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    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online via Zoom

    WCAPT's "Hardhat Optional" series continues with a presentation

    by John Fidler, Maria Mohammed & Christina Varvi

    Saving Streamline Moderne: Conservation of 1939 facades of the former May Company department store for reuse as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

    Click here to join via Zoom!

    After a long gestation period (2012 - 2020), preparations are now underway for the grand opening on September 30, 2021 of the $482 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

    The 300,000 sq. ft., facility comprises the adaptive reuse of the 1939 Streamline Moderne style former May Co department store as exhibition space and offices, linked by ingenious glazed bridges to a new Sphere Building that houses two world-class movie auditoria suspended on giant legs over an open piazza. While Renzo Piano’s overarching design and Buro Happold’s engineering have received much recent publicity, the less obvious though award-winning stabilization of the May Company Department store’s (now Saban Building) facades now receive their due.

    Preservation specialists John Fidler (John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc), Maria Mohammed (Structural Focus), and Christina Varvi (RLA Conservation) will provide an online presentation about their work on the original limestone, granite and gold-glass mosaic claddings over A. C. Martin’s steel-framed structure, explain their means to verify the extent of deterioration, and to retain and repair original features. The conservation work saved over 80 percent of the historic facades and contributed greatly to the LEED Gold status awarded to the overall project.

    Delegates will:

    • Learn to identify Streamline Moderne style elements of the former May Co. Department store.
    • Recognize issues created from previous incomplete diagnoses and repair of the building’s cladding.
    • Review the use of remote sensing techniques and focused laboratory testing to inform material deterioration assessments and comprehensive strategies for repair.
    • Discover the innovative use of helical friction anchors to retain historic fabric, and methods deployed to remove systematic risk of water ingress.
    • Respond successfully to unanticipated field surprises.

     Join us on Wednesday, May 19th at 4.30pm PST.

    Registration is free at www.wcapt.org!

    Visit www.wcapt.org to register!

Past events

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Mission San Gabriel - A conversation with Mel Green
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 GONE TO POT? With John Fidler
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 ALCATRAZ CELLHOUSE - WCAPT Happy Hour & Presentation
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 WCAPT Virtual Happy Hour
Thursday, April 30, 2020 WCAPT Virtual Happy Hour
Friday, March 27, 2020 2020 Annual Meeting - Hearst Castle
Thursday, December 05, 2019 WCAPT Trivia Night - LOS ANGELES
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Fire Safety - Up in Smoke
Saturday, April 13, 2019 2019 Annual Meeting Only
Saturday, April 13, 2019 2019 Annual Meeting - Mission Beach Boardwalk Tour
Friday, April 12, 2019 2019 Annual Meeting - Salk Tour
Friday, March 29, 2019 Malibu Tiles and Murals: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Historic Preservation - A Comparison Between the United States and France
Thursday, September 20, 2018 James R. Browning U. S. Court of Appeals Building Tour and Happy Hour
Saturday, April 07, 2018 WCAPT Annual Meeting ONLY
Saturday, April 07, 2018 WCAPT Annual Meeting - Reception Only
Saturday, April 07, 2018 WCAPT Annual Meeting- PM Tour
Saturday, April 07, 2018 2018 WCAPT Annual Meeting-AM Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Market Street Railway Mural Tour
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Broadway Trade Center Tour and Workshop Part Two
Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 WCAPT Annual Meeting - Secondary Registration (without GCI Lab Tour)
Friday, February 24, 2017 2017 WCAPT Annual Meeting
Friday, September 16, 2016 Masonry Repair & Restoration Workshop
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Broadway Trade Center Tour and Workshop
Saturday, April 23, 2016 Sponsorship for Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 23, 2016 2016 Annual General Meeting & Three Tours
Friday, April 22, 2016 Friday Tour: Paolo Soleri's ArcoSanti
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Anti-Corrosion Workshop: Modern Techniques for the Preservation of Historic Buildings
Saturday, November 21, 2015 The Judson Studios Tour and Lunch Social
Friday, October 09, 2015 Mission: Santa Barbara
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Coit Tower Tour and Happy Hour
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Tour, Sacramento
Thursday, June 25, 2015 Hibernia Bank Tour, San Francisco
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Manuel Palos Studio Tour
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Bradbury & Bradbury Wallpapers
Thursday, April 02, 2015 WCAPT Happy Hour!
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Hibernia Bank Tour and Happy Hour
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2015 Annual Meeting Sponsorship
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2015 Annual Meeting SVS Presentation and Tour
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2015 Annual Meeting Gladding McBean Tour
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Los Angeles County Hall of Justice Tour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Tour/Presentation of Ace Hotel/UA Theatre Renovation, wine reception
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2014 Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Eames House Tour
Monday, November 18, 2013 Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Explore Exploratorium Rehabilitation!
Thursday, June 27, 2013 Hallidie Building Tour and Happy Hour
Saturday, June 01, 2013 Japanese House Restoration at Huntington Library
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Hangar to High Tech: Reimagining Post Industrial Adaptive-Reuse
Saturday, February 16, 2013 2013 ANNUAL MEETING, BERKELEY

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