Participants will visit the recently restored Central Park Police precinct house, a national and New York City landmark. (Photo courtesy of policeny.com)

The Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements will hold a conference in New York City from 31 March to 1 April, 2011. Speakers will discuss repair philosophies for historic cements, the new ASTM mortar specification for historic masonry, and present issues raised in projects at Fort Sumter National Monument and Frank Lloyd Wright’s concrete block houses in Los Angeles. The conference will also include site visits to the New York Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Two sessions including a lecture and hands-on demonstration will be offered, one covering the history and use of Rosendale and French lime mortars, and another concerned with matching visual appearance and surface textures in repairs.

Conference registration, abstracts and a schedule of events are available at http://www.historiccements.org/conference.html

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