by Kelly Streeter
This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak to a Bachelor Design Studio class from Boston Architectural College (BAC) and demonstrate the documentation of historic resources using TPAS™. Professor Johanna Rowley is directing her students in a case study at the 19th century factory of the Tremont Nail Company in Wareham, MA, a practical application of research and field work with real world implications.
Ms. Rowley first became aware of the site in 2011 while working on a BAC-funded project to investigate disaster recovery at restoration sites in the aftermath of the tornadoes that hit Springfield in 2011. The site was purchased by the town in 2006 when Acorn Manufacturing moved the nail operation and has languished unused ever since. Ms. Rowley’s goal is to mobilize her students and the community to help Wareham stabilize and document the site as an initial step in the effort to determine how the adaptation of the buildings and site could serve to fill existing needs of the community.
I met with Johanna and her students to discuss the goals of the site inspection. The class had previously prepared background drawings from field measurements and archival data. We then went into the field, with two separate teams working together with a TPAS™ kit to document and photograph the existing conditions at the site. This information will now be used by the class to assess and prioritize the preservation needs of the site.
It was a fun day at an amazing landmark. To follow the effort, “Like” their Facebook page.
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