Scribbles Worth Saving

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Journal, Material Conservation

Often in the restoration and renovation process, little gems of history hidden within buildings are overlooked and lost forever. When measuring the Judge’s bench at the Colorado County Courthouse, I noticed a very faint penciled inscription written upside-down on the interior of a desk drawer. After some photography and digital manipulation the inscription became clear: […]

To Replace, or not to Replace

To Replace, or not to Replace

Fortunately, that is NOT the question. But it is a topic we discuss a lot, and not because it’s a fresh debate! More so for its ambiguity, and sometimes research studies on window glazing systems [1] can be too academic to dilute for today’s lightning-fast culture [2]. In simple terms, no reasonable person is going to […]

Shellcrete at the Fulton Mansion

Shellcrete at the Fulton Mansion

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Journal, Material Conservation

The Fulton Mansion in Rockport, Texas was an innovative structure when it was built in 1877.  In addition to its numerous modern amenities, a very interesting regional construction method was incorporated into its foundation, basement walls and vaulted porch floor structure. Shellcrete (also referred to as ‘tabby‘) was a material that had been utilized in […]