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T h e V e r m i l l i o n I n s t i t u t e

Steven McQuillin & Associates, Building Preservation Consultants

The Vermillion Institute is pleased to offer the following courses for Winter Term, January 2017:


RECONSTRUCTION

Discussions of how European cities handled reconstruction after the devastation caused by World War II, including the historic core of Warsaw, the palaces surrounding what was then Leningrad, Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, and central Munich. The stabilization of ruins after the war, including the Kaiser Wilhelm Church in Berlin and the city hall in Hiroshima will be explored. The controversial rehabilitation of the Reichstag in Berlin will be highlighted.


The post-Cold War reconstruction of the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the ongoing reconstruction of the central palace in Berlin will be featured. In America, reconstruction has been extremely rare, limited to places such as Colonial Williamsburg, but some classicists have suggested that instead of a new Penn Station in New York city of contemporary design, the historic 1910 McKim, Mead and White-designed Pennsylvania Station be reconstructed in whole or in part. Will reconstruction be seen as a viable alternative in limited situations? Will contemporary design be the only accepted approach?


Will historic-ism ever again be accepted as a widespread approach toward design and planning?


ADDITIONS TO HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Discussions on modern additions to historic buildings and their affect on the original building, its use, and the affect on the public. Students will explore precedents and discuss the effectiveness of the addition and whether or not a better approach and solution exist.


HISTORY OF PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE

Students will discuss civic structures and their influence on the public. How have these public buildings evolved (or devolved) over time, and how has this effected the mindset of the public? How can we design and restore these buildings to direct and influence the public?

CASE STUDIES IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION DESCRIPTION

  • Research seminar in techniques of documentation and analysis of historic sites and districts.

  • Discuss 3-4 different case studies of preservation projects either by McQuillin & Associates or another group.

  • Discussions will include analysis of documentation techniques and precedents, and of a typical analysis of a historic site.

PRESERVATION PLANNING DESCRIPTION

  • Planning tools for the identification and preservation of the historic environment.

  • Discuss tools and programs related to preservation planning

  • Discuss the usefulness and effectiveness of state and national program.

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE PRESERVATION

Overview of cultural historic landscape preservation principles and practices. Includes inventory and analysis of historic resources from a cultural landscape perspective. Qualities of integrity are studied in correspondence to location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, and feeling and association.

 

HISTORIC INTERIORS

Survey of the American domestic interior from the seventeenth to the twentieth century with emphasis on the social, cultural, economic, and technological currents that influenced the furnishing of American dwelling places. In addition to investigating period forms and materials, it explores the interpretation of primary sources and historical finishes.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

A seminar course analyzing the sustainability movement as intricately tied to historic preservation. History is examined through the evolution of policy and building science. Coursework investigates foundational theories from the sustainability field and emphasizes the multi-faceted movements existing and potential for interface with the discipline of preservation.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION TECHNOLOGY

Survey of the materials and systems of construction used in historic buildings and the causes of deterioration, obsolescence, and failure in buildings. Survey of the methods and philosophies of conservation and rehabilitation for historic buildings. Emphasizes identifying appropriate solutions to problems of deterioration and appropriate rehabilitation and restoration approaches.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PRESERVATION LAW AND PLANNING SURVEY OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN THE UNITED STATES

Emphasizes origins of current philosophies and approaches to preservation in the United States and the variety of organizations and agencies involved in preservation. Survey of fundamental legislation in the preservation field at federal, state, and local levels. Emphasizes applying knowledge of laws and regulations to actual situations in practice. Survey of types of preservation planning used by federal, state, and local governments.

 

History of American Architecture American architecture and urban-ism from its colonial beginnings to the present. Emphasizes European antecedents, transformation by American conditions, and the rise of distinctly American architecture. Discusses methods of disseminating architectural knowledge and conflicting points of view.

Intro to American Houses - An brief exploration of the many styles of American houses from colonial times to the mid 20th century.

 

CASE STUDIES IN PRESERVATION ENGINEERING

Introduction to structural engineering, loads on structures, and structural elements in buildings. Examines behavior and deterioration of primary structural materials in historic structures. Students examine real world examples of major engineering issues in existing structures to determine how conclusions are reached and how recommendations are made concerning the structure.

 

ADAPTIVE REUSE

This project-based course revolves around the production of an adaptive use space-planning scheme. Students will develop creative, logical processes to propose a reuse scheme consistent with real-world constraints.

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