Historic Preservation

Johnson Wax Building – Concrete and Glass Tube Technology

by Peter Gozar February 3, 2016
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Located in Racine Wisconsin, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings that pushed concrete technologies at the time is the Johnson Wax Building.  The Johnson Wax Headquarters were built from 1936 to 1939.  The Headquarters includes the Administration Building, and Tower built from 1944-1950.  In 1976 […]

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The Architecture of Colorado’s Beginnings

by Anna Chmel December 20, 2015
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My sister and I recently took a bike ride to the historic site of Delaney Farm, several miles north of our childhood home in southern Aurora, CO. The well-used trail along Toll Gate Creek is a ride through tall, wild prairie grasses and the occasional […]

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And a Column Shalt be Under Thine Beam

by Matt Svoboda December 4, 2015
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One of the most frequently made mistakes in traditional design is the misalignment of a column with regards to the beam or entablature it is supporting.  The face of the beam (on both the inside and the outside) should align with the slenderest part of […]

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Nostalgic about NM and the Architecture of Acoma

by Peter Gozar October 29, 2015
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After almost nine years of living in New Mexico, my wife and two goldens have decided to leave the Land of Enchantment and move to Colorado.  In the time that I have lived there, I learned to appreciate the beauty of Santa Fe, its long […]

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Historic Preservation is the Conservation of our Cultural Heritage

by evstudio June 10, 2015

The practice of Historic Preservation is the conservation of our cultural heritage. Historic buildings, even when they’ve fallen to misuse and disrepair, are often important landmarks in the landscapes of our communities. In addition, many historic buildings are important chronicles of the activities and ways […]

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Doors Open Denver 2015

by Erik Larson April 10, 2015
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Doors Open Denver 2015 is approaching! Not familiar? Well, hold on to your hats, folks. Have you ever noticed a building in your normal day to day, and wonder what it would be like to go inside, walk around, or even get a guided tour? […]

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The Four Treatments for Historic Properties

by Anthony Ries December 2, 2014

When working with, or evaluating, federally registered historic structures it is important to understand the basic approaches that can be taken in regards to modifications. Rehabilitation: This treatment is when an owner wants to maintain the historic character of the building yet use it for […]

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Classification of Work and Scope in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara April 23, 2014

The International Existing Building Code is a building code that is being adopted by an increasing number of municipalities. While the International Building Code has provisions for existing buildings it offers fewer options than the IEBC. The first step in identifying the applicable code provisions […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 13, 2013

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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This or That #3: Arcade vs. Colonnade

by Matt Svoboda October 17, 2013

Good luck finding a book on classical architecture that doesn’t mislabel one or both of these features, so what’s the difference?  You’ll kick yourself…once you look at the roots the answer seems obvious. In this corner: an arcade is defined as “a series of arches […]

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Historic Preservation and Sustainability – One Strategy Contributing to Both Goals

by EVstudio AEP October 2, 2011

Dean and I had a very interesting meeting with the Heritage Resources Program Leader for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service last week and during our meeting we began discussing the idea of sustainability and historic preservation. This very topic will be […]

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The Abbey on Adams: Structural Design for a Historic Building Remodel

by evstudio October 1, 2011

EVstudio was recently awarded the contract to provide structural engineering services for the remodeling of a luxury condo unit located in a historic brick church at 14th and Adams in Denver. This church was repurposed as two unique luxury condo units in 2000. The scope […]

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