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Monel or Monel metal is an alloy made of nickel (roughly 70%), copper (25 to 29%), and a small percentage of manganese, silicone, carbon, and iron. This mixture was popular from the early to mid 1900s and was used in several architectural applications. Monel is stronger than steel, resistant to corrosion, and readily fabricated. (Read more...)
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Built in 1936, the Lamar Barn is like thousands of other log structures constructed in the rustic style between the late teens and World War II. The two-story barn is made of Lodgepole Pine logs, daubed with mortar on the out-side, chinked with wood on the inside, and set on a stone and concrete foundation. Typical of this type of building, the intersecting log wall crowns extend 12" to 28" from the corners of the building.
After about sixty years, decay had taken its toll. More than half of the extending crowns were so rotten that it was possible to pull large chunks of the heartwood out of the exposed ends. In the summer of 1986, the National Park Service repaired and selectively replaced the log crowns using epoxy and fiberglass reinforcing in a project costing $39,706. (Read more...)
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In 1968, the Penn Central Transportation Company applied to the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission for a “certificate of appropriateness” in order to construct a 50-story office building over Grand Central Terminal. The Commission denied the application on grounds that the proposed office building would overwhelm and otherwise interfere with the historic and aesthetic integrity of the landmark-designated terminal building. The plaintiffs filed suit against the Commission alleging that its application of New York City Landmark Preservation Law had effected a taking of property without just compensation and arbitrarily deprived the owners of their property without due process. (Read more...)
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