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Work to Begin on Melted Notre Dame Scaffolding

Officials have now said that the 50,000 metal tubes that make up the scaffolding around the Notre-Dame Cathedral will begin to be dismantled in the coming weeks.


Mackintosh Fire Report Not Expected Until 2020

A report that’s slated to come from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service about the cause of the second fire at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building will not be released until next...


AkzoNobel, Museum Partner for Painting Restoration

AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced that the company is partnering with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to restore Rembrandt’s celebrated masterpiece, “The Night Watch.”


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Amateur Restorer Paints 15th Century Statue

A 15th-century carved wooden statue depicting the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Saint Anne recently received a facelift—an amateur artist used bright, almost neon-colored industrial enamel pai...


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Boston's Longfellow Bridge Rehab Complete

Boston’s century-old Longfellow Bridge, a steel rib arch bridge across the Charlies River, reopened late last week after five years of rehabilitation and preservation work that came in at a ...


Honeycomb Tower Gets Restoration Job

London’s iconic Centre Point Tower was recently unveiled as the completion nears of a restoration and redesign that converted the honeycomb building from commercial to residential.


D-Day Transport Restored, Takes Flight

“That’s All, Brother,” a transport C-47 aircraft that led the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, recently took its first flight in years, thanks to an extensive restoration project funded i...


$270M Reno of USC Coliseum Underway

The University of Southern California’s iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s renovation is now underway, with a name change and timeline in place.


Deadline Nears for Fitch Fellowships

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, which supports professionals in the fields of historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, materials co...


Top Levels of Colosseum Open After Restoration

The fourth and fifth levels of one of Rome’s most iconic monuments are now open to visitors for the first time in 40 years.


Restorations in Boston Offer Rewarding Results

Ron Peik, like many who work in the realm of paint removal, seems to specialize in tedium. His company, Alpine Environmental, began with a focus in the painstaking task of lead abatement and...


Patterson Mansion Restored with Original Purpose in Mind

One of the last historic mansions left on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. will soon be getting a new slew of residents.


Philly Mayor Enlists Task Force for Preservation

The only city in the United States deemed a “World Heritage City” has formed a task force to protect its historic buildings and update its preservation ordinance.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Library Gilding Restoration

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline by featuring a select nomination each day, giving you a...


Facade Restoration Introduced for Metal Structures

APV Engineered Coatings has launched a new line of primer and topcoat systems for the restoration of metal structures.


First Gaudí-designed House to Open as Museum in Barcelona

Beginning this fall, Barcelona's Casa Vicens will be open to the public in museum form. The building was, until recently, a residential or private space for over 100 years, and is notable fo...


Museum Renovators Uncover Hidden Murals

Workers at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Museum Building in St. Louis have recently discovered historic murals hidden in the barrel-vaulted ceilings, reports relate.


Cost Probe into Parliament Repair Plan

A massive, multi-billion pound plan to renovate the crumbling Palace of Westminster in London is under investigation by parliamentary officials, reports relate.


Restoring a Quake Damaged Temple

The catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 left 9,000 casualties and widespread destruction to as many as 691 treasured monuments and buildings.


AkzoNobel Donation Aids in Restoring Town

An organization working to eradicate poverty and blight in a Michigan town has partnered with a coatings manufacturer that employs hundreds of people there.


US Capitol Dome Restoration Complete

After three years and 1,215 gallons of paint, the restoration of the U.S. Capitol dome, the first of its kind in over 50 years, is complete.


Nonprofit Restores Gen. Lee’s Headquarters

A small, two-story stone structure in Pennsylvania that played a pivotal role in the American Civil War, and specifically the Battle of Gettysburg, has been preserved and restored thanks to ...


Paint, Waterproofing Revive the Octagon

If the walls of the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., could talk, they might tell tales of safekeeping the first lady’s pet parrot while the city was set ablaze by British troops, or perha...


Portland Statue Restored, Protected

A 125-year-old piece of public art in Portland, ME, has gotten a restoration and a new layer of protective coating, to the tune of $10,000.


Victorian-Era Ship Gets NY Restoration

One of the last large wrought-iron ships ever built has made its way back to a New York maritime museum after 16 months of restoration work.


New Issue Previews Greenbuild

The new issue of D+D In Depth features a preview for the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference & Expo geared to the architectural coatings professional, as well as a look at four deco...


Great Wall Repair Sparks Outrage

Chinese officials are drawing criticism for a restoration project that experts say went “very badly.”


Steamship Restoration Gets Coatings Boost

A historic steamship in Scotland is being restored to what it looked like 80 years ago, with the help of a marine protective coatings manufacturer.


In Depth Explores Microbes, Masonry

From a restored historic mansion in Newport, RI, to the eye-catching designs of the Las Vegas Strip, the new issue of D+D In Depth explores significant projects and the architectural coating...


