preservation Consultant, Texas Farm Vernacular Architecture. The work involved detailed inspections, analysis of the existing conditions, and recommendations for the treatment and preservation of the many outbuildings and farmstead accessory structures.

Ron has also served as a consultant for the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas. His first project focused on reinterpreting their blacksmith shop. More recently he has been involved in researching the existence of windmills and water collection systems on the Hunter Farrell farm, and assisting with the development of guidelines for the possible restoration or reconstruction of a new windmill and accessory structure.

Siebler recently presented a session on historic structure preservation at the 2017 annual conference of the American Association for State and Local History. He has been an invited presenter at the Texas Association of Museums’ “Historic Preservation Workshop for Museum Historic Structures” and is a regular guest speaker at the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University.

In 2016, Ron conducted a very popular wood window repair workshop for Preservation Dallas and Dallas Heritage Village. He was the inaugural speaker for the Kemp at the Forum Lecture Series in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also participated with Preservation Dallas in the preparation, design and installation of “The Architectural Styles of Dallas” at the Old Red Dallas Courthouse.

Preservation Dallas presented Siebler with the Craftsman of the Year Award in May, 2016. He has also received Preservation Dallas Achievement Awards for his work on the MKT Depot and Pilot Grove Church at Dallas Heritage Village, The Renner Church Bell Restoration at Farmers Branch Historical Park, historic wood window restorations, and for restoration of the the historic Caruth Family Curing Shed. Ron was instrumentally involved in two other projects that have received special recognition from Preservation Dallas: the Sharrock-Niblo Cabin Restoration, and Mark Birnbaum’s award winning documentary film Restore. Ron's has also been recognized by Preservation Texas for his work to stabilize the Yell Cabin.

Siebler has specialized in performing his carpentry and blacksmith restorations at publicly attended demonstration projects using historic tools and methods in a museum context. And with almost twenty years experience in third person interpretation, Ron frequently volunteers at many living history museums in the North Texas area.


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