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Shoptalk: Anthemion

2015-03-18 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
anthemion

Definition:
Design consisting of a number of radiating petals developed by the ancient Greeks derived from the Egyptian and Asiatic form known as the honeysuckle or lotus palmette; used as a decorative finish in architecture; single-palmette for appears on decorative pedestals, roof or cornice elements; repeating pattern of alternating lotus and palmette typically appears on cornice molding. (Source: Anthemion. Encyclopedia Britannica. 2013.)

Examples:
The anthemion is used in architectural ornamentation from ancient architecture to more recent classic revivals like in the Masonic Grand Lodge Building in Topeka, Kan., built in 1916. The Masonic Grand Lodge Building utilizes anthemion ornamentation on its copper roof cornice.

Carved Anthemion Ornament DrawingAnthemion (carved) ornament detail drawing by James Ward, 1897. (Source: Anthemion (Carved), from Apollo Epicurius. Look and Learn History Picture Library. 2010.)

Kansas Statehouse Oculus TopDiagram of classic architectural elements and features. (Source: Lecture Notes, Mediterranean Civilizations, ca. 2000 BC-AD 500. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 2009.)

Masonic Grand Lodge DrawingHistoric drawing of the south façade of the Masonic Grand Lodge Building by notable architect Edward L. Tilton c. 1916.

Masonic Grand Lodge BuildingSouth facade of the Masonic Grand Lodge Building, 2014.

Masonic Grand Lodge Roof CorniceAnthemion design on the Masonic Grand Lodge Building’s historic copper roof cornice, 2014.

Immediate Openings for Healthcare Architect & Designer

2015-03-06 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor Architects is adding two – yes two – new positions to our Healthcare studio based out of our Kansas City, Missouri office.  If you would like to join this dynamic and growing team, e-mail Amy Bellerive, director of Human Resources, with your resume and contact information at abellerive@treanorarchitects.com for consideration.   

                      1 full-time Project Architect

  • Ideal candidates will be registered architects with 7-10 years of experience
  • Experience in Healthcare programming and design required. 
  • A passion for working collaboratively with clients to solve unique and complex challenges
  • Experience in the development of proposals
  • Ability to mentor young design professionals
  • Proficient in Revit, Sketch Up, etc.
  • A willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs

                               1 full-time Designer

  • Candidates must hold an accredited degree in Architecture
  • 2-4 years of practical experience
  • Revit and document production experience required
  • Experience in healthcare design not required
  • A willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs

 

 

Like wearing scrubs? Building baseball caps out of cans for charity? Designing for healthcare? Say hello today!Like wearing scrubs? Building baseball caps out of cans for charity? Designing for healthcare? Say hello today!

Immediate Opening with Treanor Preservation

2015-03-03 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Treanor Architects is actively seeking a full-time preservation architect to join our Topeka, Kan. team.  If you have a creative, energetic nature, and a passion for working with historic buildings, you may be the candidate we are looking for!  Requirements needed for the position include:

  • accredited degree in architecture; college course work &/or professional experience with historic preservation desired
  • 5-7 years of experience that includes project design, rehabilitation projects, heritage conservation research, planning and reporting, and materials conservation
  • licensed or actively seeking licensure
  • proficient with Revit; previous experience with Point Cloud and 3D modeling a plus, and 
  • a willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs

If this describes you, email Amy Bellerive, director of Human Resources, with your resume and contact information at abellerive@treanorarchitects.com.

Learn more about Treanor Preservation.

Making the best of the past a part of the future!Making the best of the past a part of the future!

Shoptalk: Acetylene Generator

2015-02-18 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
acetylene generator

Definition:
self-contained device that generates acetylene gas, by mixing calcium carbide and water, to be burned for light and heat (Sources: 1. Gas Lighting – Beyond the City, Old House Web. 2. Acetylene: The Principles of its Generation and Use, F.H. Leeds & W.J. Atkinson Butterfield, 1903.)

