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2017 DC Preservation League Award Winner: Grace Episcopal Church

25 May


Aeon is proud to announce that our project for Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown received one of this year’s Stewardship Awards from the DC Preservation League. Aeon took a leading role in helping the church understand the problems, raise funds, help secure a $30,000 grant from the DC Preservation League, present the work to the Georgetown Preservation Review Board, identify replacement stone options, identify qualified bidders, and manage the whole process from design to implementation. This project was a true collaboration between Aeon and the winning contractor Federal Masonry Restoration, and with great support from the Church. See more about the project in this brief video.

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John Russell Pope Award

26 Apr

https-cdn.evbuc.comimages29062009860335233251originalAeon is proud to announce that the US Capitol Dome Restoration project has received the 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute for Classical Art & Architecture. The award ceremony was held on April 23, 2017 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC and was attended by team members from the Architect of the Capitol’s office, Historical Arts & Casting, and Aeon Preservation Services. Award winners are shown here.

Star Spangled Banner Grant Award

26 Mar


Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez was one of a number of folks receiving grant awards from Governor O’Malley at the Maryland Statehouse on Tuesday. The grant was awarded to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area on behalf of the Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance (Alfonso is on the boards of both organizations). With him are Laurence Winston of the Prince George’s County African American Heritage Preservation Group and Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director of ATHA.. The award ceremeny was one of several things going on in celebration of Maryland Day. A fife and drum corps heralded the arrival of a full scale replica of the Star Spangled Banner that had been delivered earlier in the day by the Pride of Baltimore.


More Awards for the Freedom Tower Project

13 Nov

Engineering News Record Southeast recently honored the Freedom Tower Renovation project in their Best Projects Category. This award follows several other awards the project has received including the Association of Building Contractors Florida East Chapter Excellence in Construction Eagle Awarda Florida Trust for Historic Preservation 2012 Restoration/Rehabilitation Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Dade Heritage Trust 2012 preservation award. Kudos to our teaming partners Kaufman Lynn Construction for spearheading a great project.


Freedom Tower Receives 2012 Award from Florida Trust

20 May

Aeon is proud to announce that the Freedom Tower project has received its second preservation award this month. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation presented the award for Outstanding Achievement in Restoration/Rehabilitation to Miami Dade College and the project team Friday night at an awards ceremony held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The project team included Kaufman Lynn Contractors, Rodriguez & Quiroga Architects, and Aeon Preservation Services LLC. Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez was on hand to receive the award and also served as a speaker in a workshop profiling the project and the role of architectural conservators in large scale projects. The following narrative is from the Trust’s award ceremony:

Freedom Tower – Miami

The Freedom Tower has been an icon of downtown Miami since it was built in 1925. Originally the home of Miami Daily News, the Shultze and Weaver designed building, which was the tallest in Miami at the time, represented the exponential growth and thriving economy of Miami.

The building gained its name and its enduring place in US history for the role it played during the mass immigration of Cuban exiles in the 1960’s. Over a 12-year period the U.S. government occupied most of the facility and provided in-processing services, basic medical and dental services and relief aid to thousands of exiles.

In 1979, the Freedom Tower was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association as the Cuban Refugee Emergency Center and the offices of the oldest newspaper and plant facilities in Miami. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2008.

After multiple owners and extended periods of time during which the building remained vacant, ownership of this landmark was transferred to Miami Dade College in 2008. Under the stewardship of the college the Freedom Tower serves as an educational, cultural and community center. Since Miami Dade College acquired it, the iconic building has been used for major art exhibitions, such as the complete set of master Goya’s etchings for the first time in the United Sates, drawing a record crowd. Committed to the preservation of the Freedom Tower as a place where people from all over the world can learn about the history of South Florida’s community and its role in the political fabric of the country as well as a place to enjoy cultural treasures, Miami Dade College secured funding and assembled a qualified design and construction team to perform urgently needed restoration work.

Though the Freedom Tower had undergone several restorations in the past thirty years, this was the first time that a thorough “top to bottom” exterior restoration was performed.

The restoration also included replacing over 350 original windows with historic replica impact windows, which would meet current hurricane codes, replacing the copper dome roofing, structural repairs, painting, coatings, and waterproofing the entire exterior envelope as well as interior restoration of the ballroom, which included plaster restoration, interior carpentry work and painting.

The project team devoted significant time looking at other buildings from the time period and studying their building plans, learning about techniques, material and construction methods to assure that the restoration work would be as historically accurate as possible. At the same time, the restoration addressed current building codes and provided long-term solutions that will significantly expand the life of the structure, using available funds judiciously and effectively.

After a thorough investigation, detailed planning and many hours of precision craftsmanship work by dedicated contractors, often working suspended 14 floors above the streets of Miami, The Freedom Tower once again stands in all its beauty, ready to welcome new generations to learn about a significant period in Miami’s history and a symbol of freedom and democracy.

Miami Dade College Recognized by Dade Heritage Trust for its Freedom Tower Restoration

28 Apr

Aeon Preservation Services LLC was recognized by Miami Dade College (MDC) for their role in the exterior restoration of the Freedom Tower. The College was recently presented a 2012 Dade Heritage Annual Preservation Award by Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) for its “top to bottom” exterior restoration of its Freedom Tower, as well as the interior restoration of the mezzanine level. The award acknowledges the proper rehabilitation or restoration of a structure to an earlier or original appearance, or its adaptation to a new use in a manner that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site. DHT, Miami’s largest non-profit historic preservation organization, honored MDC for its commitment to the preservation and restoration of this beloved National Historic Landmark at its Annual Awards Celebration. The restoration work was done by Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects, Kaufman Lynn Construction and Aeon Preservation Services LLC.