Tag Archives: Stone

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.”

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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.

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

Aeon Documents Conditions at the US Capitol Dome

10 Aug

This summer Aeon was invited by the Christman Company and the Gilbane Company to assist them during renovations to the U.S. Capitol Dome. Hidden beneath the cast iron ‘skirt’ at the base of the dome is the original Aquia Creek sandstone dome base designed by Charles Bullfinch. Aeon was tasked with performing a stone by stone condition assessment of the original ornamental stonework following removal of paint coatings and prior to stone restoration. Aeon conservators climbed the myriad levels of scaffolding erected inside to photograph and record all of the conditions observed on the stone blocks. Using hand-held iPads and a mobile version of AutoCAD WS, Aeon recorded these conditions in realtime going straight to CAD format in the field.

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