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You have taken your journey with Greene and Greene beyond the mortal master craftsman.
(circa: Aug. 2010)
R. M. Design and Construction
P. O. Box 1122
Elizabeth, CO 80107
We want to thank you, again, for the work you did for us on the two houses in Cripple Creek.
You saved our Victorian windows and they are in great working condition, now. They are vastly superior to crummy, expensive, new windows that don't even fit their openings.
You are knowledgeable in every aspect of restoration, we would always consult with you, first and last.
You taught us a lot, and we respect how careful you were with stretching our funds, and working to recover grant monies.
We found you easy to work alongside, and generous in teaching us restoration skills.
Please use us, if anyone asks you for a reference. We discovered that you are able to take chaos, and swiftly sort it into functioning beauty.
You are sincere, honest and a master craftsman.
With great appreciation,
Kathy and Mark
Los Angeles Times Magazine
Notes on Dutch Ovens and Designer Sweaters : TREASURE HUNTING : Urban Restoration
September 11, 1988|LOIS GIBSON
THE FEW REMAINING vintage homes in Los Angeles are highly prized bits of living history. Often as not, however, time has not been kind: Foundations may be eroded, windows smashed, roofs substandard, outer walls rotting beneath aluminum siding, ceilings lowered and spacious rooms chopped into apartments.
Period homes require restoration experts. Aided by old books, photographs and blueprints, these historical detectives evaluate clues found beneath loose bricks or wallpaper to determine how a historic house once appeared and how to restore it. They know where to find materials and ornaments no longer produced. They know how to make additions, modifications and perhaps even improvements in the exact style of the original.
Architect/structural engineer Melvyn Green, for instance, completely refurbishes old buildings from the foundation right up to the weathervane. He prevents and repairs earthquake damage and works with City Hall "to respect, preserve and maintain the beauty of Los Angeles' early homes."
Designer/engineer Tom Witt of Quali-Craft has a vast library of vintage blueprints. His delightful period additions include a 12-sided dome and coved, back-lit stained-glass bedroom ceiling that made a Tudor house in Seal Beach into a historic showplace.
The Bundy Estate, the Jolson Estate, the old Wrigley/Tournament of Roses House and the Gamble House/USC have been restored by designer/contractor Randall Marder. His work includes the repair of the homes' fine woodwork and antiques.