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Shoptalk: Caen Stone Plaster

2016-02-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Caen stone plaster

a type of plaster mixed to look like the limestone quarried in northwestern France near the city of Caen, Normandy; a blend of  colored sand, pigment, mica and quartz that reproduces the sparkling look and texture of limestone (Sources: Cyril M. Harris, Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.; Specialty Plaster LLC, Caenstone, accessed Feb. 4, 2016,

Caen stone plaster was created in an attempt to replicate the yellowish color and rippled-figure texture of the Caen stone used to build churches and prominent buildings in the medieval period. The plaster was popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and was applied over either lath or masonry as the finish coat or in all three coats of plaster. (Source: Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry, Wachuwannano, accessed Feb 4, 2016,

First, let's look at an example of Caen stone.
Church of Saint-PierreThe Church of Saint-Pierre, constructed between the early 13th and 16th centuries in Caen, is an example of a building with Caen stone. Note the light, creamy-yellow color of the limestone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Martin',, accessed Feb. 4, 2016.)

Now for an example of Caen stone plaster.
Caen stone plaster is present in the Great Overland Station's main waiting room. Drawings from the 1927 building, located in Topeka, Kan., show where "imitation Caen stone" should be installed.

Great Overland Station Main Waiting Room
Caen stone plaster was use to decorate a portion the waiting room walls.

Great Overland Station Clock Wall Elevation
This original elevation of the main waiting room clock indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.

Great Overland Station Clock Wall
The main waiting room clock wall after restoration.

Great Overland Station Window Wall
This original elevation of the main waiting room wall facing the street indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.

Great Overland Station Window Wall
The main waiting room after restoration.

New LEED Green Associate!

2016-01-19 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds

WANTED: an architect with a passion for science.

2016-01-19 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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We are growing: 2016 merger with H+L

2016-01-11 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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We Care 2015

2015-12-11 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds

This team needs you!

2015-12-09 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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We are searching for a Senior Project Manager to join this amazing team.We are searching for a Senior Project Manager to join this amazing team.

Dillon House Honored with 2015 Timmy Award

2015-11-02 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association presented Topeka developer Pioneer Group the award for Best Commercial/Retail/Non-Residential project at the J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation for the rehabilitation of the Dillon House. The award was announced at the NH&RA’s annual ceremony in Boston.

The “Timmy Awards” honor outstanding real estate projects that involve the rehabilitation and preservation of older and historic buildings nation-wide.

Kansas Hospital Association Convention and Tradeshow

2015-10-19 Posted By: Anne Dillon

Treanor is proud to annouce our winners of the "You Choose a Charity, We Donate" contest held at the 2015 Kansas Hospital Assocation Conference and Tradeshow. Thank you to all participants for taking a moment to stop by our booth and show your support for your favoritie health and wellness charity!

Kan-Struct Awards Honors Kansas Statehouse

2015-10-16 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration was presented the Historic Renovation Award for Excellence by the Kan-Struct Awards. The award, sponsored by the AGC of Kansas, ACEC Kansas and AIA Kansas, was presented at the Kan-Struct 2015 convention in Wichita, Kan. 

Meet Our New Associate Principals

2015-10-08 Posted By: Patty Weaver

With specialized expertise and their eyes on the future, these people stand out in their ability to design spaces that inspire and connect people. Join us in congratulating Treanor’s new associate principals.

Chris Cunningham, AIA   Robert Koening, AIA, CHC
Chris Cunningham, AIA
Housing & Mixed-Use
Parking his blue GTI in front of our office early each morning is just the beginning of Chris’ dedication to his craft. Chris has the drive to deliver projects the way Treanor projects should be.

Robert Koenig, AIA, CHC
Curious to his core, Robert researches like a scholar and genuinely enjoys getting to know people. No matter where he is or the topic of conversation, Robert makes meaningful connections and brings people together to make the world more neighborly.
Lisa Lamb, IIDA, NCIDQ   Jeff Lane, AIA
Lisa Lamb, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Design
Integrity, thoughtfulness and razor-sharp design skills aren’t all that make Lisa capable of extraordinary feats. She makes problems vanish with her magic wand, solving them quickly, quietly and thoughtfully.

Jeff Lane, AIA
They say to dress for the job you want; Jeff acts that way. He strikes a perfect balance between confident independence and accountability to his team and peers. Relatable, honest, trustworthy—Jeff leads through his actions and celebrates the achievements of others.
Julia Manglitz, AIA LEED AP   Jerome Ratzlaff, AIA
Julia Manglitz, AIA LEED AP
Our resident rocket scientist (with a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and a master’s in architecture) has been published internationally. From climbing 100-foot scaffolding to public speaking, Julia does all her own architecture stunts.

Jerome Ratzlaff, AIA
Science & Technology
In a world where architects have to fill a lot of tall orders, 6’6”Jerome is highly qualified in more than one way. Organized, focused, respected—Jerome quietly leads by example.
James Reittinger   Todd Renyer, AIA
James Reittinger
Student Life
As inspired as his sock collection, James exudes passion. As a teacher, innovator, and the director of design for our Student Life studio, James elevates those around him with a spirit of what could be.

Todd Renyer, AIA
An outdoorsman at heart, Todd enjoys cultivating his patch of land and the challenge of restoring the environment to its natural state. So it’s no surprise that he digs the challenge of rehabilitating historic buildings. Just like the historic buildings he advocates for, Todd is full of character that makes the community better.