Historic Resources Committee presents: "I TOLD YOU SO"
September 28, 6:30-8:00PM
Offices of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger: 1055 W. 7th Street, Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90017

I TOLD YOU SO: 50 years’ study of the weathering of fiberglass facsimiles used in historic preservation

Join us for John Fidler’s September 2016 Lecture and a Glass (or two) of Wine

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Offices of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger: 1055 W. 7th Street, Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Tel: (213) 271-2000

Parking is available in the building garage after 4:30 pm for a $5.00 flat fee. Enter off 7th Street and proceed to the left, or enter off Bixel Street and proceed forward. Guests will need photo ID to check in at the security desk in the building lobby.

Cost: Free for AIA and APT Members, $10 for non-members

Presenter: John Fidler RIBA, IHBC, Intl. Assoc. AIA, FRICS, FSA, FRSA, FIIC, FAPT, President of John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc.

Hosts:  AIA-LA Chapter Historic Resources Committee; WC-APT and RICS-Americas

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Learning Units: 1.0 LUs

Shortages of traditional building materials and craft skills after World War II forced the British to adopt new technologies in building restoration at an early date, amongst which GFRP, or glass fiber reinforced plastic (e.g., Fiberglass™), played a prominent role as a means to cheaply replicate missing components such as domes, cornices and other architectural features in attempted facsimile. John Fidler has been studying the characteristics and performance of the material in the field from an early date with periodic inspections to London sites. After more than 35 years of study of materials exposed now for over 50 years, he can offer definitive guidance on the material and its place in historic preservation.

Learning Objectives:   Attendees will learn about:

                                    (1)        History of faux materials and their changing values and significance

                                    (2)        The materials and manufacturing techniques used for GFRP

                                    (3)        Natural and other physio-chemical and biological decay mechanisms

                                    (4)        Aesthetic weathering changes on specific London sites over 50 years

                                    (5)        Making choices as to when and when not to use GFRC

                                    (6)        Sources of information and guidance

John Fidler, RIBA, IHBC, Intl. Assoc. AIA, FRICS, FSA, FRSA, FIIC, FAPT 

President of John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc. 

Based in Los Angeles and running an international technical consultancy business serving the AEC industry, John Fidler is a British-licensed architect with two postgraduate degrees in building conservation and over 37 years of specialist experience concerned with the cleaning and repair of buildings, ancient monuments and archaeological sites. He was formerly the Conservation Director of English Heritage responsible for the care of over 420 properties of national importance including the World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. He has repaired ruined abbeys, castles and palaces; consulted on numerous National Historic Landmarks in the USA; and is currently working on a Byzantine church in Cypress; a ruined 1769 masonry plantation house in Virginia; and a large historic ship and a Russian submarine in Long Beach.

Fidler has published widely on the subject of GFRC in historic preservation: notably in the Transactions of the UK ASCHB, and two papers published in the APT’s Bulletin. He was formerly chairman and co-author of British Standard 8221/2: 2000, The Cleaning and Surface Repair of Buildings; editor and author of technical papers in volume 2 of English Heritage’s Research Transactions: Stone and now is editing the fourth edition of Sir Bernard Feilden’s book, The Conservation of Historic Buildings. He teaches occasionally at UCLA, UPenn and Columbia, and on the International Stone Conservation course at ICCROM in Rome.

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