Archive for October, 2010
Steve Grunewald – Steve came to our program from Rebuilding Together. As a volunteer, he came to New Orleans 2 ½ years ago and was hooked: he worked in the mill shop and as a construction manager with RT, gaining an appreciation for historic details in houses. As a millwork apprentice, Steve is looking forward to fabricating windows, doors and cabinets and milling flooring.
Mallory Glueck – As an architecture student at Delgado, Mallory sees this opportunity as a chance to bridge the gap between what she’s learning in school and real world application. Mallory’s father owned a sheetrock company while she was growing up, giving her years of first-hand experience on construction sites. She sees New Orleans as a city with a rich cultural heritage that needs to be preserved for future generations.
Great piece in today’s Next American City “Buzz”!
Located in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, 5200 Dauphine was a storied, if not derelict, building post-Katrina. The 100-year old “camelback shotgun,” a two–story adaptation of the famous NOLA housing prototype, had acted first as a family residence and later as a neighborhood sandwich shop. The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) originally purchased the property with restoration in mind. However, years of neglect compounded by the floodwaters following Katrina left the bones of the building unsalvageable.
For a nonprofit whose mission is to rebuild historic buildings in blighted areas, the idea of razing the structure to build anew was unsettling. Architect Wayne Troyer of studio TWA offered an alternative: preservation through deconstruction. By carefully dismantling the building, the project team could preserve and catalogue high quality materials that reduced project costs and spoke of the narrative of the place. Through this effort, nearly 60% of the original building was salvaged.
Wilbert Brass – Wilbert believes everyone should play a part in helping their cities grow to make way for future generations. He hopes to learn much more about his craft, mill-work, so that he may continue to grow in his career.
Michael Andrepont – After four years in the Air Force, Michael began building stages for Tulane’s theater department and performing with four different bands in New Orleans. He is inspired by Louisiana’s historic architecture and hopes to gain skills to properly renovate buildings in our city.
Mary Beth Alhart – Mary Beth comes to us from Rochester, NY. She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and has been working as a jewelry maker and artist. Through the Prince’s Rebuilding Communities Program, she believes she has found her calling as an artist able to assist in the rebirth of New Orleans. She joins the program as an iron work apprentice.
Through out this month I will be posting an apprentice a day. Please check Preserving Green daily to learn their story!
Timothy Adams – Timothy has a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane and has been working at Trappolin Architects prior to joining the program. He hopes that the knowledge he gains as a brick masonry apprentice will help to make him a better designer and builder. He believes that by preserving our historic structures, we enable future generations to understand what worked well in the past and set a foundation of living knowledge to build upon.