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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Simultaneously Simple and Complex

Yesterday’s mystery picture was a shot of the interior of the Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms in Vermont. I was recently in the building, being shown around (for the second time, actually) by Doug Porter, who was the architect for the most recent repair campaign.* The building is almost 400 feet long and, as the …

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It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s A Fake

A nice little park in Ticonderoga, New York, on the edge of the Adirondack Park, and it has a pretty little covered bridge. People think of covered bridges as being a New England phenomenon, and particularly a Vermont one, but there are a fair number of covered bridges in New York as well. The problem …

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