Happy Holidays from All of Us at PVN!
Our annual holiday cards for Preservation Design Works (PVN) showcase interesting architectural and engineering drawings from our projects. In 2012, we honored Leroy S. Buffington’s iron building construction patent from 1888 for Meghan Elliott’s presentation at the Skyscraper Symposium. In 2013, we highlighted a line drawing of C.A.P. Turner’s Bridge 92297, a single-span reinforced concrete flat slab bridge that was formerly located on Mississippi Street adjacent to Cayuga Avenue in Saint Paul. Last year’s drawing was particularly special since Casie Radford, an historical architect at PVN, created the drawing for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).
This year, our holiday card features the concrete reinforcement pattern for the historically significant water tower in Brainerd, Minnesota.
PVN has recently been working with the architecture and engineering firm LHB and the City of Brainerd to develop an Historic Structure Report (HSR). The HSR is based on Preservation Brief 43 "The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports" and includes an evaluation of significance, a site visit, limited conditions assessment, selection of a preservation treatment philosophy, and recommendations for immediate and long-term repairs that meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. One of the critical needs of the water tower is a new roof to replace the historic concrete roof. This project was financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.