Tag Archives: historic buildings

Happy Veteran’s Day from Aeon

11 Nov

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Historic Photograph of the Norfolk Navy Yard circa 1905

This Veteran’s Day, Aeon would like to thank veterans of the United States military for their service. Aeon is proud to work closely with the armed services to preserve historic buildings and monuments at military sites, including current projects taking place at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia (pictured above) and at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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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.”

National Gallery Stone Repairs

19 Apr

Aeon conservator Zasha Guzman has been taking a leading role in QA/QC inspection of masonry repointing work at the National Gallery of Art. Aeon is working with Dan Lepore & Sons providing project administration, mortar analysis, and quality control services.

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.

Cleaning Tests at the Sherman Building, Armed Forces Retirement Home

31 Oct

Aeon principal conservators Lane Burritt and Alfonso Narvaez recently performed cleaning tests on the marble Sherman Building located on the historic campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC. Built in 1857 the Sherman Building was badly damaged in last years’ earthquake. Aeon was brought in by The Christman Company to assist them and designers Quinn Evans Architects determine appropriate cleaning methods for the historic marble. Aeon is testing mild cleaning methods including D/2 Biological, MasonRE Rust Remover, the Quintek water misting system and the Rotec Vortex micro-abrasive cleaning system.

Quintek water misting test rig

Yates Building

20 Oct

Aeon was recently hired by FLBE Inc. to assist them in a major reroofing project at the SydneyR Yates Federal Building which is home to the US Forestry Service. Built in 1880 as the original home of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing it was later used by the Treasury Department to house their Auditing division. Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez (shown above on top of the main tower) is working with FLBE, GSA, DJB Construction, and Atlantic Refinishing & Restoration to provide architectural conservation services, QA/QC, and historic preservation expertise for this fast moving renovation project.

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.

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