The Challenge of Building a Durable Storefront

| Monday, May 19 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room: Brule A | Session Tracks: AD, RE



The Challenge of Building a Durable Storefront

Can buildings have a historically compatible design without sacrificing durability? Do we need to compromise historic effects if we use modern materials? What is the trade-off between traditional materials and modern synthetic ones and how do we compensate for deficiencies while capitalizing on their advantages? This session explores storefront design in a historical context and focuses on how to capture historic character with currently available modern materials. Explore the durability of storefront materials as well as the common mistakes in storefront construction and solutions to avoid them.


John Sandor, National Park Service
John Sandor has worked as an architectural historian in the Technical Preservation Services Division of the National Park Service since 1996. He previously worked as the architectural coordinator for the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office and has experience as a preservation consultant and a carpenter. John is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in architecture and serves on the boards of the D.C. Preservation League and the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.