Affleck InsigniaUpdates from the Affleck House Restoration / Distinguished Alumni Committee

  Date: 04/29/2013 

Masonry Wall Restoration Work:image002.png

The efforts continue on restoring the masonry work at the house started last year was developed under the direction of LTU Distinguished Alumni Ben Tiseo, FAIA. Tom Ward of The International Masonry Institute of Warren Michigan has been involved in donating services to clean,  repair, preserve and restore the masonry walls at the house and general tuck pointing repairs throughout the house. He and seven students returned this past week from 4/22- 4/30/2013 to clean  the interior  masonry walls and complete mortar coloration of the brick head joints and tuck pointing and used a masonry cleaning product donated by  with Cathedral Stone Products o to remove dirt and efflorescence stains.. Working with product donations by the  Nawkaw company, and Bill Moler of their Mideast office, they  provided a mortar coloration  product to reflect the original historic color and character of the tinted mortar. The work involved approx. $ 16,030 of donated services, and products with 340 hours of donated labor.

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Affleck House  Site Cleanup Event. image005.png

On Saturday 04/27/2013 the Affleck House Restoration Council held a site and grounds clean -up effort lead by Prof. Frederick Butters FAIA, Esq.  We extend a “thank you” to everyone who turned out to help with the spring clean-up. Volunteers included  Prof. Will  Allen (Sigma Pi Advisor) and  his wife Nancy, Prof. Ben Tiseo, FAIA,  James Ryan, AIA, Deirdre Jimenez, Assoc. AIA, ASID, Prof. Daniel  Faoro, RA,AIA ( LTU) , and his nephew  Mr. Wayne Bowers,  Mr.  Michael G. Slaughter,  and from the ∑ ∏ Sigma. Pi Fraternity on campus ; Michael Mosley, Kevin Murrot, Adan Czevny, Bryan Bosema, Orlando Washington Nick Lee, Arthur McClain, Gage Schester, and Remington Keah   also   Ramzi Almatrahi  and Sarah Lowrey,  of the  USGBC  student branch.image007.png

Work  continues to remove the overgrowth . In the spirit of sustainability the brush was mulched into wood chips  and spread for nature trails on  the site. The house can now be viewed from a few new angles, much of the underbrush in the immediate vicinity of the house is cleared, and bushes and trees were pruned as needed.

Another site cleanup day is planned for the spring. Please consider  helping  to make a difference.  With a few more hands and donations and  the site clearing can be completed. Getting the underbrush away from the house not only clears sight lines and restores the property to its original appearance; it allows sunlight to reach the ground, which in turn makes the site less damp and wet. That in turn reduces mold and fungus growth, and will work to limit future maintenance requirements. image006.png

Additional site work is planned on the front area this spring and we will be restoring the original gravel driveway and returning the circle loop of the drive to lawn.   We will involve our LTU civil engineering program in innovative management of the runoff water in the pond area. We are networking with organizations that share a vision for horticulture and historic preservation. 

Future Phases of Work In Progress.

We are carefully studying the history of the house and have corresponded with the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, The FLW Foundation, and Wright renovation experts to study the kitchen, image008.pngand site restoration. We are working on securing in-kind and monetary donations for the kitchen, electrical system, and front area landscape renovation . We are close to securing the funding needed to complete the front area drive work to return it to the original condition and adopt more natural means of storm water control. This week the replacement cushions for the original 13 FLW chairs in the dining and living room will be delivered to the house for use by visitors provided by support from the LTU Provost Maria Vaz. Work continues on the glass and glazing replacement and we plan to have a test sample of the new glass installed soon for visual inspection and thermal performance monitoring.

Donor Appreciation Event:

On May 30th in the evening The Renovation Council will host a donor appreciation event at the house to recognize our donors from the past year.

Michigan Modern Exhibition at Cranbrook. image009.png

Michigan Modern is a project beingundertaken by Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to document the state’s Modern design heritage. We will be part of the exhibition and host tours at the Affleck  house from June 13-16th, 2013.

Committee Members and LTU Admin./ Faculty /Staff.

The Restoration Committee is sponsored by the Distinguished Architectural Alumni Committee. DAA members leading the restoration of the Affleck house are:

Ms. Deirdre Jimenez, ASID Operations Principle, Jacobs Eng. - Restoration Committee Chair (2011- to present) , Site and Landscaping.
Mr. Ben Tiseo, FAIA  President, Tiseo Architects- Structural Wall and stair replacement, driveway work
Mr. Tom O'Conner, FAIA, Committee Chair (2009-2011) (retired) with support by Paul Johnson, Smith Group- House windows, skylight and glazing replacement.
Mr. Fred Butters , Esq., FAIA, Attorney at Law, Comprehensive Legal Services for the  Design and Construction Professional- Limited Edition Pen Fabrication and Sales, Kitchen renovation upgrades.

Mr. Harvey Ferraro (retired)- Renderings for fund raising, Historic  Preservation.
Mr. Jim Ryan AIA(retired )- Promotion, community liaison.

Lawrence Tech Members:

Dean Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, - CoAD Executive Sponsor, community  liaison.
Prof. Daniel Faoro, RA, AIA, CoAD Assoc. Professor - Grant development, MAF Grant investigator, interior furnishings, and primary project coordinator for the University.
Prof. Janice Means, PE, LEED AP , CoAD Assoc. Professor- HVAC/ Cooling and tour promotions.
Prof. Will Allen, RLA, CoAD, Professor - Site and Landscape restoration.
Prof. Dale A. Gyure, Ph.D, CoAD Assoc. Professor Coordinator and Liaison for Historic Preservation.
Mrs. Robin LeClerc, LTU Advancement office - Promotion tours and event coordination
Mrs. Julie Vulaj- LTU Advancement Office - Fund raising and promotional event coordination.
Mr. Brian Raymond, CoAD-Affleck House Curator, and site and project renovation coordination.

Mr. George Charbeneau, LTU Woodshop Manager , furniture restoration and reconstruction and built - in furniture refurbishment coordinator.

Mr. Carey Valentine, LTU Campus Facilities, house utilities and facility coordination.