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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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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.
Archived News 8/25/2K, 25 Aug 2000 [cached]
Jay Firsching, a restoration specialist with Architexas, worked with the Denton county Historical Commission to develop the plan.He made a detailed evaluation of the building and submitted a report to the executive committee, along with recommendations for repairs.
Mr. Firsching reported that the sandstone on the courthouse is deteriorating, and large pieces are falling from the exterior walls of the building.The material used to restore the sandstone in 1986 actually caused most of the deterioration, Mr. Firsching said.
He said some of the stones need to be replaced, but many of them can be repaired and stabilized.He also recommended removing the tinted concrete that coats the stones.The stone restoration will be the most expensive part of the restoration process, Mr. Firsching said.
The windows used in the renovation of the courthouse in 1986 are of poor quality, which causes water seepage into the building, he said.The water soaks into the walls, causing flaking plaster and paint.
The problem is most severe in some of the upstairs offices and the balcony of the commissioners courtroom.The windows in the pavilion are rotten and falling apart, the report said.Mr. Firsching recommends replacing all windows.
Flooding in the basement is caused primarily by the landscaping, Mr. Firsching reported, and also because the original French drain was not replaced during renovations.Water collects in the flowerbeds and seeps through the ground and from there into the walls of the basement.
He recommends getting rid of the plants around the courthouse, along with the underground sprinkler system, and adding a French drain to drain excess rainwater away from the building.
Although the terrazzo tile floor is in good condition, the report recommends replacing it with mosaic tile to restore the original look of the courthouse.
The master plan also suggests repairing the clock, which has been repaired in the past but hasn't worked in about a year.It also recommends using the entire basement for storage space for the museum archives.The basement is now used for the the mailroom and print room.
Mr. Firsching said the county has a good chance of getting all of the plan funded because Denton is a strong preservation community and the courthouse has all its historical designations already in place.The fact that Denton is a Main Street town will also help the county to get its application approved.
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
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Jay Firsching
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.
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