Tag Archives: Washington DC

Yates Building Entry Restoration Project

20 Dec

image Aeon is in the final stages of completing the restoration of historic wooden pocket doors at the entrance to the Sydney Yates Building. The project is being done for GSA under contract to McKay Lodge Conservation. Aeon has served as architectural conservators and project managers for the restoration effort which also included Artisan Glass Works for the leaded glass restoration and Thomas Moore Studios for door finishes. Aeon restored missing and damaged historic door hardware including rollers, the original Corwin pocket door pulls and locks, and refinished 48 bronze buttons. The final results are truly stunning.

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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.”

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

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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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.

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.