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The Power Of Three Gives Preservation Project Huge Boost As Donation Supports Adaptive Re-Use Of 1930s Gas Station
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - plaster, volunteer vacation, gas station, Virginia, donation
Contributed By: Judith Broeker
Email The Author: jbroeker@adventuresinpreservation.org
Website: http://www.adventuresinpreservation.org

Master of Plaster Finishing Systems has come to the rescue with a significant donation of materials to the Edge Hill Preservation & Adaptive Re-use project organized by The Fairfield Foundation and Adventures in Preservation (AiP). The company is sending $1600 worth of plaster products to Gloucester, Virginia for a week-long AiP workshop where volunteers will help the Fairfield Foundation create a preservation resource center at one of the country’s few remaining 1930s service stations.

The Power of Three showed its strength when Master of Plaster contacted AiP and The Fairfield Foundation about supporting the preservation project. The company, a South Carolina firm specializing in plaster restoration, announced the donation with
less than two weeks remaining before the start of Adventures in Preservation’s
volunteer vacation. Their donation includes Restoration Base Coat, Restoration
Finish Coat, and Mesh Tape with a total value of $1600. Master of Plaster
explains that their product is “the only true pre-mixed, historically accurate
restoration plaster available and is manufactured in the United States.”

Lauren Dillon of Master of Plaster stated: “I'm excited for the project, and I hope
you guys are able to generate a good amount of interest from younger
individuals.  It's such a great structure.”

One of AiP’s primary goals is the education of preservation enthusiasts, from students to architects to the general public, and all are welcome to attend AiP’s
preservation vacations to learn hands-on skills and assist in historic
preservation. The week-long project begins August 27, 2012 at the Edge Hill
Service Station in Gloucester, Virginia. To learn more about this innovative
preservation project, see http://adventuresinpreservation.org/upcoming-adventures/plastering-at-the-pumps

David Brown, a Co-director of The Fairfield Foundation said: “This is fantastic…. 15
pails of material: 12 of the Restoration Base Coat and 3 of the Restoration
Finish Coat, plus the 36" Mesh Tape - that will make a big difference!”
The Fairfield Foundation purchased the historically and architecturally
significant building in 2010 in order to save it from demolition. Volunteers
have completed major portions of the preservation work to help the budget go
further. The goal of the project is to create a preservation resource center –
featuring both archaeology and historic preservation – and involve community
members in their local history.

Adventures in Preservation is a non-profit organization connecting people and preservation through enriching experiential programs. One- and two-week hands-on volunteer vacations give participants the opportunity to travel, experience their
destination, and learn hands-on skills while saving a valuable community
resource. AiP envisions a world where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental
sustainability. Learn more about how AiP volunteers combine their power with
the strength of local communities to make a difference at www.adventuresinpreservation.org.

The Fairfield Foundation combines research, public education and
preservation as the cornerstones of their non-profit’s goals. Ongoing work at
the Fairfield site is contributing significantly to knowledge about plantation
life, specifically during Gloucester County's "Golden Age" of 1675-1725, which coincides with the height of Fairfield's prosperity. Sharing this knowledge with the public will increase the awareness of significant archaeological resources within the county and the importance of this period to our history. Public outreach and educational programs serve as examples of how to properly investigate, interpret, and preserve historic resources within the county. Learn more at www.fairfieldfoundation.org.

Keywords: plaster, volunteer vacation, gas station, Virginia, donation

Posted: August 27, 2012
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