Preserving Decorative Finishes

Preserving Decorative Finishes

The art of preserving decorative finishes.

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TBCS

2021 TBCS: Challenges for Traditional Builders

See what's in store for our 2021 Traditional Building Conference Series.

architectural stone

Cast in Stone

Companies producing architectural cast stone for historically-inspired buildings.

Liberty at American Village, sculpted memorial

Sculpted Memorials

Creating and conserving memory in bronze and stone: A conversation with Robert Shure.

stone building, dirty stone

Cleaning Stone Buildings

When it comes to stone buildings, take a measured approach.

cornice garland

Early-20th Century Cornice Replication

Time-honored sheet-metalwork replicates an elaborate, early-20th century cornice with authentic—and improved—details.

Product Reports

architectural stone

Cast in Stone

Companies producing architectural cast stone for historically-inspired buildings.

Liberty at American Village, sculpted memorial

Sculpted Memorials

Creating and conserving memory in bronze and stone: A conversation with Robert Shure.

stone building, dirty stone

Cleaning Stone Buildings

When it comes to stone buildings, take a measured approach.

cornice garland

Early-20th Century Cornice Replication

Time-honored sheet-metalwork replicates an elaborate, early-20th century cornice with authentic—and improved—details.

gilding process

Gilding

The history and application of gilding.

St. Andrew's Church

Steeplework at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church

Faithful steeplework replicates timber spires in steel and new slate at St. Andrew's Catholic Church.

The School of Athens, Renaissance fresco

Frescoes

Quick in execution and long-lasting, frescoes are known as a true art form.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina

Preserving Decorative Finishes

The art of preserving decorative finishes.

Buying Guide Spotlight

ProWood Arts and Crafts Homes Product of hte Week With Circle

ProWoodMarket®

Supplier of US.-made Cedar Architectural Accents: Brackets, Corbels, Tails, Porch and Gable Brackets, Screen Doors, Shutters, and Post Caps, Mantels and more. Custom work; nationwide shipping.

Blogs & Opinion Pieces

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A New Reality

Virtual trade shows, conferences and online education are a new reality for old-time traditionalists in the traditional building practice. Most of us prefer the engagement and intimacy of in-person events but I haven’t been to one in over a year. Like the school kids attending virtual classes, our on-screen attention spans are getting short. Screen fatigue is a new occupational hazard.

Francesco Solimena - Venus at the Forge of Vulcan, 1704

The Romantic Craftsman

The eyes we use to see will determine the world that reveals itself to us.

Bullfinch Capitol ND collection

Beauty, Traditional Architecture, and Unity

President Trump set out an Executive Order that calls for a Commission to suggest guidelines for restoring the beauty of traditional classicism in new federal buildings. A nonpartisan issue, President Biden should execute it immediately.

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Cheap Old House

The remodeling market now exceeds $400 B. Home prices are up too, a projected 5.7% increase this year.

The Grammar of Ornament, 1856.

Building Technology Heritage Library: Ornament

The APT Building Technology Heritage Library has a visual cornucopia of documents that tell the story or architectural ornament.