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Shoptalk: Prism(atic) Glass Tile

2014-06-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
prism glass tile

Definition:
an architectural glass tile, typically about 4”x4” in size, that redirects natural daylight through reflection and refraction into a building

Prism glass tiles became popular after they were patented and first commercially produced by the Luxfer Prism Company starting in 1897. They were particularly popular in transom windows above storefronts along main streets with structure similar to a stained glass window using zinc came and lead solder joints to hold the glass tiles together.

Today, preservationists struggle to save these transoms. Prism glass tiles are no longer produced, making it difficult to properly restore missing tiles. Additionally, these transoms face a similar battle that many stained glass windows face. Without proper care and maintenance throughout the lifespan of an exterior leaded glass window, it can fall into extensive disrepair making restoration all the more difficult and quite pricey.

Want to learn more about prism glass? The Historic Prism Glass Companies of the United States is a fantastic resource outlining its many uses throughout the years. The National Park Service’s Preservation Tech Note on “Repair and Reproduction of Prismatic Glass Transoms” is also a great resource.

Examples:
leaded prism glass clerestory

MJ Funk “New York Store” leaded prism glass clerestory discovered intact after over two decades of being covered during a recent condition assessment.

leaded prism glass

Close up of leaded prism glass discovered at the MJ Funk “New York Store” in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Shoptalk: Grotesque

2014-05-29 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
grotesque

Definition:
sculptured or painted ornament involving fanciful distortions of human and animal forms, sometimes combined with plant motifs, especially a variety of arabesque which has no counterpart in nature (Source: Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, 1977.)

Examples:
Adair Co. Courthouse Carved Grotesque

Example of a grotesque carving on the Adair County Courthouse.

Kansas Statehouse Painted Grotesque

Example of painted grotesque in the State Library of Kansas at the Kansas Statehouse.

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-05-23 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Around the world! Vance Kelley, Treanor Preservation principal, travelled to Florence, Italy this summer just to see the Duomo. Okay, we admit he went to Italy for many reasons, but he did see the Duomo. He proved it to us with a photo that made us all jealous.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also called Il Duomo di Firenze, is part of the Historic Centre of Florence UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and is the main church of Florence. Construction on the Gothic cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, began in 1296 and was completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. Until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.

Shoptalk: Repointing vs Tuck Pointing

2014-05-21 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Two for the price of one today. The term “tuck pointing” is often used when the appropriate term for the topic at hand is “repointing.” Let’s look at the difference.

Term:
repointing

Definition:
repairing existing masonry joints by removing defective mortar and installing new mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)

Term:
tuck pointing

Definition:
a type of mortar joint profile using two mortar colors to simulate narrow masonry joints; the first color mortar stopping matches the brick or stone and is installed with a flush joint; the second color mortar is typically installed with a raised joint in a tuck groove cut into the first color mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)

Examples:

Tuck pointing demonstration

Tuck pointing demonstration by Gerard Lynch a.k.a. "The Red Mason" at the APT Conference Workshop "Traditional Masonry Practice and New Approaches to Preservation Education" on October 4, 2012, at the American College of the Building Arts.

Prepped joint

A joint prepared for repointing.

Mortar joints after repointing

Mortar joints after repointing.

Shoptalk: Dutchman

2014-05-14 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term: 
Dutchman

Definition: 
graft repair typically done to stone; removes deteriorated or damaged material and replaces it with new material; requires skill in fitting the piece as well as finishing it to blend it into the remaining stone

Examples: 
Below is a sequence of construction photos showing the progression of a Dutchman repair.

Before Dutchman repair.Before Dutchman repair.
During Dutchman repair.During Dutchman repair.
After Dutchman repair.After Dutchman repair.

Kansas Statehouse Preservation Wins KPA Award

2014-05-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

On Friday, May 9, the multi-phase, multi-year preservation and restoration of the Kansas Statehousewas honored by the Kansas Preservation Alliance with the Medallion Award for Rehabiltation. 

Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.
Kansas Statehouse after restoration.Kansas Statehouse after restoration.

Ridget Top Apartments wins KPA Award

2014-05-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

On Friday, May 9, the Ridge Top Aparments rehabilitation was honored with the Honor Award for Excellence in Rehabiltation at the Kansas Preservation Alliance's 2014 Awards for Excellence.

The Ridge Top Apartments, located at the Western Branch, National Home for Disabled Veterans National Historic Landmark, rehabilitation project adapted four historic domiciliary buildings – the first constructed at the Western Branch in 1866 – into one- and two-bedroom apartments for low-income, veteran transitional housing. Additionally, a historic physician's residence was rehabilitated for use as a single family rental home.

5th Graders Design Creative Public Spaces

2014-05-09 Posted By: Jac Samp

Langston Hughes 5th grade students use Sketch Up 3D drawing program to portray their visions for the empty lot next to the Eldridge.

Sketch Up 3D DrawingsSketch Up 3D Drawings
Architecture MuseumArchitecture Museum
Student describes his panda garden to family.Student describes his panda garden to family.
Public MazePublic Maze
Amusement ParkAmusement Park
Public RestroomsPublic Restrooms

Dancing Rabbits?

2014-05-09 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Anna with Jennifer Martin, the Green Community Center’s project managerAnna with Jennifer Martin, the Green Community Center’s project manager
Anna's commute to work. Anna's commute to work.
Dancing Rabbit's construction staging area.Dancing Rabbit's construction staging area.
Anna's office at Dancing Rabbit. Anna's office at Dancing Rabbit.

Treanor Interiors is Hiring

2014-05-09 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Our studio is seeking a full-time interior designer to join our Lawrence, Kan.-based team in an entry-level position.

We’re looking for someone with a diverse background and project experience as well as a strong passion and talent for design. If the following describes you, email Audrie Wenger, Director of Interiors, with your resume and contact information.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 2-3 years of practical design experience 
  • Accredited design degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture 
  • Strong technical & technology skillsREVIT proficiency required 
  • Creative design thinking skills 
  • Versatility to work within all project types, including furniture design packages 
  • Enjoys teamwork and collaboration 
  • Self-manager, strategic thinker, flexible type who is comfortable with fast project pace, travel and workload