The Iconic House: Lessons Learned on Detailing for Durability


Explore how the details of iconic historic and modernist houses have contributed to their durability or lack thereof, and what we can learn from their successes and failures when detailing our own projects for durability. Topics covered will include window flashings, roof eave edge detailing, roof to wall overhangs, interior to exterior transitions at grade, and overall building forms for improved water management. Case studies will include the speaker's assessment or restoration work on numerous iconic houses, from the 1680, Paul Revere House to iconic mid-century modernist houses designed by Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Hosted by Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN®)

Learning objectives

  • Define the major factors and issues that can cause durability problems.
  • Study design drawings to identify what enclosure details are most likely to be problematic in their durability.
  • Design these potentially problematic details for long-term durability, while maintaining overall aesthetic goals.
  • Identify and rectify problematic details in renovations and restorations.

This course was recorded live on April 21, 2021.

This course is part of a series

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    Matthew Bronski


    Principal, Preservation Technology Practice Leader | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

    Matthew Bronski, P.E., is a Principal, and the Preservation Technology Practice Leader at Simpson...