Roy Jenkins Pool Renovation

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Roy Jenkins Pool

In Tampa, Florida we were fortunate to work on a very unique structure.  An above ground swimming pool built in the 1928 at a cost of $75,000.  The pool which had to be closed in 2008 was in desperate need of repair and re-configuration to serve the residents of Davis Island.

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Randy checking out one of the cracks on the exterior walls; in fact the walls are about the only remaining part of the original structure.

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In the 85 years of the pool’s existence the walls had been repaired numerous times by apparent unskilled workers from the looks of everything going on with the exterior finish; it really is a hodgepodge of different textures, some areas were the original cement plaster finish, some areas were a smooth sanded finish and then there were areas that were just a soupy mess.

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We’d go on to have mixed feelings about this project as we felt the walls deserved better than we were directed to give them. We were only to repair the cracks and then match into the adjacent texture found on the building, period.  We had wanted to recreate the 1920’s splatter dash finish especially on a building as important to a community as this one.

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In changing from a three section pool design into its new redesign the exterior walls would really take a beating.

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Cody removed a section of the cement plaster molding and made the template, ran the new plaster molding and installed it.

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The pool has some very interesting architectural design features.

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Finishing up around the windows.

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The Roy Jenkins Pool is now open and the community is once again enjoying it.               We are very proud to have played a part in its history!

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The Roy Jenkins Pool is a very unique structure.  These above ground pools were popular in the 1920’s; today in the Midwest and Northeast there are a small number of these pools in existence; many of them were designed by Wesley Bintz (Roy Jenkins is not a Bintz pool but appears to be based on some of his design ideas).  The ”Bintz” pool was popular with cities due to its lower construction costs since it was above ground with the changing and mechanical areas housed underneath the pool.

Below is a Bintz pool in Anderson, Ind.

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Famous people with ties to the plastering trade

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As promised in our earlier story’s tease.  While doing research online we found some pretty interesting folks with ties to the plastering trade.

Let’s start with The Chairman of the Board – Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.

Did you know that his first wife, Nancy Barbato was a New Jersey plasterer’s daughter and that Frank in the early years would work with his father-in-law plastering walls while waiting for his big break.  Yes, that’s right.

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Sean Connery arguably the best James Bond, Agent 007 ever; worked with his brother, Neil a plastering contractor.

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Britain’s 1988 Olympic ski jumper, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is a plasterer.

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And thanks to Philip Gaches, we’ve learned about Ricky Tomlinson, a British actor & activist who was a plasterer by trade.

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If you know of other famous folks that have a bit of plastering in their history we’d love it if you would share them with us.

And there are other famous plasterers more specific to the trade itself but these were just a few of the people you might not have expected!

 

What’s in a name or rather an email address…

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Yes, that really is our email address.  So you might guess that one of the most asked questions is…what does it mean?

Well, Randy’s a United States Marine and he’d been a heavyweight prizefighter…now it all makes sense, doesn’t it!

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Randy served from 1964-70; at boot camp on Parris Island he excelled, he was named platoon guide, received PFC and the Dress Blue Award.  He played football and learned a little about boxing in the Corps; so after his service he continued boxing at Angelo Dundee’s 5th Street Gym on Miami Beach.

As a young fighter, he would watch  Muhammad Ali training at Dundee’s gym before heading over to Dinner Key Auditorium with his manager, Baron Pate to work out.  It was there that Joe Frazier was training for the first Frazier-Ali fight – “The Fight of the Century” in 1971.  Randy was so impressed watching Frazier work out that he bet everything he had on Frazier that night, $300.

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Randy would wake at 5 am to run five miles before plastering all day and then heading to the gym after work for his training sessions.  He would go on to have 15 professional fights before chips in his elbow ended his fight career.randy boxing plastering

Now thanks to a post by David Winchester from NAPL – Home of the Professional Plasterers, we’ve learned that Randy isn’t the only “Fighting Plasterer” nor was he the first. In doing research we learned about a fighter by the name of Fred Fulton, “The Rochester Plasterer”.  He fought in the early 1900’s and indeed had been a plasterer by trade in Minnesota.

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And you won’t believe what else we found…now, how’s that for a tease.  In an upcoming story, we’d like to introduce you to other “Fighting Plasterers” plus a few more folks we found with interesting ties to the plastering trade.

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We were asked to go to South Florida to install a couple of plaster domes in the ceilings of a residence.

Blueprint drawing of oblong dome

Blueprint drawing of oblong dome

When we arrived on site we notice that almost every piece of the domes had been damaged in shipping and had been placed improperly on the concrete floor causing them to warp. Each of the damaged details would need to be meticulously recreated by hand.

