From the Preservation Studio, General

Beautiful Work Done Beautifully: A Case Study

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Monsignor Mannion in the Cathedral of the Madeleine

At CRSA, we’re big fans of historic restoration and renovation. Its a chance to save something that would otherwise cease form existence, to care about future generations, to learn about past generations, and to just appreciate the skill of architects and builders who have come before us. Continue reading

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From the Preservation Studio

Paid to Preserve: Historic Tax Credits

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People are generally happy about saving our historic buildings, right? They have a charm and irreplaceable quality that even casual inhabitants notice…until you add a price tag. Unfortunately, preserving historic buildings is not always cheap. While the building being preserved of course already exists, renovating, restoring or rehabilitating it has to be done in a pre-existing context that isn’t always cost-effective. Many of the techniques for cutting costs used in new construction simply can’t apply to existing, and especially old existing, buildings. This reality, pitted against the fact that historic buildings nevertheless have some intrinsic value, is largely why tax incentives have sprung up at both national and local levels. They are a way of affirming both the cost and value of preserving the past. Continue reading

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From the Preservation Studio, General

Peeling Back History at 411 Brigham Street

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In 2014, the team of CRSA and McCullough Engineering & Contracting began peeling away the walls of the Enos Wall Mansions. Yes, physically, but they also began a process of peeling back the layers of history on this 135 year old building, uncovering three intersecting lives and five intersecting clients. Continue reading

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From the Preservation Studio, General

Can My Historic Building be Green?

By Rachel David, LEED AP BD+C | Rachel is CRSA’s Sustainability Director and the coordinator for all the firm’s LEED Certified projects. 

Can my historic building be green?

It’s a common question tied to the assumption that modern technologies and materials are automatically more sustainable. It can be surprising that often the greenest building is the one that is already standing.

Moab City Center

The LEED Silver Moab City Center is a remodeled 1923 school. The massive masonry and operable windows were retained to assist with natural cooling.

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From the Preservation Studio, General

Trauma and Treasure in the Preservation Game

By Allen Roberts, AIA

Exploring historic buildings can sometimes result in scary surprises. I’m not talking about unexpected physical characteristics such as cracks in wooden beams or masonry walls.  Here are a few of the more interesting, non-architectural surprises I’ve experienced.

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Beaver Dam Ward

Crawling through the crawl space under the floor of an historic church in Beaver Dam in northern Utah, I came upon Continue reading

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From the Preservation Studio

Personal Reflections on the Career of a Historic Preservationist

 

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Ogden High School Renovation

By Allen D. Roberts, AIA

As I pondered my calendar recently, I realized that next month will mark my 40th (fortieth!) year as an historic preservation professional. Some years ago, I found myself asking how and why I got into this field. It came to me that I have always lived in historic cities and attended or lived in historic schools, churches and homes. Moreover, history, art and aesthetics have always been important to me. It was the tragic and puzzling demolition of the spectacular Coalville/Summit Stake Tabernacle in 1971 that catalyzed my interest in preserving buildings. Continue reading

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