With the reality that buildings were not always built well, how does one approach the restoration or conservation of a beloved structure in the face of limited finances and limited institutional experience? This series of presentations will review the assessment and analysis of structures in danger and outline processes by which the remediation may be attained. These cases studies will address the deteriorated state in which each structure was found along with their rapidly declining conditions. It will be essential to understand the causes of the conditions and how to prioritize repairs.
Often considered to be too expensive to repair, discussion should include the decision process for artistic structures and cultural institutions which includes preservation planning, fundraising, and goal modification. Interestingly, education is a big part of the planning process as well. Owners and owner groups must understand that the cultural significance of the structures extends beyond the contents and that the care and conservation of the structure itself is an art.
Case studies include:
Restoration of the Catholic Total Abstinence Fountain in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park: presented by Marco Federico Senior Architectural Conservator with Materials Conservation Co., LLC.
Reclaiming an Abandoned Church for Reuse in Buffalo, New York: presented by Michael Lennon, AIA, Senior Architect from Flynn Battaglia Architects and Edmund Meade, PE, FAPT, Principal of Silman.
Recovering the Monument built to celebrate the Independence of Brazil in São Paulo presented by Renata Campiotto, Researcher from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo
Health, Safety and Welfare
Discuss the importance of documentation and diagnostic analysis of cultural heritage sites in the event of conservation or restoration interventions.
Understand the components of a conditions survey assessing conditions (including remote conditions) and identifying urgent needs.
Understand the cultural aspects of adaptive interventions in a country new to the fundamental concept of management of heritage properties.
Review four example projects as a basis for these discussions.
Elizabeth Corbin Murphy
Association for Preservation Technology International