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Senior Historic Preservation Spec...

ARCHITEXAS - Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, Inc.
Phone: (214) ***-****  HQ Phone
1907 Marilla St. 2Nd Floor
Dallas , Texas 75201
United States

Company Description: ARCHITEXAS - Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, Inc. is a design-oriented firm whose mission is to serve our clients and community by creating and...   more

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ARCHITEXAS - Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, Inc., 15 July 2015 [cached]
Leading the tour were Jay Firsching, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, and Emily Simon, Historic Preservation Specialist of ARCHITEXAS.
Jay Firsching
|| ARCHITEXAS ||, 5 Feb 2011 [cached]
Jay Firsching
Palladio Awards 2006, 14 Sept 2012 [cached]
Architect: Architexas - Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, Inc., Dallas, TX; Gary Skotnicki, principal in charge; Richard Martratt, project architect; Jay Firsching, David Chase, Carrie Zaboroski, Elizabeth Cummings, Jeff Cummings, associates
"The new design is an adaptation of Clayton's second version," says Jay Firsching, preservation specialist at Architexas. "We felt like the middle design most closely matched the style of the building as it was intended to be constructed," he explains.
Mosaic Art: Millard Sheets' Mosaic Masterpiece is Rescued, 1 Mar 2012 [cached]
"Everything was done beautifully," said Jay Firsching, senior preservation specialist at Architexas, a firm that specializes in architectural preservation. "Everything was thought out that was done in that building.
Firsching said a liquidation sale occurred in the 1990s, and pieces were dispersed by the semi-trailer-load via a blind auction. The mosaics, though, remained. They were too cumbersome to move, and many were set into the travertine walls. Like the ancient mosaics among the ruins of Pompeii, the Sheets mosaics were stranded.
"What's interesting to me about the collection is how extensive and dramatic and fine it was, and how utterly forgotten it was," Firsching says.
Jay Firsching, a ... [cached]
Jay Firsching, a preservation specialist with ARCHITEXAS, explained the grant's details at a special meeting Tuesday.He said the county would have to supply at least 15 percent of the cost for renovations to receive the grant, and the state can give up to $6 million toward repairs.
The catch is that the courthouse would be fully remodeled, inside and out, to match its original 1930s architecture.Modern amenities, such as telephone lines, Internet ports, air conditioning and heating would remain; the physical aspects would return to original materials and design.
"We call it rehabilitation; it would look like it did historically, but with all the modern necessities," Firsching said."Anything you can imagine wanting in a modern courthouse, you can have."
He added that the Texas Historical Commission would have to approve the design, which might include elements people don't like, but are historically accurate.
"There are aesthetic things they'll want you to do that you're not going to like," he said."But this is Cadillac work.They're going to do quality work."
Firsching said it would cost Rusk County roughly $2 million to reach the 15 percent mark; the state would supply the rest, up to $6 million, if the county's grant application is approved in January.
He said $2 million is what the county would pay to fix the masonry problems anyway, with or without the grant money.
The entire planning and construction process would take about five years, Firsching said.The grant operates in two-year cycles; first, the county would receive a planning grant to hire architects and lay out each step for the renovations.Two years later, the county would receive a construction grant to begin the renovation process.
Firsching told commissioners they would have five years to come up with the $2 million, which is due by the end of construction.He encouraged them to use more than one outlet to fund the project, adding that other counties have used bonds and community referendums to pay for court renovations.
"Be creative in trying to find the money," he said.
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