Masonry conservation case studies: LSU Law School 1936, St Alban's Chapel LSU 1929, and the Theta Xi Fraternity House LSU 1939

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Savoy, Richmond Gardner
masonry conservation case study
thesis / dissertation description
Re-construction/renovation/preservation and maintenance of historic or architecturally significant buildings is one of the most difficult tasks undertaken in the public sector market place by design professionals and constructors today. Wide variations exist in the level of knowledge, training, experience and expertise of all of the parties in such an endeavor, and all projects are different. One of the most underutilized and misunderstood roles in this environment is that the professional historic preservation consultant. This thesis attempts to illustrate the efficient and beneficial role of this specialist. Included are case studies for a 1939 fraternity house on the campus of LSU, the recent Renovation of the LSU Law School/Law Center (1936 and 1969), and St. Alban’s Chapel and Episcopal Student Center (1929) at LSU. There will be particular emphasis on material conservation, the erosion of historic information and original design detail, site documentation and site observation and the importance of these tasks in the building preservation process.