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Two Major Landmark Buildings Undergoing Historic Restoration
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - historic preservation, restoration, landmark preservation projects, Spectra Company, Hoover Dam, Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright
Contributed By: Lydia Kremer
Email The Author: LydiaVortexPR@aol.com
Website: http://www.WeRestoreBuildings.Com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HISTORIC RESTORATION FIRM AWARDED TWO LANDMARK PRESERVATION PROJECTS  

Spectra Company to Conduct Major Historic Restoration on Hoover Dam Exhibit Hall & Auditorium and Celebrated Ennis House            

Pomona, CA (December 2008) - Spectra Company, the prominent historic restoration firm based in Pomona, California, has been awarded the exacting historic preservation projects on two noted historic properties:

  • The Hoover Dam -- One of Nevada’s most popular tourist attractions; and
  • The Ennis House – One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned residences in Los Angeles            

Of the famed Ennis House, Anthea Hartig, PhD, Director, Western Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation, said ”The grandest of Frank Lloyd Wright's "textile block" houses, the 1924 Ennis House combined the famed architect's longstanding interest in the sculptural qualities of concrete and his quest to design innovative buildings.”                      

Both projects are scheduled to begin in October and will be completed by December 1st, 2008. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to use our expertise to bring each of these historically significant buildings to their original stellar condition,” stated Ray Adamyk, president of Spectra Co. “We consider our restoration work on these landmark structures to be a source of national pride that we share with the American public,” Adamyk added.

Background on Hoover Dam National Park Service's statement of significance:
Begun in June 1933 and dedicated September 1935 (two years ahead of schedule), this concrete arch-gravity storage dam is among the largest and earliest of the Bureau of Reclamation's massive multiple-purpose dams. By providing electric power, flood control, and irrigation water, this dam made increased levels of population and agricultural production in large areas of the Southwest feasible, affecting not only lands near the river, but also urban centers such as Los Angeles. The Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. -

Background on Ennis House:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent Los Angeles masterpiece, built in 1924 for Charles and Mabel Ennis, is one of the first residences constructed of concrete blocks. This beautiful example of the genius of Wright has been studied by architects, architectural historians, artists and art lovers from practically every country in the world. The house is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior in the National Register of Historic Places, it has been declared a Cultural Heritage Monument by the City of Los Angeles, and it has been designated a California State Landmark.              

Spectra’s restoration project on the Hoover Dam includes restoration of travertine, terrazzo, concrete, metal restoration, historic hardware, auditorium seating and environmental remediation. The Ennis project includes restoration painting, ornamental woodwork, waterproofing and environmental remediation.           

Spectra Company, founded in 1985, is the largest historic restoration company in California and specializes in a variety of restoration, preservation and conservation disciplines as well as waterproofing and environmental remediation.  The company has worked on numerous notable Southern California historic properties such as Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles, the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, and the Gamble House in Pasadena.            

Spectra Company is set to receive a prestigious Preservation Design Award by the California Preservation Foundation at its 25th Annual Preservation Foundation Awards on October 18, 2008 at Long Beach’s legendary Queen Mary for its exacting and thorough restoration of The Villa Riviera, a 1929 masterpiece in Long Beach. For a complete list of services and projects visit: www.WeRestoreBuildings.com

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Keywords: historic preservation, restoration, landmark preservation projects, Spectra Company, Hoover Dam, Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted: December 8, 2008
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