QuarryHouse was engaged early in the project to study the stone being considered for this very large estate home. We had concerns as to the suitability of the stone, and immediately began a series of tests with our stone engineers. We also began a search for a stone that would better suit the projects technical needs, yet also align with the architects design and aesthetics. We found a warm sandstone from southern Spain that seemed to meet all of the criteria for the project, and we set up scale mock ups at the Italian fabrication plant for the owner and the design team to review. We also began to discuss the details of the stone carving, as this is a critical factor in expressing the classical style of Beaux Art’s. In our discussions with the client I sensed that they did not have an understanding of this classical style, and I suggested that we go and look at some of the Chateau’s in France for reference. We contacted a good friend who has extensive experience in architectural history, and asked him to select and arrange a guided tour of some notable chateau’s in and around Paris. This proved to be a valuable study trip, using photo images and sketches we where able to create the carving drawings for the tympanum at the main entry, from which the line drawings for the carver where produced. A stone project of this scale requires not only the stonemason’s skill, it also requires a deep understanding of the logistics in quarrying, fabricating, shipping, engineering and organization on the job site, coupled with strict quality control. This is the Art of Legacy.
Legacy Material: Villamonte Sandstone
Oskar Kempf, Master Mason
David Elkington, Robert Paganini Superintendents
Eugenio Arcangeli: Euro Fabrication Manager
Edward Westbrook: Principal Euro Sourcing
Santucci Group: Italian Fabrication
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Our search for the right stone lead us to this quarry in southern Spain. The design team loved the warm cream colors of the stone and we where pleased as it is easy to work and carve, as well as demonstrating the durability required for this landmark home. The quarry also had the capacity to produce the large amount of blocks required on a tight time schedule.
Following the approval of the mock up, quarrying began in earnest as the project required a great deal of stone. Each block needed to be inspected and approved prior to shipping to Italy for fabrication.
As the stone quarrying progressed we began the shop drawing process, as the project required over 12,000 pieces of stone with many being unique in size and shapes. Attaching the stone to the building presented many engineering challenges, as the structure was being built using an innovative “shotcrete” infill panel. Coordinating stone, steel, waterproofing and flashing required careful planning working in close coordination with the entire building team.
One of QuarryHouse’s strengths is in our relationships with overseas quarries and fabrication plants. Having full time employees stationed at offices in Europe and Asia, allows us to work quickly and efficiently with our partners, expediting inspections and keeping careful watch for quality control. In addition to these services QuarryHouse maintains a fully equipped state of the art stone shop in California that can quickly remake or repair any stone or Legacy Material required for the project, thus avoiding delays and confusion for our clients.
Our study trip to Paris allowed us to collect detailed images to help the owner and the design team in creating the tableau for the tympanun over the front entry.
Using the photo images from the study trip we were able to create the line drawings for the carvers.
The finished tympanum carving delighted the owners as part of their family’s story.
In detailing the stone we made solid returns around columns and arches, minimizing seams and joints. Although this is a more costly approach,it gives the finished stonework the appearance of having been carved from solid blocks. When you build a legacy, details count!
The warmth of the stone softens the composition and blends into the site. Keeping tight tolerances on joints and alignments gives the finished work a crisp classic look.
Richard manion’s elegant design captures the California lifestyle in a classic composition.
The large span arch brings beautiful natural light into the indoor pool.
A classic entry hall trimmed in the warm sandstone.