A presentation on the Metal Restoration at Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

  • 06 Apr 2011
  • 6:30 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Milner + Carr Conservation, LLC 1431 Cadwallader Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 www.milnercarrconservation.com


 Metal Restoration at Philadelphia City Hall

The work includes the restoration of two bronze doors decorated with City Seals, lions and snake handles, three bronze brackets and three iron lanterns. The restoration of the bronze doors includes the reinstallation of the missing City Seal and the fabrication and installation of missing elements. All of the bronze is being cleaned and refinished prior to reinstallation scheduled for Spring/Summer 2011. The decade long project will be completed by Summer 2011.  

Presenters: Adam Jenkins, Professional Associate AIC, Milner + Carr and Nan Gutterman, AIA, VITETTA

speaker biographies
Adam Jenkins, professional Associate AIC, Milner + Carr.

Adam specializes in the conservation of many object types, with a focus on metal. He has managed or participated in numerous projects including designing protocols for treatment of bronze doors at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex Forum Building, cleaning and re-gilding of Emmanuel Frémiet’s Joan of Arc in Philadelphia, and treatment and annual maintenance of outdoor sculpture for several private collections. Adam has also managed several large-scale laser cleaning projects including the interior handrails at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the terracotta façade of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Before joining MCC in 2007, Adam completed a three-year Mellon Fellowship in objects conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he also served as intern and project conservator.  While there, his research involved lasers and their application to conservation as well as testing metalizing and corrosion inhibitors for the protection of metal objects. As a project conservator, he was responsible for the de-installation and treatment of Atmosphere and Environment XII, a monumental COR-TEN sculpture by Louise Nevelson. Adam received his MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2002.  His graduate internships were at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and at the Conservation Centre of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside in Liverpool, where he received his initial laser training. Adam was the recipient of the 2009 Oliver Torrey Fuller Award from the Association for Preservation Technology International and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Nan Gutterman AIA, VITETTA
Nan R. Gutterman has over thirty years experience in architecture and preservation. She has worked for over the past twenty years at VITETTA, an architectural/engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia. She has worked on Philadelphia City Hall Exterior Envelope Renovations project since 1999. She has been involved with the conservation of bronze at City Hall working with Virginia Naude, Norton Art Conservation and representatives of Milner Carr to determine the best approach for the bronze doors, bronze brackets and iron lanterns. She has also worked on the Philadelphia Museum of Art EER, Academy of Music for the 21st Century, renovations of the Reading Terminal Trainshed as part of the PA Convention Center and the renovations of the Trenton War Memorial. Prior to joining Vitetta, she worked for five years working on the restoration of the Main Building at Ellis Island.

Ms. Gutterman is a registered architect in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has a B.S. degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a M. Arch degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Historic Preservation. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship in 1988 from the New York Chapter of the English Speaking Union to study masonry preservation in a Commonwealth County. She is a RESTORE graduate and attended the architectural conservation program at ICCROM in Rome, Italy in 1994, one of two representatives from the United States.