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David H. Barkin
JCJ Architecture 38 Prospect Street Hartford, CT 06103 860/247-9226 860/524-8067 FAX email@example.com
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New Haven Superior Court on the Corner of Church and Elm Streets renovation and continuing restoration under the supervision of project manager / architect Roy Olsen of JCJ Architecture of Hartford and Chief Architect David H. Barkin of the State of Connecticut Division of Construction Services.
New Haven Superior Court on the Corner of Church and Elm Streets renovation and continuing restoration under the supervision of project manager / architect Roy Olsen of JCJ Architecture of Hartford and Chief Architect David H. Barkin of the State of Connecticut Division of Construction Services. For architects Roy C. Olsen, senior associate and director of technical resources at JCJ Architecture, and David Barkin, chief architect for the state of Connecticut, it has been a labor of love as they oversaw the restoration of one of the main anchors on the Green. Olsen has broad experience with building envelope restoration, while Barkin, who previously was a principal at JCJ Architecture, is noted for his historic-preservation expertise. Olsen and Barkin were back on Friday to conduct a tour and talk about the highlights of the project. Barkin said all the joints were raked out and the asbestos in the caulking removed from not only the south facade but the center facade on the east side along Church Street. The contractors also did considerable work on the Greek Ionic columns and the column capitals, as well as the windows, which went from single pane to a triple-paned system. Barkin said it was important that the windows were restored to maintain the historic accuracy of the courthouse. He said that was possible with all but two of them. Barkin said they completed what the state could afford at this time. Its unique, Barkin said. Barkin said it was a real intentional design element that we were able to restore to its original beauty. We also found a lot of issues with the built-in gutters, right under the lions head, Barkin said pointing to them along the top of the courthouse. He was particularly excited about the large, ornate brass doors at the main entrance, as well as the adjacent wall sconces, which were stripped of the black paint applied in an earlier maintenance effort. Barkin said they were in fairly good shape because they are somewhat protected. He said the workers used solvents to keep them from decaying further and the joints were repointed. The netting, which is difficult to detect, will keep future red hawks from nesting there, as they did in 2008. Barkin said stone carvers employed a Dutchman repair method, in which they took out a damaged piece of the scrolls on the column capitals, which were flaking. The craftspeople then recarved a piece to fit into the damaged portion, which was held in place with stainless steel dowels, he said. They then had stonecarvers up there finishing the carving to blend them in. It is really spectacular work, Barkin said. The two massive sculptural figures that are on marble pedestals on the stairs, one symbolizing Advocate and the other representing Lawmaker, will be attended to at a later time. The preservation method for these will just keep them from getting worse. The missing fingers will not be replaced, as there is no good photo documentation of the original sculptures, Barkin said. Anything else you can do will be false history, he added. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Barkin said he feels it should also be granted landmark status, not only for the structure itself, but for the trials that took place there, including the Griswold v. Connecticut challenge to the ban on contraception in the early 1960s and the Bobby Seale trial in 1970, among others. In addition to JCJ, which was the prime contractor, Building Conservation Associates out of New York City was part of the restoration job, as were Hoffman Architects of Hamden, who were responsible for the stairs, the foundation and the soffets. Both Olsen and Barkin have been associated with the project for a long time. Barkin originally was the principal architect when he was at JCJ and the firm won the bid for the work. He later left JCJ, and as the states representative, he is the now the firms client. Its great to see this stuff come back to life, Barkin said. One of the things that, when you do historic architecture, is that you can use and work with materials you just cant afford to work with these days and you can do in a way it was intended to be done. Its very satisfying, he said.
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