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Advance Release of Capitol Story

Mount Ida Press is excited to announce the advance release of Capitol Story, published by SUNY Press in association with Mount Ida Press and the Albany Institute of History and Art. This third edition of the book details the history of the design and construction of the New York State Capitol building and includes revisions and additional research by the New York State Office of General Services, a new chapter by Diana S. Waite, exquisite new photography by Gary David Gold, and a foreword by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Advance copies can be purchased while supplies last at the Albany Institute gift shop or at

A review of Capitol Story and the efforts which went into its publication was recently published in the Times Union.

New from the APT Bulletin: Armories, Australia, and the Big Apple

Mount Ida Press edits and publishes the APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology. The latest issue of theBulletin, published in December 2014, visits locations on three continents and analyzes historic sites as distinct as a New York armory, an Ottoman hospital, and Wanjina rock-art paintings of Western Australia. The authors address structural preservation, reinforcing historic buildings to protect against bombings, architectural sustainability, and using values-based management to preserve indigenous cultural heritage.

In “Conservation of Dalle de Verre at the New York Hall of Science,” Raymond M. Pepi, Laura N. Buchner, and Christopher Gembinski detail the work of restoring more than 5,000 concrete-and-glass panels in a building that exhibited space-exploration technology during the 1964 World’s Fair. Pamela Jerome and Angel Ayón explore threats to another type of Sixties New York City construction in “Can the 1960s Single-Glazed Curtain Wall Be Saved?” They question whether property owners will choose repair, recladding, or replacement of facades based upon the confluence of various economic and environmental factors, such as energy efficiency. Journeying to the Park Avenue Armory and Carnegie Hall, also in New York City, Eytan Solomon and Alastair Elliott discuss the challenges of reinforcing the original long-span roof trusses of both buildings. In “Protection of Historic Buildings for Blast Loads,” Timothy J. Beach and Peggy Van Eepoel present three case studies that explore the dilemma of protecting historic facades in urban environments against potential bomb blasts without sacrificing the integrity of the historic character of the properties. Another article, “Issues in Values-Based Management for Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Australia” by Kristal Buckley and Sharon Sullivan, deals with a different dilemma: how preservationists can respect cultural protocols and recognize the roles of community rights-holders. Finally, Gulsen Disli examines the history of building systems used in Anatolian Seljuk and Ottoman hospitals in Turkey, discussing refrigeration, heating, and water systems in both types of hospitals.

As a benefit of membership, APT members can search, browse, download, and print full-text PDF versions of past Bulletin articles on JSTOR, an international online digital archive. Visit for more information.

Other New Projects

Mount Ida Press is currently working on a book on the architecture of downtown Troy, New York, with the Rensselaer County Historical Society; a historic structure report on Pavilion VIII at the University of Virginia; and a special issue of the APT Bulletin that focuses on Modern Metals.

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