Philadelphia LOVE Sculpture Gets Some TLC

A famous Philadelphia landmark is off limits this week, even as the Democratic National Convention brings thousands of visitors to the city, but city officials promise it’ll be back with a f...


Vote to Preserve a Park

Twenty national historic sites and structures are in the running to receive $2 million in grants for preservation and restoration projects.


AkzoNobel Aims to Restore Jakarta

A 16th century site in Indonesia’s bustling capital is getting a refreshed look in a bid to become a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site.


Century-Old MIT Building Gets Reno

A recent major building renovation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology centered around new window technology and repairs to mortar work that went wrong after a previous renovation.


Restoration Planned for Philly Icon

One of Philadelphia’s most iconic pieces of public art is scheduled for a summer makeover. The bronze William Penn statue atop City Hall


Grants Help Preserve Historic Structures

Two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime preservation and education have announced the award of nearly $2.6 million in matching funds to help preserve the sites and objects—f...


Victorious Restoration for Harlem Armory

The multi-million dollar restoration of the home of the New York Army National Guard's historic “Harlem Hell Fighters” will soon be honored with a prestigious award for historic preservation...


Developer Faces 230 Years in Prison

The president of a well-known Chicago-based real estate firm has been convicted of swindling banks and the city out of millions of dollars relating to the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt...


Presidential Center Gets Paint Update

Just in time for its 100th birthday celebration, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum in Ohio received a facelift, thanks to a donation of more than 100 gallons of paint and...


Brick Facade Crumbles, Injures 4

Four people were injured and dozens more were evacuated Thursday (March 3) when a portion of a brick facade broke apart from a mural-painted apartment building and crashed onto the roof of a...


Lincoln Memorial Gets Monumental Gift

One of the nation’s most beloved memorials will be repaired and restored for generations to come thanks to an $18.5 million donation.


‘America’s Flagship’ May Sail Again

Renowned for having captured the trans-Atlantic speed record on its maiden voyage, the SS United States, although out of commission for the past 46 years, may set sail once again thanks to a...


Sub Museum Gets New Exterior Coat

Although officially retired from naval service since 1971, a Cold War-era submarine has remained on duty as an educational tourist attraction moored along the north shore of Pittsburgh.


Trevi Fountain Flows after Restoration

Rome’s nearly 300-year-old Trevi Fountain is flowing once again thanks to a $2.2 million, 17-month-long restoration project, according to reports.


Silicone Coatings Made for Aging Roofs

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has introduced a new silicone-based roof coating system designed to restore and repair aging roofing systems.


Trump Targets Capitol Dome Restoration

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested restoration and painting work on the U.S. Capitol Building may take longer than expected.


New Coatings, Treatments for Wood

Rust-Oleum Corp., a division of RPM International Inc., has recently added several exterior wood coating products to its portfolio.


Diplodocus Enjoys a Dino-Mite Makeover

PITTSBURGH--Being extinct is no excuse for not looking one's best.


Dinosaur Icon Gets a Makeover

PITTSBURGH--A prehistoric paint job is underway in Pittsburgh.


A New Makeover for 'Old Ironsides'

BOSTON—A few months shy of her 218th birthday, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat has left the water for a multiyear restoration.


Restoration Reveals Historic Tiles

PALO ALTO, CA—Entombed by layers of mortar, paint and wax, a pair of 90-year-old decorative tiles has emerged during a building restoration project, according to reports.


World's Fair Icon to Get Free Facelift

QUEENS, NY—After deteriorating for 50 years, a New York World's Fair landmark will get a new lease on life with a $3 million paint job—gratis.


Mansion Owner Admits Illegal Upgrades

ABERGAVENNY, WALES—Installing a mosaic-clad bath, replacing cobblestone, and removing staircases are just a few of the tony upgrades that may send a Welsh developer to prison for a year, acc...


Experts Needed for Taj Mahal Cleanup

AGRA, INDIA—International experts are needed to help remove spotting and yellowing of marble on India's iconic Taj Mahal, according to reports.


Stains on Taj Mahal Prompt Urgency

AGRA, INDIA—Exterior spotting and yellowing on India's iconic Taj Mahal will require the attention of a team of international experts, according to reports.


Deadly Footbridge Ready to Reopen

Closed for nearly 15 years, a walkway high above a Spanish gorge will reopen to the public after a multimillion-dollar facelift.


Looks that Last: Ancient Paint Endures

Traces of red paint 2,000 years old have been discovered during an ongoing $33 million restoration of the Colosseum in Rome.


New Lid Brings New Life to Church

A relic of the Spanish Civil War has been brought back to life with a new roof in Corbera d’Ebre, Spain.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


35 Cities Join Global Comeback Effort

Candid about their massive challenges but resolved to meet them, cities from Boston to Belgrade to Barcelona and Bengaluru have become the next class in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resi...


Reviving the ‘Pope’ in Downtown L.A.

