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    • Saturday, June 22, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Rock Island, Door County, WI
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    Please join APTWGLC on Saturday, June 22 for a tour of several historic buildings on Rock Island in Door County, WI. The tour will coincide with the restoration of wood windows and primary arcades of the boat house, as well as maintenance repairs to the Lake Superior limestone façade. Representatives from Insite Consulting Architects and Berglund Construction will be leading the tour. 

    Please also join us for dinner on Friday, June 21 and Saturday night. Tentative plans are to have dinner on Washington Island on Friday night and on the mainland on Saturday night. Please email us at aptwglc@gmail.com if you are interested in joining for dinner one or both nights so we can plan accordingly.  

    Rock Island is a wooded island off the tip of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula at the mouth of Green Bay in Door County, Wisconsin.  The uninhabited island is approximately 1.6 miles long and 1.1 miles wide and is almost entirely owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which maintains Rock Island State Park. The ten historic buildings on this island were built by Icelandic-American inventor, Chester Thordarson as part of his summer estate in 1910, and are listed as part of the Thordarson Estate National Historic District (NHRP # 85000641). The buildings were uniquely laid with Lake Superior limestone, many with washed, rounded field stones by Icelandic crafts people. 

    Beginning in 2018, the DNR embarked on a program of restoration of the buildings on the island culminating in this year’s project which focuses on the windows of the primary arcades and other restoration of wood elements damaged during the recent, year’s long high-water conditions. The rounded lake superior limestone façade will receive needed maintenance as well as areas of cast concrete red stone. This year’s work focuses on the boat house & great hall that was built as part of a larger planned development.

    The Scope of Work included a detailed condition investigation of eight historic masonry buildings with varying degrees of design and construction. In a remote location, with very limited infrastructure, a focused and detailed approach to meeting the project’s goals has been employed to realize the project’s goals. The project has leveraged the unique character for the eight masonry and wood framed buildings all of which required unique and specialized treatments. Treatments ranged from repointing, stone repairs and water-table/sill preservation and restoration, structural wood repairs, painting, wood window restoration, and clay tile roof repairs. 

    ***Additional logistical information will be provided to attendees. See below for some initial information:

    ***Please note Rock Island is a remote island at the tip of Door County and no cars or bikes are allowed on Rock Island. A public passenger ferry (first come first served) will take us from Jackson Harbor on Washington Island directly to the boat house on Rock Island ($15/adult, round trip).

    ***To get to Rock Island a car ferry to Washington Island is required (first come first served) ($28/car and additional $15/adult, round trip) Follow link for additional Washington Island Ferry information: https://wisferry.com/washington-island. From there it is a short drive from the car ferry landing to Jackson Harbor (15-20 min.)

    ***Several lodging options are available on Washington Island, hotels do fill up quickly in Door County. Please contact us if you need help finding arrangements and we will do our best to help point you in the right direction.

    ***Reservations for dinner will be made based on the number of persons notifying us at aptwglc@gmail.com. Individuals will be responsible for their own expenses (we're going dutch!).

    ***The boat house will be an active construction site and proper attire is required, closed toe shoes and hardhats. All are encouraged to bring their own hardhat.

    • Friday, July 12, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Royal Thai Pavilion, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704
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    Please join the APT WGLC on Friday July 12, to tour the in-progress work at the Royal Thai Pavilion, located at the Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. The revival of the Royal Thai Pavilion includes the replacement of traditional materials including wood, clay roof tiles, and lead flashings, and the restoration of highly ornamented decorative paints, gold leaf gilding, and mirrored mosaic tiles. This tour will be conducted by Stacey Keller of InSite Consulting Architects and Kalam Construction Company, and will coincide with in-progress decorative finishes work. 

    The Royal Thai Pavilion in Madison, Wisconsin is one of only six pavilions outside of Thailand, given as a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the City by the Thai Royal Family.  The structure is built of traditional materials, including wood, clay roof tiles, and lead flashings, and highly ornamented with decorative painting, gold leaf gilding, and mirrored mosaic tiles.  All of its original materials and construction were created in Thailand and reconstructed at its current site. With its continuous exterior exposure in a northern climate, the tropical based materials were beginning to fail after 20 years.

    New tiles were specified with northern clay tile requirements, and the team worked to create an exact match of the original tiles.  New strategies for weather barriers were incorporated into the roofing system to prevent continued damage to the ceiling panels below. Modern and traditional techniques were provided for wood repairs of dry-rotted conditions, decorative paint, stenciling, gold leaf gilding, and mosaic tile replacement to bring the structure back to its original grandeur.


Past events

Friday, June 07, 2024 Archistoric Products Studio Tour
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 School of the Art Institute Chicago, Historic Preservation Program Mentoring Event
Friday, April 05, 2024 2024 Symposium: Open Spaces: Innovative Approaches for Preserving the Objects in and Design of Parks, Cemeteries, Plazas, and Byways
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 Demystifying the OSHA Facade Access and Fall Protection Requirements: Tips and Tricks for Your Next Project
Friday, February 23, 2024 Edith Farnsworth House - Project Tour
Saturday, November 18, 2023 APT WGLC Members Tour of the American Terra Cotta Museum
Thursday, October 26, 2023 Members-only Tour of Chicago Board of Trade Building (and happy hour)
Friday, September 29, 2023 APT PETC Student Design Build Team Practice Presentation
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 Tour of the JI Case Building
Wednesday, August 09, 2023 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Wednesday, August 02, 2023 Happy Hour at Historic Turner Hall
Thursday, June 29, 2023 Tour of the Evanston Masonic Temple
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 Fort Snelling Upper Post Tour
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Members only tour of the Baha'i Temple
Thursday, April 27, 2023 2023 Symposium: Masonry: History, Materials, and Repair
Wednesday, April 05, 2023 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Saturday, March 25, 2023 School of the Art Institute Chicago, Historic Preservation Program Mentoring Event
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Thursday, February 02, 2023 Members Only Mosaic Workshop
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 City Church Ruins Transformation: More Than Meets the Eye in Gary, Indiana
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Investigation & Repair of Rotted Wood-Pile Foundations
Friday, October 07, 2022 Members Only Lannon Stone Quarry Tour
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 When Measuring Isn’t Enough – Evaluating Existing Structures
Thursday, September 15, 2022 Milwaukee Documentation Workshop
Thursday, September 08, 2022 Happy Hour with Docomomo/WI and Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Thursday, August 11, 2022 “Greening” of Historic Buildings: Integration of Ground Source Heat Pumps into Historic Buildings
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Thursday, June 30, 2022 Members-only Tour of the Old Republic Building
Thursday, May 19, 2022 Chicago Record Row - Members only tour
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Friday, May 13, 2022 University of Wisconsin - Stout Campus Tour
Thursday, April 28, 2022 The Structure of Skyscrapers in America, 1871-1900 Their History and Preservation
Saturday, April 02, 2022 School of the Art Institute Chicago, Historic Preservation Program Mentoring Event
Thursday, March 03, 2022 Members Only Stained Glass Workshop
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Bulletin Club - Ethics and Preservation
Thursday, September 09, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Members-Only Tour of the Chicago Cultural Center's Grand Army of the Republic Rooms
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Friday, June 25, 2021 Plaster Workshop: Mold-Making and Margaritas
Thursday, May 06, 2021 Members-Only Tour of KAM Isaiah Israel
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Online WGL Chapter Bulletin Club
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 WGL Chapter Bulletin Club
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Monday, March 09, 2020 APT WGLC Bowling Social and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Minnesota Bulletin Club
Monday, November 04, 2019 Frank Lloyd Wright UNESCO World Heritage List Inscription Lecture
Thursday, October 24, 2019 Haunted Architecture Walk - Chicago
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Minnesota Bulletin Club - Laser Cleaning
