Conservators At Work

 A Behind the Scenes Tour of EverGreene Architectural Arts

Speakers: Kim Lovejoy, Senior Business Developer, and Bill Mensching, Creative Director, EverGreene Architectural Arts, New York, NY

2 AIA HSW Learning Units

This tour will take participants to EverGreene’s new 20,000 square foot architectural arts studio in Brooklyn’s Industry City. Industry City is an adaptive reuse of six million square feet of industrial space on Brooklyn’s waterfront in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Today, artisans, designers, and chefs are at work in this hub of creativity. EverGreene Architectural Arts is one of the largest architectural conservation and restoration studios in North America. Established in 1978, EverGreene’s mission is to provide pre-construction and construction services for significant buildings requiring conservation, restoration or new design. EverGreene’s staff is comprised of designers and makers creating a variety of architectural arts, such as: murals, fine art, decorative plaster and paint, gilding, metals, mosaics and other finishes. Attendees will be able to view the hands-on work being undertaken by EverGreene artisans to restore and, at times, remake crucial interior features. Participants will learn about Industry City as well as observe several design, plaster and mural conservation projects in process. This will be an opportunity to understand the workings of a modern paint and decorative arts studio.

Note: Participants should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for extensive walking and standing. Participants will travel via subway; fare passes are included in the tuition fee.

Learning Objectives:

Apply lessons learned from the adaptation of former industrial buildings into contemporary use.
Explain values and protocols that drive the organization and execution of preservation practice today.

Gain familiarity with a number of conservation practices for a number of historical building materials through observation and Q&A during the tour.
Recognize in one’s future work when to call a conservator for work on historic buildings and how to manage that process.