So, just who is this John Leeke character?
|John Leeke is a specialist who helps
owners, tradespeople, contractors and architects
understand and maintain their older and historic
buildings. John learned woodworking as he grew up in his
father's cabinet making shop. He studied early American
architecture and decorative arts at Historic Deerfield,
Massachusetts. Through the 1970's and 1980's he operated
his own shop and contracting business restoring historic
houses throughout New England. He still spends a good
part of his time "with hammer in hand." Since
the mid-1980's John has been consulting on preservation
projects nationally and sharing his knowledge by writing
for national publications.
Preserving Cultural Heritage
John helps institutions with problem solving, conditions surveys and assessments. Prioritized recommendations will get your organization moving in the right direction. You can fit John into existing programs providing staff training in special preservation and maintenance techniques. He can also help plan and implement special projects. Preservation organizations from the National Trust to state and local historical societies have brought John in to present workshops and seminars.
You can depend on John for the same level of service he gives professionals and museums. A detailed conditions survey results in a prioritized maintenance list. After an onsite visit you will have the information you need to deal with tradespeople and contractors confidently.
John is a "team player" with job-site experience and specialties in moisture and weather envelope issues and wood technology. He provides a practical approach with the results that prevent problems before they happen. Services include investigation & assessment and developing treatments, during the project design phase. His proven ability to communicate on paper is especially useful at the specification phase.
Call John in to bring your crews up to speed quickly on the latest preservation methods and techniques. Productive work begins sooner with less hassle. On-the-job training improves quality and performance.
Maintenance is Preservation
A formal maintenance program will help you preserve the architectural character and historical significance of your building, as well as save you money. John can help you set goals and objectives, establish schedules and forecast costs. Repeating the four-step cycle of assessing, planning, maintaining and evaluating assures economical and efficient maintenance.
What others say about Leeke.
|"Found your advice very
valuable and followed it all the way through. Now we're
ready for more help." --homeowner in Lexington, MA
"Thanks again for your expert advice and guidance! We are able to work together now that my husband has become a "believer", thanks to your expertise. You were very professional and helped us tremendously." -- homeowners Nancy and John Morse, Payne, Ohio
"Your insight contributed greatly to the restoration of several large Ionic columns for a c.1838 home in Geneva, New York...the entire project as a resounding success." --Peter Trieb, Restoration Contractor, Lima, NY
"Leeke has gained a substantial reputation as an advocate of conservation planning and maintenance programming. A well-recognized preservation craftsman, Leeke has emerged in the past decade as a popularizer of building conservation principles in national trade and consumer publications and through a series of technical publications of his own. He has demonstrated leadership skills, craft knowledge, and practical management abilities.." --Richard Candee, Ph.D. American Civilization.
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