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Next we found that the framing was incorrect and there wasn’t enough space between the concrete above where the dome was to be placed; it would mean the dome was now hanging lower than it had been framed.

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Each piece would need to be cut or shaved in order to fit into the space set up for the oblong dome.

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Each section would be mitered together to create a seamless look and the entire ceiling plastered to cover up the incorrect framing issue.

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Now the dome is ready to have the trim pieces put into place and mitered together.

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The finished dome.

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The smaller round dome.

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Randy looking over the installation and the mitered joints, the plaster is still wet.

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Cody & Randy Clark looking very satisfied about a job well done.

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Thomas County Courthouse, Georgia

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We had a project in Thomasville, Georgia where we did the plaster restoration on the historic Courthouse built in 1853.

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In doing research for the project we learned a bit about the community and the history of the area that we’d like to share with you.

At the center of this beautiful little town is the historic Thomas County Court House built in 1853.

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The courthouse had fallen into disrepair.

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The finished interior; we used wood fiber gypsum plaster with lime finish.

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We were so very happy to be a small part of bringing the Courthouse back to its place of prominence in Thomasville.

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If you haven’t been to Thomasville yet, you should definitely put it on your list of places to see.

In April the city holds its Rose Show & Festival.

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In December they have their Victorian Christmas celebration.

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The downtown area is filled with quaint shoppes and restaurants.

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There are many surviving plantations in Thomas County, such as Pebble Hill built in 1896.

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Other plantations are still in operation today as Shooting Plantations.

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Then there are the grand Victorian homes like the Lapham-Patterson house built in 1884.

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The Glen Arven Country Club, one of the country’s oldest golf courses is located in Thomasville, it was built in 1892 and was a favorite of President Eisenhower shown below on the course in 1956.

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Well, it’s pretty easy to see why we enjoy our historic plastering projects; not only are we doing what we do best; we get to know the communities, the people and the history of the areas where we work.

We’ll forever feel like a small part of these wonderful places.

For more information:                                                                                          www.thomasvillega.com                                                                www.thomascountyhistory.org

 

 

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We’re different!

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Mitering an intricate decorative oblong dome.

With the same Espirit de Corps he first experienced as a young United States Marine, Randy Clark works alongside his team of seasoned veterans at Olde World Walls & Ceilings.

We’re different!

A few of the things that distinguishes us from the other companies is the meticulous planning and preparation we undertake before our crew arrives at the jobsite; everything that they will need has been seen to and they know exactly what is required to deliver the best finished plastering job to the owner.   We believe it is this attention to detail before, during and afterwards that sets us apart.  We care.

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Our plasterers have decades of experience in all phases of plastering;  each possessing skills and secrets passed from generation to generation and we have become family after working together for many of those decades.

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Coquina Shell Exterior

Coquina Shell Exterior

We’re proud of the level of professionalism and the quality of craftsmanship we bring to each project, we will no take shortcuts or cut corners.  Our promise is that you will get nothing but our very best, every time!

We are grateful to have these men with us as they are some of the most respected, talented plasterers still working  today and we’re very pleased to be passing that knowledge to our next generation.  OoRAH!

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Olde World has built its reputation, as a premier plastering company, one project at time and on our belief that each project is the most important one we’ve ever done!  It is upsetting to see the shoddy workmanship of others; cracks, “termite tracks” or a layer of plaster so thin you can see the cmu block underneath, we can’t believe that people are accepting this type of finished product.  We strive for perfection!  Our favorite projects are those that we find hard to leave after all of our work is done.  The ones that we feel we couldn’t have done any better; yes, we really that proud of our workmanship.  We won’t disappoint, you deserve better.

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Working inside an ellipse dome ceiling.
The dome is 40′ x 20′ x 5′

It is spectacular!

It is spectacular!

The dome illuminated.

Plaster has been around for thousands of years and is always evolving, so are we!

We strongly believe our continuing education is also what differentiates us from the others.  In doing research for our historic projects; we learn not only about the building but also the community it originally served.  One of our favorite projects was for the good people of Thomasville, Georgia.  What a beautiful town.

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We take great pride in being invited to work on historic projects, it’s an honor, and to all those working so tirelessly to save these wonderful old buildings, thank you.

Another component to our success is that we are inquisitive; we enjoy experimenting with the newest products, trends and techniques that are constantly emerging from the various manufacturers of plaster around the world.

Venetian Plaster in sunny yellow for Mrs. Fowler's dream home.

Venetian Plaster done in a cheerful sunny yellow for Mrs. Fowler’s dream home.

The possibilities that come from using plaster on your project are limitless.

To our clients, we cannot thank you enough for the trust you have placed in us.

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