RESTORE Workshops on Architectural Conservation

The RESTORE Workshops on Architectural Conservation Techniques offer an in-depth examination of specific issues relating to the latest materials and methods in architectural conservation. The workshops are designed to travel to various parts of the country. They usually last from two to three days and can be tailored to the needs of any organization. The portable laboratory enables RESTORE participants to gain hands-on experience in the identification and basic analysis of materials and preservation treatments. RESTORE workshops have been sponsored by architectural design firms, government institutions and preservation groups. Topics have included: technology of masonry cleaning, composite repairs, mortar matching, coatings and consolidants and the health and environmental hazards inherent in restoration materials and processes.

RESTORE has presented intensive workshops on masonry conservation for a number of organizations, including:

  • Department of Design and Construction of New York City
  • New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • AIA Committee on Historic Resources
  • National Park Service
  • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
  • Historic Charleston Foundation
  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • International Masonry Institute Industry Groups

Subjects covered in workshops presented by RESTORE have included:

  • Cleaning Masonry Structures: Current Practice and Technology
    • Properties of Masonry Materials
    • Weathering and Soiling Characteristics
    • Selection of Appropriate Cleaning Processes
    • Materials and Methods of Cleaning
    • Case Studies
  • Composite Repair Materials for Masonry: Repair of Sandstone & Limestone
    • Properties of Materials used in Composite Repair of Masonry
    • Selection of Appropriate Repair Materials and Methods
    • Mechanical Repair Techniques
    • Mold Making and Casting of Architectural Ornament
    • Case Studies
  • Formulation of Mortar Mixes for Pointing and Composite Repairs
    • Physical and Chemical Properties of Mortars
    • Analysis of Traditional Mortars
    • Formulation of Appropriate Replication and Repair Mortars
    • Use of Lime-Cement Mortars in Masonry Restoration
    • Case Studies
  • Coatings and Consolidants for Masonry: Current Practice and Technology
    • Chemical and Physical Properties of Coatings and Consolidants
    • Appropriate and Inappropriate Use of Coatings and Consolidants
    • Proper Application of Coatings and Consolidants
    • Case Studies
  • Understanding the Health and Environmental Hazards Inherent in Architectural Restoration Work
    • A Survey of the Health and Safety Hazards Inherent in Materials and Processes Used in Building Restoration
    • The Basic Principles of Health, Safety, Toxicology, and Occupational Illnesses Associated with Restoration Work
    • Procedures for Evaluating and Specifying Safe Products
    • Methods of Working Safely with Hazardous Products when Necessary