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APT Offering a Historic Finishes Workshop June 13 - 14, 2014

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by APTI Comments (0)

Register today for another in a series of "hands-on" workshops, June 13 & 14, 2014. The workshop will be held at the University of Colorado Denver.  The Historic Finishes Workshop will focus on decorative finishes of an historic nature. Participants can expect to learn about various types of finishes, deterioration mechanisms, modes of repair or treatment and general conservation practices applied to these materials. The focus will include but may not be limited to plasters, paints, and metals.


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APT NYC offered the best of Mid-century Modern!

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Ilene Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP - Principal and Director of Preservation, Quinn Evans Architects Comments (0)

Paper sessions and keynote speakers covered a wide range of topics, not necessarily Modern, but filled with ideas and case studies making the information applicable to work back home, in my case, in Michigan. Beyond the conference hotel, though, there was plenty to explore, from Times Square to the High Line to Harlem, and of course the incredible sites offered in the Field Sessions.


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Long Live the Ephemeral Optimism of the 1939 and 1964 NY World's Fairs!

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Jennifer Minner - Assistant Professor at Cornell University Comments (0)


The optimism and innovation of early and mid-twentieth century modern architecture lives on in the remaining buildings and structures of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. John Krawchuk, the Director of Historic Preservation for the New York City Parks Department led a troupe of APT conference attendees on an extensive tour of the elegant and astounding fair artifacts at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 


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Hands-on Construction Workshop of Guastavino Thin Tile Vaults

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Laura Buchner - Building Conservation Associates, Inc. Comments (0)

The Hands-on Construction Workshop of Guastavino Thin Tile Vaults offered the rare opportunity to construct a timbrel vault. This is the first APT Conference workshop that I’ve had the pleasure of attending, and it exceeded my expectations, providing insights into the challenges and art of building these elegant structures. Not only was it very informative, but it was also a tremendous amount of fun!


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Disaster Preparedness & Response workshop - Day 2

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Julie Maddox - Murray Engineering, PC Comments (0)

The second day of the Disaster Response and Preparedness Workshop took us to areas of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island that were fully under water during Hurricane Sandy. Basements, aquatic viewing rooms, and utility areas were flooded to the ceiling during the storm leading to significant loss of architectural finishes and damage to vital mechanical and electrical systems. Astonishingly, the majority of the aquatic collection survived the event, and with the foresight of preparation and a motivated team working together quickly and efficiently, the outcome looks promising and the Aquarium was even able to re-open in May.


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"It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future."
- William Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America

In our increasingly digital age, the face and form of this conversation is transforming. Social media has become a driving and influential force in every aspect of our lives: politics, community, religion, entertainment. It should be no surprise that the preservation field is wholeheartedly embracing social media outlets. A quick internet search of something as simple as "historic preservation blog" resulted in more than 86,000 results.

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