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Author: David Wessel

ARG Conservation Services, Inc. / Articles posted by David Wessel

Cambodia – A Conservator’s Dream Come True

Upon landing in Hong Kong on our way to Cambodia, I checked my email. Waiting for me was a message from the Cambodian Visa Department. My heart sunk; what could be wrong? I was sure my papers were in order and we were all set for our visit to Siem

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San Francisco Façade Inspection Ordinance

It was almost 25 years ago when a client called us and asked if we could stop by their building in downtown San Francisco—they had something to show us. When we arrived, the building engineer brought out a large piece of terra cotta masonry that was found on the sidewalk

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A Stabilized Relic

The de la Montanya Monument was constructed in 1909 to house the remains of the prominent de la Montanya family. Unfortunately, the family dispersed, and the descendants did not have the ability to maintain their ancestors’ resting place. It should come as no surprise that the cost of restoring a deteriorated

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A Yankee Visits Charleston

When I attended the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) conference last fall in Charleston, South Carolina, I was amazed by the city’s historic architecture. Charleston is renowned for gracious homes and its place at the vanguard of the historic preservation movement, but I was still taken aback by the

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Graffiti and Street Art in San Francisco

On January 18, ARG/CS Principal David Wessel will speak at Zero Graffiti International, a three-day conference to address the causes, effects, and prevention of vandalism in communities. This year’s conference takes place in our very own San Francisco, where city agencies spend somewhere around twenty million dollars a year combating

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Building Owners, Watch for Hidden Costs Under the Sidewalk

In 2007, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made a little change to the city’s public works code that has been affecting our clients who own downtown buildings. Many of these buildings were constructed with small spaces extending beneath the sidewalk. These spaces may be handy to have for storage

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Seeing Beneath the Skin

In the 1960s, among the products advertised in the backs of comic books—“Live Sea monkeys!” and “Trick Black Soap”—were “X-Ray Specs.” For only one dollar, these glasses supposedly let you look through your hand to see the bones, or perhaps under the clothes of your friends. Whether the glasses worked or

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