Last month, APTCP members and guests had the opportunity to tour the newly reopened historic Phenix Marble Company near Springfield, a Missouri company that boomed between 1884 to the Great Depression. Operated by Mastin Simpson and W.C. Scarritt from Kansas City, Phenix Marble Company became famous for their signature stone, Napoleon Gray. Buildings all across America were clad with this native Missouri stone, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Palace of the Legion in San Francisco.
This summer we held our annual meeting in Omaha were attendees had the opportunity to tour the Omaha's Farmer's Market, Burlington Station's renovation, and the Rail and Commerce Building. Thank you to all the tour guides, attendees and board members that were table to make itout to this great event!
Several APTCP members attended the annual APT Conference in Quebec City, Canada this past fall. The conference was held at the historic landmark Hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Our members enjoyed excellent Paper Sessions, Field Sessions, Workshops and comradery with fellow preservationists from around the world!
Some of our members attended a great Workshop titled: Documentation Data - The Platform for Condition Analysis and the Basis for Preservation Project Planning. The attendees learned of successful rehabilitation techniques using latest technologies with demonstrations of the current tools being used for survey and NDI (Non-Destructive Investigation). The tools of MBS (Measured Building Survey) and NDI form the foundation for evaluation and development of important existing structures.
Several members also attended The National Slate Association tour of the Glendyne Inc. Slate Quarry. The tour featured the quarry and production facilities of Glendyne Inc., a major North American producer of roofing, structural, landscaping and industrial mineral slate products.