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Macedonian Monument – Before and After

16 May

Our teaming partner Harry Abramson from Direct Dimensions sent us this great pair of before and after pics of the monument.

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Macedonian Monument Project at the U.S. Naval Academy: Cannons Installed

24 Apr

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Aeon has completed the restoration of the Macedonian Monument for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. This year-long project has involved a wide range of services from laser scanning and non-destructive evaluation, concrete restoration and the conservation of bronze plaques, to replication of the original figurehead in mahogany and treatment of the four 18th century cannon. The cannons have just finished a five month process of paint removal and electrolytic reduction to remove all traces of chlorides from deep within the cast iron. The final steps included a phosphoric acid treatment to stabilize the surface prior to painting. Following treatment many details emerged from the old corroded surface that were never visible before. The rededication of this War of 1812 monument is scheduled for April 25.

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.”

Yates Building Roof Project Complete

24 Apr

1906 Yates RoofAeon recently wrapped up a six-month project providing QA/QC and architectural conservation services to FLBE Inc. and DJB Contracting for the roofing phase of this project.  Originally built as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s first headquarters in 1879 (seen above in 1906), the building is currently managed by GSA. Work included review and oversight for standing and flat seam lead coated copper roofing and gutters, restoration of finals, skylights, and ornamental sheet metal, and removal and resetting of original and new Buckingham slate shingles.

Alfonso QA at Yates

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.

Assessing and conserving historic aluminum doors at the Federal Trade Commission

15 Sep

The Federal Trade Commission Building dates from 1937 and is in the Classical Revival style. Contrasting with the limestone walls, some of its distinctive exterior features are the aluminum grilles over the main entrance doors. They are decorated with images of the changing transportation methods used over time, from Columbus’s 14th century ships to the more modern seaplane. Whilst McKay Lodge Conservation is conserving the grilles, Aeon is providing a local conservation management service under them to assess and conserve the 28 glass and aluminum doors.

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