Archive for February, 2011
The rough carpentry apprentices are finishing up installing metal lath through out 5450 Dauphine Street and the plaster apprentices are working hard to plaster the whole house. 5450 Dauphine is really shaping up thanks to the Prince of Wales’s Rebuilding Communities Program!
Former millwork apprentice Malcolm Harding stopped by the PRC last week to say hello. We were very excited to hear that he is still working very hard at his craft and has set up a millshop at his house. He has been fortunate enough to be able to teach some of the skills he attained in the Prince’s Rebuilding Communities Programme with his friends and neighbors. We wish the best for Malcolm and hope to see him again in the near future!
The mill shop apprentices have been learning how to replicate historic brackets. Brackets are a support element found most commonly under the eave of a house. Brackets are usually quite decorative with intricate jigsaw work. Once complete these brackets will go into Operation Comeback house’s that have lost this architectural element over the years.
At 5450 Dauphine Street, located in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of New Orleans, the rough carpentry apprentices are finishing up installing salvaged door frames on the interior of the house. On these door frames they have take have taken salvaged material stored at the Preservation Resource Center’s warehouse and put them to good use as the interior door frame and casings throughout the side of the house that had lost most of its original interior architectural details. The apprentices have also milled and installed a new pocket door frame as seen below. Overall the students are learning valuable skills in restoration.
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans has been nominated for the AIA’s Sustainable Honor Awards!
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The mill shop apprentices have been learning how to replicate historic fire place mantels. The apprentices (Vincent Mark, Stephen Grunewald, Mallory Gluek, Christine Simpkin, Chad Simpson, and Michael Andrepont) are creating these mantels from an old mantel from the Preservation Salvage Store. They are learning how to choose the correct router bits to match historic cuts, create such detailed items as the brackets that support the mantel, and how important scale is even in small architectural details, such as mantels. Once complete the mantels will be installed in Operation Comeback houses that have lost their mantels over the years.
5450-52 Dauphine Street is working towards completion with the help of the apprentices. Above is the finished plaster in the front room with the three coats of plaster (scratch coat, brown coat, and finish coat). Remember this house will be for sale once complete! For more information on this and other available properties please visit our site at http://www.prcno.org/programs/operationcomeback/listings/.
A big thank you to the University of Illinois at Chicago students, who donated their time to do exterior painting, caulking, and fence building at 2404 St. Ann! Volunteers make a huge difference in our projects, they help us to continue our work preserving New Orleans’ architectural heritage, and we are grateful to all that have helped on our properties!