Conservation of Independence Hall Weathervane

  • 28 Feb 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • B3, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th St. School of Design, University of Pennsylvania


Conservation of Independence Hall Weathervane

Location / Date / Time:

Location:  Meyerson Hall, Room B3 - 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia

Date:  Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time:  6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Session Description:

Independence Hall, constructed between 1732-1756, is recognized for its role in the shaping of our country’s history.  The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historical Landmark. The building has seen many different renovations throughout the years including one in 1828 by William Strickland, during which the original steeple was recreated.  While the exact date of the Independence Hall weather vane is unknown, it is believed to be no later than the Strickland renovations. 

During the recent rehabilitation of the Independence Hall tower, the spindle and weather vane elements were removed for repair and re-gilded.  In the process of removing the previous campaign of gilding, it became apparent that substantial intervention was needed.  Kreilick Conservation, LLC was retained to assess the condition and provide recommendations for the treatment of the weather vane, ball, and crown.  Subsequent treatment took place between April and June of 2011.

Extensive documentation of the existing conditions and conservation process was undertaken, including AutoCAD drawings, paint analysis and photo-documentation.  This presentation will provide a description of all treatments implemented to restore the weather vane, ball, and crown, including traditional blacksmithing techniques and gilding.

Speaker’s Bios:

T. Scott Kreilick established Kreilick Conservation after earning his Master of Science in Historic Preservation with a Specialization in Architectural Conservation at the University of Pennsylvania.  His undergraduate work, also at the University of Pennsylvania, was in the History and Sociology of Science.  He completed an internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Kreilick Conservation, LLC provides laboratory and field analysis of materials, condition assessments, emergency response and stabilization, treatment, documentation, and maintenance of architecture, monuments, sculpture, and objects.

Scott is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).  He is a member of AIC’s Collections Emergency Response Team (CERT).  He served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International from 1998-2004.

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