Moraine Farm

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Moraine Farm is a historic landmark in Kettering, Ohio that has been used by various large corporations and organizations as a conference and meeting center. There are several decorative plaster areas in the house, but the most striking is the dining room. When areas of the ceiling were damaged by water and it was noticed that other areas were sagging, the owners brought in Oren Plastering to replace half of it. This meant the elements would have to be precise duplicates or it would be obvious where the original ceiling left off and the replacement began.

The damaged ceiling was removed and molds of the pieces were begun. Meanwhile, as more of the sagging area was carefully removed, it revealed that the remainder of the ceiling was loose and difficult to re-secure. It was also discovered that lighting changes the owners hoped to make would be impossible without access above the ceiling, so it was determined to remove the entire decorative portion of the ceiling.

A piece is carefully removed to be reproduced.

Touching up the plaster in preparation of making the rubber mold.

Mold material is poured to create a cast.

Plaster cast created from the mold.

Steve Mullins and Tommy Fogle worked out the most efficient combination of elements to cast together and made the molds. It took six different molds to make the pieces they needed. The main motif, which is made up of several elements, was cast all in one piece. When the molds were made, the casting could begin. Hundreds of pieces were cast while the electricians did wiring and plumbers replaced pipes. The electricians coordinated with Tommy and Steve on how the lights would line up with the new ceiling elements. Finally the new ceiling was installed, matching the original so well that one would not know it had been replaced.

Steve and Tommy are a credit to their trade. This type of work takes a lot of planning and coordination. Working with a crew, they not only completed the work successfully, but helped train less experienced plasterers so this type of work can continue. Note: Steve and Tommy won craftsmanship awards for this project. To discuss how local craftsman can help with your project, give Ken Oren a call.

The Dayton Bureau for Lath and Plaster is funded by contractors through the Dayton area Plasterer’s Union. It seeks to promote quality work through the use of trained craftsmen. If you have project details or specifications, Ken Oren is available for questions. There is no charge to architects when the project in question is offered to local bidders. The Bureau has purchased ASTM Section C and AutoCAD LT for reference and convenience in addressing design issues. If you wish to email an item for review to kenoren@plasterinfo.org, your query will be promptly addressed.

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