Tag Archives: 20th Century

Aeon Launches New Mobile Lab

2 Oct
Image courtesy FreakingNews.com

Image courtesy FreakingNews.com

Aeon Preservation Services is constantly looking for ways to enhance our services to our clients. Currently we are in the final stages of completing our mobile lab using a modified 1969 Airstream Overlander International as a base for the project. The trailer’s previous owner had stripped out all the beds and seating to modify it for use as a catering trailer.

Our modifications have included stripping out all propane appliances and components, painting the interior, installing a new diamond pattern PVC floor, modification and repair of existing cabinetry, and installation of new custom stainless steel work surfaces. Exterior renovations have been kept to a minimum but have included new LED running lights, window restoration, and a whole host of other minor repairs.

The goal of the mobile lab has three objectives. First, to provide a project trailer for Aeon projects requiring an extended on-site presence. Second, to enhance our field lab capability and provide additional technical work space. Third, recognizing that many of our projects are in the public eye; to provide a place for public interaction and display; to provide for project interpretation; and to promote the field of architectural conservation. AEON PARTY

Wet Lab

Wet Lab

Dry Lab

Dry Lab

Front Workspace

Front Workspace

Veterans Affairs Building Canopies Complete

15 May

ImageAeon has completed all work at the Veterans Affairs Building (shown above in 1919). Work included design build conservation services to restore all three ornamental cast iron entrance canopies. All were dismantled down to bare structural steel and rebuilt using original and newly fabricated ornamental ironwork, new structural muntins, new code compliant glass, and custom LED lighting.

Our GSA and VA clients are thrilled noting: “Aeon Preservation performed an outstanding job. Management, workmanship and responsiveness was top notch, kept us updated and the tenants happy.”

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.


Silver Gull Beach Club Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

2 Nov

Wes Enzinna’s news report “The Destruction of Breezy Point” at Vice.com shows that the Silver Gull Beach Club was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. “It looked like a ghost town. Every window was broken, most of the buildings leaned heavily to one side; some had collapsed entirely. There were two swimming pools, each filled with rubble and rainwater.” But the pictures accompanying the article tell the story. The beach club is located on National Park Service property and run as a concession as part of the Gateway National Recreational Area by Aeon client Ortega Family Enterprises. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them, their staff, and the residents of nearby Breezy Point.

Hecht’s Warehouse

21 Sep

Hecht’s Warehouse c1950 (www.loc.gov)

Aeon is working with Douglas Development and Shalom Baranes Architects to aid in the preservation and adaptive reuse of this iconic mid-Century Modern masterpiece. This wonderful Art Deco structure retains much of its original architectural integrity and beauty. Aeon is assisting in these efforts by providing condition assessment and materials conservation expertise.

National Gallery of Art West

5 Jul

Aeon is excited to announce that Dan Lepore & Sons (DLS) and Aeon have been awarded the National Gallery of Art – West Building Stone Repairs project. Aeon will provide testing, quality control, and project management services. Work is to begin in late summer. Image

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.