The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes.
Confucius

O
ccasionally, when working on historic buildings one can find parts of the building completely missing from a period of historical significance. According to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, “Reconstruction is defined as the act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location.
The separate tile on the lower left is original to the house. The small tile was suggested by the architects because the edge profile of the tile matched the original although the size was different. The larger sheet shows tile which Durable Restoration’s research team found after an exhaustive search to match the original as closely as possible. This tile was a close match both as to its edge profile and its size. The reason for such diligence in this search was that cracks in the historic bathroom floors had to be fixed, and the aim was to effect as little change in appearance as possible.

The need for historic reconstruction can follow many types of occurrences. For example, many churches have lost steeples or parts of steeples due to fire, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other acts of nature.

In the case of Frank Lloyd Wright’s The Westcott House, a previous owner had severely altered the landscaping by filling in the reflecting pool and removing the planter walls. In reconstruction, measures should be taken to preserve the surrounding historical materials that have survived and to incorporate this material into the new construction as much as possible.