Plum Island, WI
For the past four years, I have been working with the Midwest Regional Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve historic maritime resources located in the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Michigan. The properties include a Life-Saving Station (top) and Range Light complex (above), both built on Plum Island in 1896. Projects have included preparation and implementation of a condition assessment and stabilization plan for the structures, researching and writing a comprehensive history of the sites for a historic structures report, and overseeing rehabilitation work.
Red Wing, MN
Since 2013, I have worked with a preservation architect and a structural engineer to document and assess the condition of a number of public buildings and structures for the City of Red Wing, including the City Hall (pictured above), the T.B. Sheldon Auditorium (below), the Red Wing Waterworks, the Public Library, the Central Park Balustrade, and the Memorial Park Gateway. Work has included window, masonry, and roofing surveys, preparation of recommendations for rehabilitation, and construction monitoring.
Located in the Louisville Swamp unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the Jabs Farmstead is a collection of three vernacular rubble stone structures (a house, a granary, and the ruins of a barn) built in 1880. I prepared a stabilization plan for the structures in the spring of 2017, and helped to plan a hands-on preservation skills workshop for US Fish and Wildlife Service facilities maintenance staff in the fall to implement components of the plan. During the week-long workshop, staff from refuges as far away as Maine and Tennessee had an opportunity to work directly with masons and carpenters from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center. In just five days, participants repaired structural damage and installed a new roof on the granary, and rebuilt compromised door and window openings in the barn.