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- The action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition
- The process of repairing or renovating a building, work of art, vehicle, etc., so as to restore it to its original condition
- the reign of Charles II in England; 1660-1685
- restitution: getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
- The reinstatement of a previous practice, right, custom, or situation
- the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
- an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"
- Associate with; keep company with
- Accompany (someone)
- small military unit; usually two or three platoons
- be a companion to somebody
- The lower surface of a room, on which one may walk
- a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; "what level is the office on?"
- All the rooms or areas on the same level of a building; a story
- the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure); "they needed rugs to cover the bare floors"; "we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent"
- shock: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"
- A level area or space used or designed for a particular activity
Historical Building Construction: Design, Materials, and Technology
If you practice building renovation, rehabilitation, or preservation, you need to understand the specifics of obsolete construction in order to work in a nondestructive and unobtrusive manner.
Historical Building Construction encourages the design of "elegant" and safe solutions to the structural problems caused by changes in use, changes in architectural design, or changes in the mechanical plant. It enables modern engineers to understand what assumptions their predecessors made, what materials they used, how they designed structures, and how their designs were built. Architects renovating older buildings, while not usually responsible for structural design, need to understand the design restrictions forced on them by the original structures.
A guide to the physical construction of buildings from the 1840s to the present, Historical Building Construction uses narrative, drawings, and photographs to describe the development of masonry, wood, and steel construction, modern curtain walls and concrete slabs, and the use of cast iron and patented floor construction. It provides case histories to show how this information is applied to actual projects, ranging from brownstones to skyscrapers.
In order to show a consistent and well-documented set of examples evolving in chronological order, New York City is used as model, since many examples of obsolete forms are still available for examination. The general information given applies, with few exceptions, to buildings of the same types built all over the United States during the same period, and these are referenced as needed.
Every designer who works on old structures or studies them will find in Historical Building Construction help in the process of analyzing existing conditions in a building and suggestions for dealing with what lies hidden behind floor, wall, and ceiling finishes.
United Light and Power/Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Company headquarters
This magnificent building, built in 1926 for the United Light and Power Company, featured green and pink Tennessee marble floors and walls, terrazzo floors, a 5 story tall brass mail chute, and vaulted ceilings in the basement.
I began my career in this building with Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric nearly 30 years ago and still miss this old friend. Having worked in facilities management, I would still prefer this grand old place to our new highrise office tower. This place had character and style.
It was demolished in 1995 and is now a 'greenspace' in downtown Davenport,IA. I have a brick from this place sitting on my desk as a reminder of what used to be.
The BlackHawk Hotel is in the background and is currently undergoing a top to bottom restoration. Note the old Liberty Theater, and the Clinton, Davenport, and Muscatine interurban trolley depot next door, both long gone.
Rainbow Hill Balconey - a private residence
Rainbow Hill was a former bed and breakfast. It is now a private residence. I was a part of the restoration team to literally, take the entire balconey apart - right down to the structural supports - and clean the scorched quarry tiles that had been through the California Cedar Fires because the company that made them disbanded in 1978. We re-created the entire design - carefully documenting, removing, cleaning and re-setting all of the 3/4 inch vitreous glass tiles too. Whew!
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