Tag Archives: cast iron

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.”

Custom LED lighting at VA Building Canopies

10 Apr

H Street Canopy LightingAeon recently completed installation of new marquee lighting at the entrance canopies to the Veterans Administration Building. Using custom recessed lighting fixtures manufactured by Belfer, Aeon installed an array of low voltage 8-watt LED bulbs to provide uniform illumination at each entrance. Kudos to our lighting designer Bruce Dunlop for this help in conceptualizing this approach.

Veterans Affairs Canopy Restoration

10 Oct

ImageAeon is providing construction management services for the conservation and restoration of three large ornamental cast iron entrance canopies at the Veterans Affairs Headquarters building in DC. We are collaborating with a great team of specialty subcontractors including Independent Custom Metalworks of Bladensburg, MD, AV Smoot, Delray Glass and others in this challenging restoration project. Also supporting this design/build effort is our engineering team of Robert Silman Associates and Seal Engineering. Recently Aeon project manager Nick Patrick who joined Aeon in July, recovered a lost ornamental feature. The cast iron anthemion crest shown above was covered in lead paint and found wedged inside the badly altered canopy structure. After getting our hazmat sub Southern Insulation to strip it, we can see the extraordinary detail of this piece. ICM is replicating the long lost feature and we will be reinstalling the missing elements in their original locations.


Aeon begins work on site at the US Capitol Dome

5 Oct

Working on the United States Capitol is the dream of many architectural conservators, and Aeon’s conservators are pleased that they now have this honor. Since George Washington laid the cornerstone in 1793, the Capitol has undergone a series of renovations. The latest project to rehabilitate the Dome , worth $10.5million, was awarded by the Architect of the Capitol to the Gilbane Building Company, and involves restoring and repainting the masonry and cast iron within the skirt area around the base of the dome. Aeon is providing advice on the preservation of the historic sandstone, brick and metalwork.

Check back soon for more information.

Historic cast iron and a leaky tunnel at the Veterans Affairs Administration Building

19 Jul

Alfonso examines one of the canopies.

Aeon Preservation has been included in a project team to investigate leaks in the entrance canopies and subterranean tunnels of the Veterans Affairs Administration Building. This structure was completed in 1919 on the site of one of Washington’s most luxurious hotels. It was occupied by the War Risk Bureau which later became the Department of Veterans Affairs. Now, it is part of the Lafayette Park Historic District and the White House Precinct.

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