By guest blogger Catherine Emery
PART I Nothing brings a place alive like the work of many hands. Phase I of the Menokin Glass Project is underway as three interns dived deep into the Menokin stone databases to identify and locate cut and carved stone from the historic building.
Under the supervision of Encore Sustainable Design Architects Nakita Reed and Ward Bucher, the summer interns did a terrific job of updating files, re-tagging stones and finally moving them to giant, life-size print outs of the Menokin HABS drawings.
The students, Bethany Emenhiser, Sarah Rogers and Chris Cortner, came from around the U.S. and were attracted to Menokin’s innovative approach to preservation. But has the job been easy?
Only if you think moving 250 100-500 lb stones in 90 degree heat is light-weight work.
“It was fun to finally be able to move the stones to their proper places on the HABS drawings after spending weeks documenting and tagging them,” said Bethany Emenhiser, “but it was a long, hot day.”
Local contractor, Robert Yeatman, stands by as stones are indentified.
Pallets of stones were driven to the proper location on the HABS elevation, then hoisted into place by the interns
Sarah and Bethany directing traffic.
Nakita and Menokin E.D. Sarah Pope inspect the progress.
Hank Handler from Oak Grove takes his Bobcat driving very seriously.
A bird’s eye view of two of four elevations. You can see the house taking shape on top of the drawings.
Bringing in summer interns to help with preconstruction work was something of a no-brainer.The Menokin Foundation and its project partners were able to save essential funds and the interns gained valuable experience in the field, learned best practices for documentation and assessment of historic materials.
Though the preconstruction work has just begun, the progress is visible. Stop by Menokin and you’ll immediately see sorted stones atop the giant canvas drawings, a visual reminder that soon those same stones will be returned to the house.
Follow this link for PART II of this series.