Category Archives: Architectural Conservation

A Functioning Roof System is the Key to Architectural Preservation

The Florentine Inn has been standing on West Market Street in Germantown, Ohio for over two hundred years. This longevity is possible for the single reason that a succession of owners managed to keep intact roofing systems for the entire … Continue reading

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Post and Lintel, the Basic Unit of Construction

Whether ancient or modern, classic or mundane, the basic unit of construction is the post and lintel, constructed out of stone, steel, concrete or wood. Mortonstones.LLC of Miami tells us how they repaired load bearing, steel post re-inforced brick columns that had … Continue reading

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Reading the Historic House – – Seeking Clues to Original Layout and Finishes

Sometimes the artisan is called upon to restore a much altered structure to its original format and finishes and so it was with Leigh Douglas Johnson and the Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt House in Vernon, Vermont. This is a task … Continue reading

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Restoration of Traditional Coquina Stucco or Plaster, St. Augustine.

At 450 years old, St. Augustine, Florida is considered the oldest major settlement in the United States, and some parts of this building, the Government House Museum, date from at least 1598. The finish is a very traditional masonry coquina … Continue reading

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Historic American Building Moves–1869 Hotel Pelham

European visitors to America in the Nineteenth and even Eighteenth Centuries remarked at how readily Americans moved buildings from place to place, even in rural areas. Economic explanations have been offered, relative costs of labor and materials, but a contributing … Continue reading

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1916 Brick Row House Restoration and Renovation

The goal is to restore this Richmond, Virginia row house to as near original condition as possible, with a few sensible changes and upgrades. The work will include replacing missing millwork, including a bricked up fireplace mantle, reformatting the kitchen and … Continue reading

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Traditional Ornamental Iron Railing and Gate, New York Stoop

Petrillo Ironworks of Brooklyn, NY employed a thoughtful and collaborative approach to this ornamental iron railing and double gate project. The client wanted an historic look and feel, which the fabricator achieved by using very little welding on the project, bolted … Continue reading

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Damage to Historic Exterior Woodwork by Aggressive Paint Removal

According to NPS Preservation Brief #10, Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork, “Removing paints down to bare wood surfaces using harsh methods can permanently damage those surfaces; therefore such methods are not recommended.” So what is a harsh method? Pretty … Continue reading

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Restoration of Board Form Concrete at Art Deco 1932 Olympic Swim Stadium

California builders have historically used board form concrete in signature buildings, such as cathedrals and city halls, with an assurance that is surprising to the visitor. In the wintry northeast, period use of this material is relegated to the utilitarian, … Continue reading

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Master Moldmaker Reproduces Queen Theater Plaster Dome

The historic 1880 Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware stood abandoned and neglected for the last half of its life, the elegant, thirty foot diameter plaster ceiling dome destroyed by water entry. As part of a $24 million dollar restoration of … Continue reading

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