Great architecture deserves our attention and care.
Like many works of architecture and landscape, Charles Moore's work requires continual attention. Preservation is an ongoing effort that allows these inspiring places to welcome people from all over the world so they may in turn be inspired by Charles Moore's extraordinary talent and vision.
Here are just some of the projects recently completed or underway.
Parking Structure Restoration
The parking structure is a brilliant architectural folly, built of an ingeniously framework of massive Western Red Cedar timbers.
After 40 years, several of the timbers needed to be replaced.
So I and a team of helpers carefully shored up the structure with temporary braces. And then we gingerly removed elements one at a time, such as 17-foot long 6" x 6" chevrons.
After we inserted each new pieces, I taught my helpers about methods of post and beam connections with plates and carriage bolts. We also added extra blocks to reinforce some of the joints.
For the final phase, Kevin scrubbed and acid washed the whole structure so the old timbers would match the new ones.
Nobody could design roofs like Charles Moore. Why? He mastered the fundamentals of roof framing and then adapted traditional structural concepts into startlingly original solutions. The roofs are like oragmi tents that fold over complex plans, so that from within, one discovers soaring, complex volumes. "Keep the myth up off the floor," Charles loved to say.
However, Charles Moore was always stretching the budget of his own house projects, so the original roof was constructed only with rafters, purlins, and exposed fastener metal panels. Temperature differentials caused many of the screws to loosen, allowing water to penetrate and damage interior finished.
So we finally removed the entire roof. We then added insulated decking over the purlins, which tightened up the structure. The decking provided a continuous surface for a new self-healing water and ice membrane. When the new roof panels were screwed on, the membrane "heals" around the screws to create water tight seals.
This was a major project that will extend the life of the architecture for decades to come.
Staircase & Tower Study Floor Restoration
Charles Moore designed the great 3-story staircase as an abstract homage to the famous stone stair at Wells Cathedral in England.
Since the original carpeting was worn out after fifty years of use, the Foundation undertook a project to completely restore the stair.
After removing the carpeting, we re-clad the risers and steps in vertical grain Douglas Fir to match the dais upon which the Ahrend organ stands.
The Leland Burns Estate & Trust made this restoration possible. Thank you.
Kitchen and Floor Restoration
To prepare the Burns House for its new life as a place to welcome residents—scholars, musicians, composers, architects, and designers—a priority was to fully renovate and restore the kitchen.
The work essentially reproduced Charles Moore's original design, but with updated materials and energy efficient appliances.
Since the originally specified Cal-Ga-Crete tile was worn and stained beyond repair, the new owner of the company reproduced the tile for replacement.
We also restored areas of the house (bedroom, study, and guest bedroom) where original tile had been replaced with carpeting.
This gallery documents all of the framing work Kevin Keim built over the course of 20 months, from February 2021 to December 2022.
This gallery documents Kevin Keim installing the new Kebony timber slats, risers, treads, and railings..
Kebony is an extraordinary building material, made by expertly drying pine and then impregnating it with a bio-resin. The process stiffens the pine, makes it dimensionally stable, and aides in repelling water to resist rot. It is a joy to work with.
We are so GRATEFUL to Alex & Robbie Robinette for contributing extra materials from their gorgeous house projects in Austin.
KebonyUSA then multiplied this gift be contributing the rest of the material we needed for the project.