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Château-sur-Mer: Exterior Restoration of a Victorian Icon

The 1850s mansion Château-sur-Mer in Newport, R.I., represents an important piece of history, both architecturally and culturally. The Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC) purchased the property in the late 1960s, and turned it into a museum.

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The Broderick Tower: Critical Cornerstones

Standing mostly vacant, but preserved since the mid 1980s, the 34-story historic Broderick Tower was part of a $53 million restoration project funded by Motown Construction Partners. To restore this key component of the city’s skyline to its original prominence and luster as a luxury residential and office building with panoramic views of downtown Detroit’s commercial and entertainment district, collaboration—and passion—was key.

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Holding Up History

Restoring an historic building can be a difficult task. The goal of a restoration is to make a building appear as it did during a particular time in history. The features and materials from the restoration period must be identified. Then a determination is made as to what can be maintained, protected, repaired and replaced or recreated if necessary.

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Keeping Tools Close at Hand

The bank pen; the neighbor’s dog; balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: They’re all tethered to keep them under control. And like bankers, dog walkers and balloon handlers, workers at height want to keep their tools close by for efficiency and tethered to keep them from falling.

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