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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!

Stepping out for healthcare research: a vote that counts

2014-11-10 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor Architects is pleased to announce the winner of the "You Choose a Charity, We Donate" contest! Thank you to all participants for voting.

Shoptalk: Window

2014-10-31 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
window

Definition:
an opening in an external wall of a building to admit light and (usually) air; typically glazed

Examples:Yes, you know what a window is, but did you know that most historic buildings feature many different windows types?  There are double-hung windows, fixed windows, awning windows, hopper windows, and casement windows to name a few. There are also many different types of glazing patterns, styles and window components such as the sill, sash, head, casing and jamb. Windows, and all their components significantly contribute to the unique character of a building. That’s why each window restoration project should begin with a thorough window survey to identify window types, original construction and existing conditions.


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Kansas Statehouse Recognized at 2014 AIA CSR Design Awards

2014-10-27 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Treanor Architects’ Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration project was recognized at the AIA Central States Design Awards with the 2014 Architecture Preservation Honor Award.

The jurors were quoted in the awards program as saying: “The transformation shown is extraordinary and reflective not just of restoring, but of having to undo an earlier renovation that departed substantially from the original intent of the building. The vast change shown is incredible.”

Congratulations to the State of Kansas and all those who worked on the project!

Kansas Statehouse in 2014 after preservation and restoration.Kansas Statehouse in 2014 after preservation and restoration.
Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), and Todd Renyer (Treanor) after receiving the AIA CSR Design Award.Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), and Todd Renyer (Treanor) after receiving the AIA CSR Design Award.
Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), Todd Renyer (Treanor), and Brianna McKenzie (Treanor) at the AIA CSR Design Awards luncheon.Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), Todd Renyer (Treanor), and Brianna McKenzie (Treanor) at the AIA CSR Design Awards luncheon.