It may have been one of the coldest days of the winter so far, but that didn’t prevent Prof. Butler’s project management class from enjoying their site visit to 329 East Bay Street this past Thursday. Tim Sites, project manager for Luxury Simplified Group’s largest current renovation project, was kind enough to let the students tour the house from the ground up. He explained the budget and timeline for the project, introduced the group to several gifted carpenters and tradsemen on site, and gave everyone a chance for some Q and A about his role as project manager for Luxury Simplified, who plans to renovate the house for event and office space. Tim explained that the company is going out of their way to salvage and repair as much as possible, and they’ve already removed several unsympathetic recent alterations to the three story early nineteenth century masonry building, better known as the Gadsden House. Here’s a few pictures of the students enjoying the field trip:
Please join us this Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Simons Center 309, where Dr. Mariana Esponda of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada will present a lecture entitled, “The Power of Heritage: Design + Technology + Cultural Values.”
Mariana Esponda is an Associate Professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University, and the coordinator of the Architectural Conservation and Sustainability program since 2008. Dr. Esponda has been working on heritage buildings, in both the private and public sector, for the last 15 years in North America and Spain to fully understand historical constructions and to allow a new life through contemporary use. Her projects include restoration on modernism historical facades, adaptive reuse on churches and monasteries, conditional assessment and rehabilitation on existing structures.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Gilmore is teaching this semester’s senior paper course, where the theme is “Religious Landscapes of the Lowcountry”. This week the group headed out to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Ashley River Road and then to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee.
Here is “group van selfie” from the field trip: