American Red Cross Headquarters

Location: Washington, DC

Size: 15,000 square feet

John Milner Associates Preservation recently worked as historic materials consultants with Shalom Baranes Associates of Washington, DC to renovate the original headquarters and museum building of the American Red Cross located at 17th and D Streets, not far from the White House.

As part of a $6 Million renovation program, JMA Preservation was hired to evaluate all historic building materials and develop a restoration plan within the context of the overall building rehabilitation.

Based on field evaluation and lab testing, JMA Preservation prepared drawings and specifications for repair and restoration of historic interior and exterior building materials including repair and reconstruction of marble and granite steps. The project was extended to include a comparable scope of work for the adjacent Red Cross Museum Building.

JMA Preservation conservators were also called upon to perform hands-on marble cleaning and to address severe damage to ornamental wood features which occurred during the construction process. JMA Preservation developed a detailed treatment protocol to reverse the visual effects of chemical burning due to improper paint stripping materials and methods. This project received an AIA excellence in Historic Resources Award from the DC Chapter of the AIA and an Excellence in Construction Award from the Metro Washington and Virginia Chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors in the Historic Restoration category.