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Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction has worked on numerous projects which have involved converting old buildings into alternative uses.   The staff continually enjoys the challenge of converting these historic structures into new use, taking a vacant building that might otherwise be demolished and putting it back as a contributing resource for the larger community.

Mr. Fitzgerald himself has numerous experiences and a unique expertise in the consultation, development, design, reuse and construction of new and historic projects and continues to reach out to the community to educate and encourage the preservation of these buildings.  In cooperation with local libraries as well as non-profit organizations such as the Frederick County Barn Stormers Organization and the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Mr. Fitzgerald has led numerous talks and lectures ranging in subjects from rigging and lifting a building to recognizing maintenance and repair issues.  When it comes to covered bridges Mr. Fitzgerald has led volunteer efforts to rebuild the Loys Station Bridge and put a new roof on the Roddy Road Bridge.

Mr. Fitzgerald has also produced several multi-media presentations on various subjects of preservation, restoration and construction that have been tailored for different audiences, including like-minded professionals and concerned citizens. 


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Historic Barns of Maryland

Historic Barns of Maryland

Various
Maryland

Look for us in Maryland Public Television's Historic Barns of Maryland (an Outdoors Maryland special) airing on Wednesday, February 29th at 8pm.  Maryland has more historic barns per acre than just about any other state in the nation. In Historic Barns of Maryland, we discover the...

Shamrock Shenanigans

Shamrock Shenanigans

Thurmont
Maryland

Irishmen following in the footsteps for generations: The story of the Fitzgerald Family, from FHTC President Dean's father Mike building his own log home in 1950 and raising nine children while operating the Shamrock Restaurant for forty-eight years, through Dean's construction of a successful timber framing business, and now a hopeful look toward the...

 "Bridging the gap to a new look" - Frederick News Post, June 07, 2009

"Bridging the gap to a new look" - Frederick News Post, June 07, 2009

Frederick
Maryland

Originally published June 07, 2009 By Adam Behsudi Frederick News-Post Staff Volunteers converge on the Roddy Road covered bridge over Owens Creek near Thurmont early Saturday to replace the worn ribbed metal roofing with standing seam metal (Photo by Sam Yu). The...

"At home in the barn: Couple preserve a piece of history" - Frederick News Post, June 07, 2009

"At home in the barn: Couple preserve a piece of history" - Frederick News Post, June 07, 2009

Woodsboro
Maryland

Originally published June 07, 2009 By Susan Guynn News-Post Staff John and Toni Clarke made the move from rural Ilinois to Maryland a few years ago to be closer to family. They searched the county for a home and considered building one on the...

"Structural Concerns Force Closure of Purcellville Roller Rink" - Leesburg Today, June 11, 2009

"Structural Concerns Force Closure of Purcellville Roller Rink" - Leesburg Today, June 11, 2009

Leesburg
Maryland

By Margaret Morton Leesburg Today One of the town's proudest accomplishments of last year was the acquisition of Fireman's Field and its dominant building, the Purcellville Roller Rink, originally the Tabernacle at the Bush Meeting Ground. Today, however, the town closed the rink for...

"Volunteers replace roof on historic bridge" - Gazette.Net, June 11, 2009

"Volunteers replace roof on historic bridge" - Gazette.Net, June 11, 2009

Thurmont
Maryland

by Katherine Mullen | Staff Writer, Gazette.Net Dean Fitzgerald knows a lot about the Roddy Road covered bridge north of Thurmont, even though the names of those who crafted it in 1856 are lost to history. As a boy growing up in Thurmont, Fitzgerald said he...

"The return of the Barnstormers Tour" - Frederick News Post, June 14, 2009

"The return of the Barnstormers Tour" - Frederick News Post, June 14, 2009

Frederick County
Maryland

  Originally published June 14, 2009 By Susan Guynn Frederick News-Post Staff In 1864, Ignatius Waters Dorsey was at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, where Confederate General Jeb Stuart was mortally wounded. After the war, Dorsey returned to Frederick County where, around...

"Barnstorming for ideas," Frederick News Post, March 3, 2009.

"Barnstorming for ideas," Frederick News Post, March 3, 2009.

Frederick
Maryland

By Stephanie Mlot News-Post Staff A barn might not look special, but Cherilyn Widell said it can be an extraordinary thing. Under clear but chilly skies, about 30 people made their way to the Libertytown Fire Hall for Sunday's barn owners'...

"Barn expert talks construction, history in library series," Frederick News Post, January 11, 2009.

"Barn expert talks construction, history in library series," Frederick News Post, January 11, 2009.

Thurmont
Maryland

By Nicholas C. Stern Frederick News-Post Staff      As a child, Dean Fitzgerald's parents would take him on drives through the countryside, point out old barns or houses, and say to him, "One day that won't be there any longer." He snapped photographs...

"Fisher renovations approved by city," Gazette.net, July 24, 2008.

"Fisher renovations approved by city," Gazette.net, July 24, 2008.

Frederick
Maryland

Historic commission praises efforts to preserve 1880s structure by Keith L. Martin | Gazette Net Staff Writer It took 24 years for the Fisher Building to find a suitor willing to take on its rehabilitation. It took only 27 minutes last week to...

"Challenging renovation begins," Gazette.net, July 10, 2008.

"Challenging renovation begins," Gazette.net, July 10, 2008.

Frederick
Maryland

Thurmont company has 18 months to stabilize, rehabilitate historic building in downtown Frederick by Keith L. Martin | Gazette.Net Staff Writer The building, which dates back to the 1880s, has sat vacant and unattended since the City of Frederick purchased it 24 years ago...

"Bridge pavilion to be rebuilt," Frederick News Post, January 21, 1998.

"Bridge pavilion to be rebuilt," Frederick News Post, January 21, 1998.

Frederick
Maryland

From Frederick News Post Staff Reports After receiving a county certificate of congratulations for preserving three covered bridges, members of the Frederick County Covered Bridge Preservation Society announced plans Thursday to rebuild the Roddy Road park. Dean Fitzgerald said his group plans to develop...

"Wooden structures given new life," Frederick News Post, November 25, 1996.

"Wooden structures given new life," Frederick News Post, November 25, 1996.

Frederick
Maryland

Frederick News Post Article, November 25, 1996.

"Local company builds them like they used to," Frederick News-Post, Jannuary 31, 2007.

"Local company builds them like they used to," Frederick News-Post, Jannuary 31, 2007.

Woodsboro
Maryland

By Liam Farrell Frederick News-Post Staff When Dean Fitzgerald was growing up outside of Thurmont , he would ride with his father every week to the wholesale fish and produce market in Baltimore, passing the historic barns of Maryland's countryside. "Somebody should...

"Bridge will span another century," The Leader, January 31, 1997.

"Bridge will span another century," The Leader, January 31, 1997.

Frederick
Maryland

The Leader Article, January 31, 1997.

American Builders Quarterly, Spring 2009 - Volume 19

American Builders Quarterly, Spring 2009 - Volume 19

Thurmont
Maryland

American Builders Quarterly, Spring 2009 - Volume 19.