Restoration of the West Studio
Project Completion March, 2017
Even though this west elevation is quite small, it required a lot of attention. Since it is at the bottom of a slope, the below-grade structure had deteriorated. All of the floor joists had so be "sistered". We then excavated and installed proper drainage to direct storm water into the lower yard. (In the next project, we regraded a new stepped limestone path to further prevent water from flowing into the building.)
The past summer, we completed two major preservation projects: the Andersson House East Elevation and the Cube Loft West Elevation.
The projects involved several layers of reconstruction: windows, siding, battens, flashing, trim, primer, and paint. We also had to rebuild the structure in places where there was poor drainage. (We are now re-grading and installing drains to better protect the structure.)
To date, we have restored or replaced 29 windows at the Compound, including the monumental Opium Den Window. We have only 3 windows to go!
We are grateful for our national community of supporters.
Together they made this project a reality.
Jill & Stephen Wilkinson (Austin)
Centerbrook Architects & Planners (Centerbrook)
Diana Keller & Frank Aldridge (Austin & Dallas)
Benz Resource Group (Austin)
Robert A. M. Stern (New York)
Donlyn Lyndon & Alice Wingwall (Berkeley)
Mike Wheeler (Houston)
Tim Cuppett (Austin)
Peter & Patricia Keim (Pittsburgh)
David Newberger (Austin)
Bill Dugger (Houston)
Richard & Nancy Jennings (Austin)
Jack Carson (Austin)
Becky Heston (Austin)
Craig Grund (Austin)
Kevin J. Lorenz (New York)
Mary Bledsoe (Austin)
Diana M. Holford (Austin)
Clayton Morgan (Austin)
Tess & Greg Peters (Austin)
Barbara Amelio (Houston)
Will Bruder & Louise Roman (Phoenix)
Olive Tree Orchard
Originally, the orchard was composed of apple and pear trees, which are not suitable for the increasingly dry and hot Austin summers. We replaced those with Mexican plums, which turned out to be too scraggly and prickly. So in 2017, we removed everything and planted a grid of 20 Arbequina olive trees, a variety that can endure occasional Austin freezes.
This landscape restoration required many layers. First, we excavated a drainage ditch and installed a conduit to carry water from the studio roof to the lower yard. Second we laid out a new irrigation system with bubble nozzles at each tree, all controlled by a digital interface. Third, we regraded the terraces, and added a new layer of limestone blocks and granite gravel. Fourth, we laid a new stepped path of limestone slab-boulders, whose upper part prevents driveway erosion, and whose descending steps slow draining water. Finally we installed new lighting along the path.
West Studio Elevation
The West Studio, which houses the Colin Rowe Library has a west-facing elevation where the HVAC system is located. In 2018 we restored this elevation, which also included several layers.
- Replace deteriorated bottom plates in the wall.
- Excavate an under performing French drain and replace with a dedicated conduit.
- Rebuild HVAC ductwork and interior air delivery boxes.
- Replace siding, battens, and soffits.
Moore House Attic Window
In 2018, we also restored the west-facing attic window in the Charles Moore House. This was the last window that needed to be restored. (Over 15 years, we have restored now every window in the Moore House, including the monumental Opium Den window.) Daniel Sidler, a window restoration expert, completed the project for the foundation.
Moore/Andersson Compound Roof
We are pleased to report that the Charles Moore Foundation has a new roof.
Mike Bustos and his team of 5 men took three weeks to complete the work. Section by section, they removed the old metal panels. They replaced degraded batt insulation between the rafters, and repaired water-damaged purlins. Then they added plywood decking (the original roof had none!) so the whole structure has been considerably stiffened. Next they added insulation board, which should dramatically increase the roof's thermal efficiency, as well as self-healing water and ice shield. On the only flat portion of the roof, we installed a single, continuous commercial membrane, flashed up under the adjoining slopes. We replaced all of the fiberglass-plastic panels for the skylights—everywhere brightening up spaces. Finally, we installed new metal roof panels, screws and gaskets.
This milestone project has been years in the planning. The original roof leaked in many places, and now we can turn our attention to repairing and re-floating all of the interior drywall planes that had been damaged by water intrusion. The new construction layers will be far, far more watertight to prevent future damage.
This project was made possible by: Sinclair Black Challenge Grant; Centerbrook Architects & Planners; Moore Ruble Yudell; Stephen Harby, Alex & Robbie Robinette; Suzanne Deal Booth, Larry Speck, Ron Filson, Connie & Sam Pate; Willard Hanzlik, Alice Wingwall & Donlyn Lyndon; Emily Little, Maria & Darren Woody; Richard & Nancy Jennings; Patricia & Peter Keim; Diana Keller Aldridge & Frank Aldridge; Mark McInturff, Eden Box, Laura & Bobby Cadwallader; James Trulove & Mallory Duncan.
Entry Tower Restoration
Now that the Moore/Andersson Compound's roof has been replaced, it is time to restore the Tower Entry, which Charles Moore often said he designed to "celebrate the act of arrival."
The Susan Vaughan Foundation has generously kickstarted project funding.
The restoration layers include:
- Scaffolding for Construction Safety
- Integration into new roof flashing.
- New siding panels and battens.
- Priming, painting, and caulking.
- Replacement of insulation as needed.
- Replacement of galvanized metal caps.
- Restoration of entry lighting fixtures.
Contributions So Far... Thank You!
- Susan Vaughan Foundation (Houston, TX)
- Chris & Kelly Livingston (Bozeman, MT)
- Linda Moore (Austin, TX)
- Richard Peters (Sonoma, CA)
- Kevin Lorenz (New York, NY)
- Jacob Albert (Boston, MA)
- Stephen Harby (Santa Monica, CA)
- Taylor Kidd & Zachary Horst (Austin, TX)
- Jeff Riley (Centerbrook, CT)
- Maynard & Lu Lyndon (The Sea Ranch, CA)
- John Ruble & Cecily Young (Santa Monica, CA)
- Kevin & Elaine Harrington (Chicago, IL)
- Ron Filson (Plymouth, MA)
- Buzz Yudell & Tina Beebe (Santa Monica, CA)
- Peter & Patricia Keim (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Robert Nebolon (Berkeley, CA)
- Nick Deaver (Austin, TX)
- Laurance Miller & Judy Wilcott (Austin, TX)
- Richard Hayes (New York, NY)
- David Heymann & Sandy Fidorek (Austin, TX)
- Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk & Andres Duany (Miami, FL)
I'd like to contribute to the Entry Tower restoration!
Contributions So Far... Thank You!
Susan Vaughan Foundation (Houston, TX)
Chris & Kelly Livingston (Bozeman, MT)
[Former Student of Charles Moore]
Linda Moore (Austin, TX)
COMPLETED: West Studio
COMPLETED: North Elev.
COMPLETED: West Elev.
COMPLETED: East Elev.
COMPLETED: Olive Orchard
COMPLETED: Studio Elev.
COMPLETED: Attic Window
CURRENT: Tower Entry
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