Friday, September 27, 2019 Project Tour: Milwaukee Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Friday, September 06, 2019 Historic Lime Techniques Workshop
Thursday, August 01, 2019 Members-only Tour of Old Cook County Hospital
Friday, July 19, 2019 Casting Foundry Tour - Becker Precision Casting, Inc.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Saturday, June 22, 2019 Guided Tour of the House of Tomorrow
Friday, May 17, 2019 2019 APT WGLC / CHSA Symposium: Preservation of Industrial Archaeology and Its Construction History
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 FLW Seth Peterson Cottage Tour and Restoration Review
Saturday, April 06, 2019 APT WGLC/SAIC Historic Preservation Program Student Mentoring Event
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Traditional Building: Vernacular Means and Methods
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Wisconsin Bulletin Club
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Thursday, February 28, 2019 Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates Laboratory Tour
Thursday, February 21, 2019 APT WGLC Bowling Social
Thursday, January 24, 2019 Chicago: APT WGLC Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 24, 2019 Minneapolis: APT WGLC Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 24, 2019 Madison: APT WGLC Annual Meeting
Friday, December 07, 2018 Decorative Gilding Workshop
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Thursday, November 01, 2018 Haunted Architecture Walk
Friday, October 26, 2018 Terrazzo Restoration Workshop
Monday, September 24, 2018 APTI College of Fellows Keynote Address - Live Stream Viewing
Monday, September 17, 2018 Structural Engineering in Historic Preservation - Examples of Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright's Redesigned Fabyan Villa Tour
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Wisconsin Bulletin Club Meeting
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Minnesota Bulletin Club Meeting
Friday, June 29, 2018 Union Station - WGLC Member Tour
Monday, June 11, 2018 Preservation of Fire-Damaged Platteville Limestone
Monday, June 04, 2018 Building Science and Preservation Workshop
Saturday, April 21, 2018 2018 Symposium: Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures
Thursday, April 12, 2018 School of the Art Institute, Historic Preservation Program Mentorship Event
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Bulletin Club, MN and WI
Thursday, February 15, 2018 APT WGLC Bowling Social
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Bulletin Club and Chapter Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Lecture on FLW's Unity Temple Restoration
Thursday, January 11, 2018 2018 Annual Meeting and Presentation on the Restoration of All Saints Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Old Chicago Main Post Office - WGLC Members Tour
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Bulletin Club Meeting
Monday, November 06, 2017 History and Use of Scagliola
Friday, October 27, 2017 Historic Decorative Stenciling Workshop
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Preservation and River's Edge Redevelopment Tax Credits - Rockford
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Old Chicago Main Post Office - WGLC Members Tour
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 APT WGLC Bulletin Club
Friday, September 15, 2017 School of the Art Institute, Historic Preservation Program Mentorship Event
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Happy Hour Downtown Tour - Elgin, IL
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 APT WGLC Pecha Kecha
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Cobblestone and River Rock Construction of the Fox Valley
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Old Nichols Library Condition Assessment
Thursday, June 08, 2017 Unity Temple Tour for APT Western Great Lakes Chapter Members
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 GSA Documentary: Modernism Renewed
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Bulletin Club Meeting
Saturday, April 22, 2017 2017 APT WGLC Symposium - Preservation and the Environment
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Building Leadership Conference for Women in Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC)*
Thursday, April 06, 2017 Historic Structures Symposium - Look But Don't Touch: Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of Historic Buildings - Fundamentals and Real World Applications
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 APT Bulletin Club
Thursday, March 09, 2017 APT WGLC Bowling Social
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Fellows Round-table Discussion and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Bulletin Club Meeting
Friday, November 18, 2016 Galloy & Van Etten Cut Stone Contractors workshop visit
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Bulletin Club Meeting
Thursday, October 06, 2016 Happy Hour!

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