Examples: Coal gas was commonly used in large cities to provide light and heat in the 19th century. In fact, Baltimore, Maryland installed the first gas streetlight system in the United States in 1816. The first private residence in the U.S. to use gas for lighting was in Philadelphia.

During that time it wasn’t easy or cost effective to supply rural, isolated areas with coal gas for light and heat. Fortunately for those in rural areas, acetylene was rediscovered in the 1860s and inventors in the 1890s developed acetylene generators. These generators could be placed in commercial buildings or houses with supply lines running from the generators to appliances such as acetylene gas lamps.

Acetylene generator diagrams
Acetylene generators generally used one of two methods as diagramed below. Figure 209 shows the carbide added to water method and figure 2010 shows the water added to carbide method. (Source: Mechanics of the Household, Page 298, E.S. Keene, 1918.)

Section of home using acetylene generator
Figure 212 shows a home with a acetylene generator feeding heating as well as both indoor and outdoor lighting. (Source: Mechanics of the Household, Page 301, E.S. Keene, 1918.)

 

 

Shoptalk: Sleeping Porch

2015-02-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
sleeping porch

Definition:
Predominantly found in the South, these porches were popular in early 20th-century architectural styles. The porches were often enclosed or screened and were used for sleeping during the warm summer months before the dawn of air conditioning. Summer sleeping porches are typically located on the second floor above open-air porches on the north or east sides of the house to limit exposure to the setting sun. They often have two to three walls of windows to maximize air flow. (Source: McAlester, Virginia & Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1984, pg. 332.)

Sleeping porch in Kansas City, MissouriSleeping porch shown on left over the open lower-level porch at 801 Huntington Road, Kansas City, MO. (Source: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.)

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic SitePhotograph of the sleeping porch in the main house of the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York, USA. Photo by Rolf Müller.

2015 Canstruction - Celebrating our KC Royals!

2015-01-13 Posted By: Jac Samp

We believe in SLUGGING OUT HUNGER!

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-12-19 Posted By: Patty Weaver

To the border and beyond! Well, almost to the border. Todd Renyer and Ian Pitts, both of Treanor Preservation, and Matt Murphy, Treanor Civil, traveled to southwestern Texas this week. The trip was centered around completing condition assessments of Texas Parks & Wildlife facilities at Balmorhea State Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.

L-R: Ian Pitts, Todd Renyer and Matt Murphy taking a photo break at the Shurley House located at the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Alpine, Texas.L-R: Ian Pitts, Todd Renyer and Matt Murphy taking a photo break at the Shurley House located at the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Alpine, Texas.
L-R: Todd Renyer and Ian Pitts before starting work at the San Solomon Springs Motor Court at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas.L-R: Todd Renyer and Ian Pitts before starting work at the San Solomon Springs Motor Court at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas.
L-R: Matt Murphy and Ian Pitts standing close to the border, but not close enough to cross.L-R: Matt Murphy and Ian Pitts standing close to the border, but not close enough to cross.

Immediate Opening at Treanor Interiors

2014-12-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

We are seeking a full-time interior designer to join our Lawrence, Kan.-based team. If the following describes you, email Audrie Wenger, Director of Interiors, with your resume and contact information.

Required experience and skills:

  • 3-5 years of practical design experience
  • Commercial interior design experience
  • Accredited design degree in Interior Design
  • Strong technical & technology skills—REVIT 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

Exterior Restoration Featured in Building Stone Magazine

2014-12-05 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Kansas Statehouse exterior masonry restoration was featured among other projects in the Fall 2014 issue of Building Stone Magazine. The article, "A labor of love," details the efforts required to complete the four-year phased construction project.

Building Stone Magazine - A labor of love

Voter's choice at 2014 KHA conference

2014-11-18 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor is proud to annouce our winners of the "You Choose a Charity, We Donate" contest held at last week's Kansas Hospital Assocation conference. Thank you to all participants for taking a moment to show support for your favoritie charity!