Historic Preservation

Simmons’ Stable – Entry One

In architecture school, young, aspiring architects dream of the grand projects they’ll someday design; great edifices with Gehry-esque profiles, swooping walls, sailing roofs and space-age materials.  It’s likely that few looked with longing at the aging American pastoral archetype, the barn.  It may be true that restoring a 120 year-old stable wasn’t on my list […]

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Petrograph is Not a Dinosaur

by Christopher Swan, AIA

I think that it is important to discuss the need and process for taking care of the mortar joints in a historic masonry building. If you read the paragraph below, then you have to promise me that you’ll read the subsequent paragraphs as well. The best thing that an owner of a limestone building – […]

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Love Your Limestone

by Christopher Swan, AIA

The historic Bates County Courthouse in Butler, Missouri is a magnificent limestone building. It is a beautiful Romanesque Revival structure built 1901-1902. As a preservation architect, I truly appreciate the order and care that took place during the design and construction. In fact, this design was so popular at the time it was repeated in […]

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