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AIA Grassroots – Springfield, Illinois

578504_10200900564662151_176442079_n This week Ron had the opportunity to go to Springfield to lobby for issues that affect architects.

We all appreciate the time and effort of the AIA Illinois Architects who went to lobby for some important issues that affect specifically Architects, but ultimately everyone.  Thanks again!



Above: Ron with Sen. Dave Syverson


Below: A group pic from the AIA Illinois website.  I haven't found Ron in this one yet, but I have found at least one other Rockford area Architect!


The following are a Brief synopsis of 3 Bills discussed with legislature.

Accessibility Standards Update (HB 1462/ Rep. Sente)
With the adoption of the 2010 ADA Standards it has become
increasingly difficult to decipher what is necessary under the
Illinois Accessibility Code. Under HB 1462 the state must begin
aligning the Illinois Accessibility Code with the 2010 ADA
Standards. Professionals will be able to refer to one code when
making necessary designs. It is time to encourage Illinois to
update the Illinois Accessibility Code for easy, one stop
Status: This bill has passed the House State Government
Committee without opposition.

Testing Blackout (SB 1792/Sen. Martinez, HB 1344/Rep.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
(NCARB) testing service will be down for 8 to 12 weeks this
summer. Interns with a bachelor’s degree only have till January
1, 2014 to complete their testing requirements.
SB1792/HB1344 extends the time in which architectural interns
may complete the exam. Providing for our future architects is
an important role in keeping the profession competitive.
Status: These bills have passed House and Senate
Committees unanimously.

Historic Building Credit (SB 336/ Sen. Manar,
HB122/ Rep. Harris)
This credit will encourage private investment in historic
properties. Urban, suburban, rural communities and the State
of Illinois will benefit from the jobs and economic development.
The bill allows credit up to $3 million per project on state
income taxes equal to 20% of the qualified cost of the project.
The state is expected to return $7 for every $1 invested, in
income and sales tax dollars.
Status: These bills are assigned to Revenue Committee.


While Ron was at the Capital, he took some time to appreciate some great architecture.  Below are some pictures he took while there. Enjoy!

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What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted


Found this awesome article on Archinect.  It shows the White House being renovated in the late 1940's.  You can read the original article here.  Enjoy!





Harry S Truman inherited a White House that was in horrendous shape. After the British nearly burnt it to the ground in 1814, the construction of 20th-century innovations—indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating ducts—had also taken its toll on the structure. The building was nearly 150 years old, and it showed its age. In November 1948, the building was in a near-condemnable state, as The New York Times reported:

The ceiling of the East Room, elaborately done in the frescoes of fruits and reclining women and weighing seventy pounds to the square foot, was found to be sagging six inches on Oct. 26, and now is being held in place by scaffolding and supports.... But it took the $50,000 survey authorized by Congress to disclose the fact that the marble grand staircase is in imminent danger. Supporting bricks, bought second hand in 1880, are disintegrating.

The social events of the 1948 holiday season had to be canceled. And with good reason: Experts called the third floor of the White House “an outstanding example of a firetrap.” The result of a federally commissioned report found the mansion’s plumbing “makeshift and unsanitary,” while “the structural deterioration [was] in ‘appalling degree,’ and threatening complete collapse.” The congressional commission on the matter was considering the option of abandoning the structure altogether in favor of a built-from-scratch mansion, but President Truman lobbied for the restoration.

“It perhaps would be more economical from a purely financial standpoint to raze the building and to rebuild completely,” he testified to Congress in February 1949. “In doing so, however, there would be destroyed a building of tremendous historical significance in the growth of the nation.”

So it had to be gutted. Completely. Every piece of the interior, including the walls, had to be removed and put in storage. The outside of the structure—reinforced by new concrete columns—was all that remained. See images of the reconstruction below. (Photos and captions are from the National Archives.)

The inside of the White House, after being gutted in 1950. (National Archives)

Window openings provide bursts of light into the cavernous interior of the White House, supported only by a web of temporary steel supports. The exterior walls rest on new concrete underpinnings, which allow earth-moving equipment to dig a new basement. (National Archives)

This photograph was taken from the east entrance of the lower corridor of the White House, looking west with the East Room above. The workmen are demolishing the walls of the lower corridor. (National Archives)

A view from the Servant's Dining Room to the bottom of an underpinning pit approximately 30 feet below. The concrete underpinning here will support a steel girder reaching to the roof of the White House. (National Archives)

A bulldozer removing debris from the inside of the White House, during the renovation of the building. The bulldozer had to be taken apart and moved into the White House in pieces, as President Truman would not allow a hole large enough to fit the bulldozer to be cut into the walls of the White House. (National Archives)

View of the north wall of the second-floor corridor of the White House during the renovation. The truss work in the walls of the North Hall have been removed. (National Archives)

View from the first floor landing to the basement during the removal of the Joliet stone steps from the main stairway of the White House. (National Archives)

Two unidentified men stand in what remains of the second-floor Oval Study above the Blue Room. The north wall and part of the floor have been removed for the installation of steel shoring columns. (National Archives)

Detail of the north wall of the Blue Room after the removal of the plaster from the walls. The jambs of the doorways to the Red Room (left) and Green Room (right) have also been removed. (National Archives)

View from the Lincoln Room northeast into Rose Room. (National Archives)

View of the northeast corner of the White House during renovation. Workmen are installing reinforced steel for laying of the concrete roofs of the Fan Room and other rooms in this area. (National Archives)

To underscore the size of the massive new ventilation system being installed above the tunnel in the new White House basement, the photographer placed workmen inside the illuminated ductwork. (National Archives)




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