The Branch House Roof, Trim and Windows

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The roof and windows are defining features of the Branch House.  The diamond patterned windows enhance the medieval character of the building, the exterior woodwork relied on skilled craftsman to make adjustments on-site like medieval carpenters, and the roof system is a series of pitches with slate and flat surfaces now with modern coatings.  But these features are more than beautiful; they have to keep water out and their wear is showing. Our panel of experts will discuss the challenges of repairing building elements that pose the greatest risk to water infiltration that can either be highly visible or obscured.


Sam Daniel, Daniel & Co.

Daniel has been involved in the construction industry for 42 years, growing up in the family’s general contracting business and developing the full range of skills, to successfully operate a general contracting business which led to establishing Daniel & Company in 1996. A full-service general contracting and construction management firm, Daniel has developed a specialized niche for distinguished projects of historical significance, as well as, executing new construction, renovations and additions, and complex phased projects such as museums, instructional and religious facilities for both the public and private sectors. Daniel received a BS from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Daniel has kept the Company relevant by implementing state of the art electronic technology to better manage its operations and encourages all of its employees to participate in continuing education, which has resulted in employees achieving LEED Certification, enabling the Company to successfully complete LEED Certified Projects, some achieving Gold status.

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.

Maurice Franck, Saunders Roofing

Maurice Franck became involved in historic renovation when he joined Slate Roof Specialists in 1999, and then Saunders Roofing Co. in 2007. He has been involved in consulting, planning and executing work at Maymont, The John Marshall House, Saint John’s Church, The Edgar Allen Poe Museum, The Valentine, among many other projects, including The Branch. A lifelong love of architecture, a BFA degree in Fine Arts / Crafts & Anthropology from Longwood University, a working education at Rose Bower Vineyard & Winery, and Oenology studies with Dr. Joseph Formica have brought him a unique and creative perspective and appreciation of our public and personal treasured buildings.


Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., Glavé & Holmes

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