The Branch House Brickwork & Mortars

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

*This event will occur as a live webinar. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Brown Paper Tickets with the information to access the webinar included in it. Please check your Junk/Spam folder. Continue to registration below.*


Brick has been a common building material in Virginia since the colonial era but the Branch House’s use of brick is unique.  You will see up-close drone images of the ornamental brickwork and sculpture that is typically seen from the ground.  You will learn about brick restoration techniques and considerations that are factored into historic brick buildings across Virginia, including the importance in selecting the right mortar.  You will also learn about the changes in the brick industry during the period of the house’s construction, which transitioned from centuries old practices to contemporary construction.  Brick may be a common building material but at the Branch it is uncommon restoration.

Panelists:

Warren Davies, Virginia Masonry Restoration – Historic Masonry & The Branch House

Walter M. Dotts III, Trustee – Old House Authority, and great-grandson of John Kerr Branch and Beulah Gould Branch

A native of Richmond, VA, Dotts’ early participation in philanthropic causes reflected his varied interests, ranging from historic preservation, performing arts, education, animal welfare, and genealogy.  Dotts’ interest in historic preservation and traditional building techniques resulted in his restoration of a mid-18th century country house in Dutchess County, New York, and an early 19th century house in Richmond. That experience led to his becoming an advisor to realtors and property owners on preservation priorities.  He co-founded Old House Authority, a company providing professional advice on the rehabilitation and conservation of old and historic buildings and materials. Dotts is an alumnus of St. Christopher’s School in Richmond and Brown University.

Calder Loth, Architectural Historian

Moderator:

Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., Glavé & Holmes Architecture, Moderator


This webinar is “pay-what-you-can” to register.

Registration closes January 13 @ 5:30 PM.

Pay as little or as much as you wish and as you see fit for this experience. Per our mission, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design endeavors to create opportunities for everyone to begin (or continue) exploring design for the public good. Your contribution toward this webinar will be used to develop even more amazing programming in the future. A video of this webinar will be made available to those who register.