Founded in an inquisitive mind, Richard O. Byrne has spent the past 40 years working on the restoration
of historic structures and their furnishing. He received his BSc degree from the University of Wisconsin
and additional training in the architectural conservation program at ICCROM [International Centre for
the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property] in Rome, Italy.
WHO WE ARE....
Mr. Byrne has worked as a decorative arts conservator for the Canadian Conservation Institute [CCI], as Chief of Architectural and Decorative Arts Conservation for Parks Canada, and he has written and lectured extensively for the Heritage Canada Foundation and other preservation institutions, universities, and publishers. Presently he lectures, writes, supervises and consults on heritage building conservation and restoration. He was selected as an Architectural Assessor for the Conservation Assessment Program with Heritage Preservation, Washington, D.C. He wrote part of Caring for Your Historic House for Henry N. Abrams, Inc. and the US Park Service. He also restores antique furniture and other decorative arts artifacts in his workshop. Early in his career he was with the R&D labs of NSA and has extensive training and experience in the design, manufacture and use of scientific equipment.
Over the past 40 years his projects have included the fortifications throughout Quebec, Hudson Bay fortifications, Dawson City's gold mining structures, the Iolani Palace in Hawaii, and various 18th and 19th century structures throughout the United States and Canada from prime ministers' homes to log structures. His work for Parks Canada and CCI required the frequent review of heritage collections and related museum policies across Canada at both the federal and provincial levels.
Byrne has mastered most of the building trades working hands-on on restoration sites - large and small - and has an extensive collection of historic and contemporary tools that he uses in his work. He also has a library of over 4,000 volumes in several languages and thousands of files on a wide range of architectural, decorative arts, history of technology and conservation related topics. He is able to reference his work in a worldwide network to colleagues in the exchange of ideas, material sources, and experiences.
Richard Byrne brings a wide range of professional training and experience... but more importantly his is a hands-on understanding of his life long profession. His greatest asset is his common sense approach to the fitting of complex concepts together, like his dovetail logo, to give advice and training suitable to the needs and abilities of each client be it homeowner, craftsperson, architectural firm or governmental or non-profit agency.
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