Webinar: Gone to Pot

    May 27, 2021
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    ICRI-Metro New York presents Gone to Pot: The Restoration of a Long Beach Terra Cotta Church


    We invite you to join us via Zoom on Thursday, May 27th at 12:00 PM for a webinar with John Fidler of John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc.

    The event will be FREE for all ICRI-MNY chapter members, and $10 for non-members.

    A link to join the meeting will be sent out to all who have registered one day prior to the event. We hope you'll join us then!

    About the Presentation

    Over the last few weeks, the professional web networking site, LinkedIn, has been lit up by reactions to illustrated descriptions of a terra cotta restoration project in California. Project leader John Fidler, has been sharing the technical challenges and solutions of his tricky repair job to a 1915 steel-framed, brick-and-terra-cotta clad, First Congregational Church of Long Beach. 

    Designed in the Italian Romanesque style by architect H.M. Patterson and constructed originally for under $250,000, the masonry envelope has suffered badly. Primary damage in two earthquakes has been exacerbated by masonry subjected to a salty marine climate, just two miles from the country’s largest, most heavily-polluted port. Metal armatures in the brittle ceramic dressings have not fared too well….

    Fidler will describe the work to date, as the project moves to its final leg.

    About the Speaker

    John Fidler established the consultancy practice, John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc., in 2012,  offering his forty-one years of international, award-winning, technical experience in the conservation,  restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, ancient monuments and archaeological sites.  

    Current work includes the stabilization of the masonry ruins of the 1769 plantation house of Menokin,  Warsaw, VA; the stabilization and repair of the 1939 Slipstream Moderne facades of the Saban Building  (formerly the May Company department store and now the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures) in Los  Angeles; editing the fourth edition of the late Sir Bernard Feilden’s Conservation of Historic Buildings.


    $0.00 ICRI-MNY Chapter Members

    $10.00 Non-Members