AIA Baltimore HRC Presents: Menokin Stone – CEU


Encore Sustainable Architects Principal, Ward Bucher, presented the AIA CEU course, "Menokin Stone" on April 19, 2022 at 5pm during the regular monthly meeting of the AIA Baltimore Historic Resources Committee (HRC).

Course Title: Menokin Stone

Provider: AIA Baltimore Historic Resources Committee (HRC)

Topic Area: Special Construction; Materials & Methods

CEU: 1.0 LU/HSW 

Ward will explore the 18th century masonry work at what the Wall Street Journal calls "the most fiercely ambitious historic restoration project in America", the Menokin Glass House project. Menokin, a National Historic Landmark, was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Attendees will examine the Menokin property stone-by-stone, watch how a life size puzzle-map was created to reconstruct structures, and uncover historic masonry techniques from the 18th century.

Learning Objectives include:

  1. Understanding the Menokin context, constraints and opportunities in restoring early historic structures
  2. Safe investigation of historic masonry with nondestructive testing, recording and analysis
  3. How to design masonry stabilization and reconstruction to safely support new uses
  4. Masonry restoration construction means and methods, both high tech and low tech

Speaker bio

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Ward Bucher, AIA

Principal Architect | Encore Sustainable Architect

Ward Bucher has nearly 50 years of experience revitalizing Mid-Atlantic regions through the reimagination of historic properties, Ward’s company, Encore Sustainable Architects provides historic and sustainable architect services to all featured properties. He is a registered architect in DC, Maryland and Virginia and has extensive experience in historic, new and green building design.

Ward has been the principal architect on numerous restoration and adaptive reuse projects for nonprofits, museums, offices, retail, and multifamily housing. With over 46 years of experience as a registered architect, he has worked with buildings at all levels of historic designation, from local to National Historic Landmarks. Ward meets the Professional Qualifications for Architecture, Historic Architecture and Architectural History under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines.