Retrospective: Timber Conservation to Date
The following is our 2007 introduction to timber and masonry strengthening approaches we were investigating for the Menokin ruin in Warsaw, VA. At the time we were just completing the first phases of extraction and cataloguing of fallen elements from the basements. And we had just done an emergency stabilization to keep the one remaining relatively sound quadrant from buckling out into the field, so it was now even clearer how important it was to enclose the building to protect it from the elements.
We had just made our pitch to renowned glass engineer Tim Macfarlane to join the team. He was immediately interested in working with us to design a means of enclosing the missing walls with glass. With this document, we were introducing him to the next stage in our thinking about the project which would include the glass and original walls providing…
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