The Wheel Turns

I’ve mentioned the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava before. I’ll be writing it about it this week because we’ve reached an important milestone: there is once again a roof structure on the damaged building. This is not the first step that has been taken toward restoring the cathedral to use, but it is the …

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Historic Structural Detail: Iron and Wood

That beautiful girder-to-column connection is in an 1870s warehouse in the Bronx. The basics of it are quite simple: the two spans of girder are connected with a scarf joint, and sit on a cast-iron shoe that caps the column below. First off, there’s an interesting contrast here between the pre-fab, bulk-manufactured iron shoe and …

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Three Paths, All Dangerous

I was looking at fire damage in an old industrial building in Brooklyn and noticed that there were three distinct patterns. The photos below are from the top floor and the remnants of the hung plaster ceiling has been removed. (I) First, in some places the fire simply burned through – exceeded the timed rating …

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