On March 25, 2017, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – North Carolina Chapter and Historic Rosedale Plantation hosted a historic building trades workshop followed by an evening dinner and presentation by Calder Loth at Historic Rosedale in Charlotte, NC.
Daytime sessions included classes and hands-on demonstrations of historic restoration work in plaster and brick masonry, demonstrations of historic blacksmithing, and tours of the home and gardens of Historic Rosedale.
That evening, Calder Loth presented “Rosedale: Built by the Books,” an enlightening exploration of the influence of classical architecture, the “language that has endured the ages,” on the design and decorative motifs at Rosedale.
|The morning session began with a hands-on demonstration of traditional plaster work. Patrick Webb, a heritage and ornamental plasterer, explains how jute is used as a reinforcement material for the plaster moulding he will craft.|
|The jute is stretched out and covered with liquid plaster of paris. The wooden object on the table is the running mold that contains a metal blade that will shape the plaster into the desired profile.|
|Continued applications of plaster of paris are applied and carved by the running mold.|
|The plaster sets up quickly once the dry powder is mixed with water|
|Patrick explains how plaster of paris is produced from calcium sulphate|
|The next topic, restoring brick masonry, was presented by Wayne Thompson. Wayne is a mason specializing in historic preservation and is based in Hillsborough, NC.|
|Dabbing with the right kind of brush can impart a worn, centuries-old look.|
|After the plaster and masonry classes, concurrent sessions were held. Guided tours of the gardens were provided by Dr. Larry Mellichamp. Other sessions included tours of the home and the recently completed reproduction of the original blacksmith shop.|
|Guided tours of the home and gardens were provided by Historic Rosedale|
|Jason pulls a cord that cycles the bellows on an old fashioned air pump to induce a strong draft that intensifies the fire|
|Mr. McPherson enjoys telling stories about blacksmithing, the history of Rosedale and Charlotte as well.|
Following the daytime classes and tours, approximately 40 guests convened for the dinner and presentation by Calder Loth. Mr. Loth is the Senior Architectural Historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. He serves on numerous boards and advisory committees for historic properties and organizations including Poplar Forest, Preservation Virginia, Stratford Hall, Gunston Hall, and the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Virginia and classical architecture.
|James Collins, President of the ICAA-NC Chapter, kicks off the evening event.|
|Guests enjoy Mr Loth’s lecture after cocktails and dinner.|
Special thanks to many individuals who made these instructive and enjoyable events possible: the Staff of Historic Rosedale, the board and members of the NC Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, and its sponsors.