Historic Masonry Restoration
Instructor: John Lambert
Regular Registration: $1000
Increase your understanding how historic masonry buildings were originally built and designed to function. Explore the causes of deterioration and how to best prevent them. Learn the best practices for repointing mortar joints, stripping paint, cleaning masonry, repairing cracks and crafting repairs that both visually match and perform well. Understand how to insure compatibility between new repair materials and the original masonry.
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John Lambert (Understanding Historic Masonry Mortars, Historic Masonry Restoration, and Architectural Stone Repair and Restoration) is the Founder / President of Abstract Masonry Restoration, a 29-year-old historic masonry restoration contracting and consulting company located in Boston, Massachusetts, and Salt Lake City, Utah. He has provided the historic masonry consulting and/or contracting services for several of America’s most notable masonry buildings and has overseen 1600+ successful masonry restoration projects. Additionally, he provides historic masonry expert witness and litigation support services. Heavily involved with providing customized hands-on training for those interested in learning how to properly care for historic brick, stone, terra cotta, adobe stucco and concrete structures, John has conducted hands-on historic masonry workshops at the International Preservation Studies Center (née Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies) for over 16 years. He strongly advocates broadening his students’ appreciation for historic masonry by organizing and leading annual trips to such locations as England/Wales, the Caribbean, and various lighthouses. He has studied and trained in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy and Mexico. John is a sought after speaker/trainer at historic preservation conferences and workshops. In addition to serving on several historic preservation-related boards, his historic preservation leadership includes chairing the Board of the Traditional Building Skills Institute at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, as well as serving on ASTM Subcommittee C12.03.03, the task group charged with developing new standards for restoration mortars, and the ASTM task group charged with updating and reinstating the ASTM standard for Natural Cement. He was chosen as the historic masonry expert for the television production THIS OLD HOUSE for a project in East Boston, MA. In 2007, John was honored with the Lucybeth Rampton Award, presented to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to historic preservation and whose vision and activities have significantly impacted the preservation movement. John is a passionate collector of rare and historic books, art and documents written about masonry materials and practices during the 1700’s to early 1900’s. An avid student of these valuable resources, he has gained unique insight into the minds of the architects, engineers and craftsmen of the time. He is an expert on the evolution of early American unit masonry mortars. As hobbies, John enjoys raising prime grass fed organic beef cows, enjoying his 4 grandsons, long distance cycling and playing competitive basketball. www.masonry-restoration.com