Tag: conservation

Low-Cost, Non-Destructive Moisture Monitoring in Adobe Walls using Embedded RFID Technology

Background Historically, in situ monitoring of moisture movement in existing walls has been a challenge. Even today, few reliable, validated methods exist which are non-invasive or destructive. The task is made far more difficult for earthen materials (rammed earth, adobe, etc.) for which destructive techniques can be especially damaging, and feasible, nondestructive methodologies are generally […]

The Vizcaya Mansion Grotto

Last May I was lucky enough to be included in a team, along with Courtney Magill and led by Frank Matero, to travel down to the Vizcaya Mansion in Miami, Florida to have a discussion of the conservation of the grotto there, the ceiling of which was the canvas for one of Robert Chanler’s few […]

Environmental Diagnostics at Fort Union National Monument, Part 2

In June, the Penn Architectural Conservation Lab, under the direction of Frank Matero, assembled a team to revisit Fort Union National Monument. Each member of the team, comprised of current graduate students as well post-graduate fellows (myself included), had a specific focus. Topics ranged from surveying and analyzing the current structural bracing present on the […]