An iconic mural in downtown Los Angeles will receive a long-awaited $150,000 facelift, city officials have announced.


Public Works of the Year Honored

Twenty-five public-works projects throughout North America are being hailed for their efficient planning and cooperative achievements.


Water Tower Gets Townhouse Touch

When a 70-year-old water tower in Belgium reached the end of its service life, it didn't get the typical blast-repair-repaint treatment that keeps a structure going a bit longer.


Statue to Live with its Unkind Cut

The bronze King of the Beasts that has stood sentry outside Spain’s Parliament for more than a century will remain anatomically incorrect.


Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.


High Honors Elevate Low-Income Designs

Four California housing projects serving low-income communities and the homeless have been nationally recognized for their design, materials and building techniques, illuminating a housing s...


Cracks Fixed Atop Washington Monument

An extensive, 33-month long, $15 million repair program to mend cracks and chips atop the Washington Monument has been completed.


$15M Repair Reopens Washington Monument

The 130-year-old Washington Monument has reopened to the public nearly three years after sustaining cracks and chips in an earthquake that rattled the eastern United States.


Homeowners Sue Reality Show for $2.8M

A new Spike TV reality show that aims to right the wrongs of shady contractors is accused of letting 200 gallons of raw sewage into the home of a California family and refusing to clean it u...


New Floor Line for Restaurants Bows

Stuart Dean has introduced a new floor and wall resurfacing, restoration and protection system designed for restaurant back-of-the-house projects.


Joplin Tornado Lead Aid Hits $5.4M

Federal authorities will provide an additional $2.5 million to help remedy extensive lead contamination in Joplin, MO, caused by the May 2011 tornado and subsequent recovery efforts.


Free eBook Covers Historic Renovation

Renovating buildings that have survived generations is no easy task, especially when it comes to coatings, but a free new compilation of expert advice can help teams tackling these projects.


OH Man Revives Town with Paint

Wielding a paint brush, an 82-year-old man has given an old town a new life.


Bidding on Track for Depot Project

Reconstruction of a century-old train depot in Virginia has left the station, as the structure's keepers have issued a request for bids to restore the building.


Home Restorer Admits Securities Fraud

A former executive of a publicly traded Louisiana-based construction and restoration company has admitted to lying about millions of dollars’ worth of contracts in an effort to defraud inves...


Paint Making Resumes at Sandy-hit Plant

One year after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast, the drum of heavy machinery can be heard once again inside paint maker Benjamin Moore & Co.’s plant in Newark, NJ.


Crumbling Capitol Dome to be Restored

Majestic from afar, but disintegrating from within, the U.S. Capitol Dome is about to undergo a critically needed $60 million restoration effort.


Capitol Dome to Get $60M Makeover

One of the most iconic symbols in America—the United States Capitol Dome—is set to undergo a two-year, $60 million facelift beginning in November.


GA Lighthouse, Museum Job Up for Bid

Contractors are being sought for a complete restoration of a historic lighthouse, keeper's residence, and museum in southern Georgia.


New Mission: Saving Ruins from Ruin

Concerned about inappropriate restoration at one of the world’s historic treasures, a group of scientists plans to spend the next 10 years preventing the Pompeii World Heritage Site from “fa...


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Illusions, Graffiti, Surface Prep

Murals that fool the eye, the latest graffiti coatings technology, wood restoration basics, and a close look at surface preparation standards highlight the new issue of Durability + Desig...


Whistleblower Case Costs Firm $160K

A cleaning and restoration company in Ohio has been ordered by federal regulators to pay $161,228 to a technician who was wrongfully terminated after he raised safety concerns during a lead-...


Restoration, Color Top New D+D Issue

An elaborate restoration of a 1915 cathedral, bold uses of color in commercial architecture, and the coatings technology behind polysiloxanes are among the topics discussed in the latest iss...


Libraries Shine in Design Spotlight

A new transformation of St. Louis’ historic Cass Gilbert-designed Central Library is among six of the U.S.'s “finest examples of library design,” according to the American Institute of Archi...


Police Pig is Back in the Pink

One Oregon police department’s prized hog has received a fresh coat of paint. No, we’re not talking about a motorcycle.


Lincoln’s Courthouse to be Restored

Illinois officials are seeking bids to repaint and restore a 168-year-old courthouse in Metamora, IL, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.


VT Contractor Charged in Fraud

A Vermont contractor hired to perform asbestos removal, insulation and other home-improvement work has been charged with pocketing more than $60,000 without completing the job.


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


EU Deliberates Lead Paint Limits

Lead paint used in restoring and maintaining Europe's historic interiors, monuments and artworks could take on special "hazardous" status, under new measures being weighed by the European Un...


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


EPA Revives RRP Expansion Plan

Commercial painters, remodelers and interested parties have three months to voice opinions on expanding the controversial federal lead renovation rule into the commercial and public building...


 
 
   

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