We've had the very fortunate opportunity to
collaborate on several prominent garden
restorations with Will Rieley & Associates
and the Garden Club of Virginia, and complete
various projects for important properties listed
on the National Register of Historic Places,
including: Montpelier, Monticello, Belmont,
University of Virginia, Woodlawn Plantation,
Sailor's Snug Harbor, Burwell-Morgan Mill,
Mary Ball Washington House, Edgemont Farm,
Guthrie Hall, Blandy Farm, Hollins University,
Historic Jamestowne, and Sunnybank Farm.
Recent endeavors have found us departing
the terra firma for a nautical destination-
performing detailed restorations on historic
Robbins Reef Lighthouse, which is situated on
a rocky shoal in the midst of New York Harbor.
to view images of our work, click second button of slide show >
reproduction of historic bridges at Hollins University
Restoration of vernacular architecture and landmark sites is a means of preserving our cultural heritage, and the rehabilitation and reproduction of building details to exacting specifications allows us to coexist with the craftsmen and designers of times past. We share in their accomplishments while examining extant fragments, uncoupling joinery and removing layers of finish to reveal palimpsest notes. If we listen closely, remnants of an original artifact recite their own story, then graciously request a new lease on life. To repair a forlorn architectural element or re-create a missing one is indeed a rewarding experience, for most of what was built then is rarely ever built that way today.
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