2012 ANNUAL REPORT ACBAâ€™s curriculum, together with its mature and dedicated students, appears to be its greatest strength. Integration across courses, skill of faculty as teachers and artisans, and the intimate teaching and learning environment together provide a powerful learning experience. - National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends: In 2001 a meeting took place at the home of Master Blacksmith Philip Simmons. There, preservationists, educators, and concerned citizens came together, determined to ensure the survival of the building arts by creating a new institution dedicated to educating artisans. Out of that meeting, The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) was born. Licensed in 2004, ACBA is the only college in the nation dedicated to preserving six classic craft specializations – timber framing, carpentry, ironwork, stone carving, masonry and plaster. As we fulfill our mission of providing the most unique liberal arts education in the country and encouraging the preservation and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage, the success of ACBA continues. Four classes of educated artisans have graduated, and, this fall, the College welcomed the Class of 2016 — 23 freshmen from across the country, one of our largest incoming class to date. ACBA was one of the host sites for the APT/PTN Conference in October, welcoming the nation’s most preeminent preservationists to Charleston, SC. And the College continues to spread the word nationally and internationally about the importance of high quality, classic construction. Described by Mayor Joseph P. Riley as ―Charleston’s gift to America,‖ and by Southern Living magazine as a ―Hero of the New South,‖ ACBA is truly a national institution, with graduates working in preservation and sustainable building across the country. We are pleased to present our annual report for our 2012 fiscal year. To the entire ACBA community, thank you for all you have done to make the College what it is today. Sincerely,
LTG (R) Colby M. Broadwater, III President
Architectural Stone: Artisans learn traditional methods of carving and cutting as well as modern techniques of conservation and repair. Carpentry: Artisans may specialize in any number of areas including structural framing, finish trim work, fine joinery, cabinetry, and wood decoration in many forms. Forged Architectural Ironwork: The contemporary artisans are manipulators of shape and form, able to forge, join, and weld material to create unique objects of utility and beauty. Plaster Working: At its core, plaster working appears to be a simple trade, but, when one sees a true master, it is revealed as an absolute art form, using a limited palette of tools to create textural surfaces and ornamental detail. Preservation Masonry: Masonry is literally the Fndnof the building arts. This is a very diverse trade, which includes the use of stone, brick, concrete and cement block. Timber Framing: The artisans who work with large timbers use great effort and skill to
MISSION AND VISION OF ACBA The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.
ACBA was designed to address the need for skilled artisans trained in traditional building methods. Our students are trained in one of six craft specializations: architectural stonework, carpentry, forged architectural ironwork, preservation masonry, plaster working, and timber framing.
In order to fulfill its unique mission, ACBA has the following goals: To achieve national status as an institution integral to preservation and sustainable building practices. To serve, both nationally and internationally, as skilled stewards of historic buildings through well executed traditional building practices appropriate to each structure and the environment. To offer a comprehensive educational program that embodies the apprenticeship model while also providing a quality academic education. To effectively increase the quality and number of master craft specialists throughout the United States in the major building trades. To elevate the position of skilled artisans trained in the building arts in the United States, reawakening respect for work that has been greatly devalued in recent times. ACBA is in the unique position of producing students fluent in the building arts who are able to communicate effectively with historians, architects, and engineers. Their skill sets will ensure the integrity of the built environment in cities across the country and around the world far into the future. The time-tested building methods taught at ACBA lead to solid structures that can better withstand natural disasters and sustained environmental pressures. ACBA graduated its fourth class in May 2012 and is currently in its ninth year of operation. Most recently, ACBA’s administration, staff, and faculty have been working toward accreditation status for the college— a process that typically takes up to a decade. The hard work of ACBA’s dedicated team shows in the positive feedback received from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation team after an October 2011 site visit. ACBA looks forward to full accreditation by NASAD as early as the spring of 2014.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pierre Manigault, Chair, President of Evening Post Community Publications Group (Charleston, SC), John Howard Williams, Vice Chair/Interim Secretary, Business Development and Marketing Consultant Kenneth Canty, Chair of Academic and Student Affairs, President & CEO, Freeland Construction , Inc. John LaVerne, Chair of Facilities, Owner, Bulldog Tours Margaret Hawk O’Brien, Secretary/Chair of Finance Mary Scott Guest Johanna Martin-Carrington, Executive Director, Jenkins Institute for Children Armstead Bert Pruitt, Jr., MD Stephen “Steve” Ziff, founder and chairman of Ziff Properties, Inc. (ZPI )
ADVISORY BOARD Richard Almeida
Bernard P. Franceschi
ADMINISTRATION Lt. General (Ret.) Colby M. Broadwater III, President Simeon Warren, Dean of the College, Professor of Architectural Stone Carving James M. Waddell, Vice President of Operations and Finance Kerri Forrest, Director of Institutional Advancement Ginna Waddell, Director of Finance Margaret Lucas Dieter Adams, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
MONEY MATTERS The Collegeâ€™s fiscal year begins August 1 and ends July 31. The current administration has corrected past years of cost overruns, balancing the operating budget for two consecutive years beginning in FY 2011. $3,000,000.00
The American College of the Building Arts is fortunate to receive support from a number of individuals, donors, private foundations and the business community. Contributions received fund student scholarships and trade programs and offset operational costs.
Cash support in 2012:
In-Kind Support in 2012
FOUNDATION SUPPORT 2009
Revenue $1,475,061 $1,888,909 $1,613,316 $2,467,945
Camp Younts Foundation
Expenses $2,699,142 $1,970,823 $1,653,696 $1,944,019
Charles W. and Eliz. H. Coker Fndn. City of Charleston
The administration has also maintained private contribution levels and increased tuition collection to rates that match or exceed the average in higher education.
David W. & Susan G. Robinson Fndn. Elisha-Bolton Fndn Frenzel FndnTrust Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Fndn. Colonial Artisans & Tradesmen Guild H. Webster Walker II Charitable Trust Historic Aiken Foundation Lucille S. Thompson Foundation McJ Family Charitable Lead Trust Michael C. Flynn Trust Peters Paint & Wallcovering, Inc. Piney Land Company Post & Courier Fndn Rachel C. Conway Charitable Fndn. Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation Ruth Camp Campbell Fndn Saul Alexander Fndn The Barker Welfare Fndn
More than 70% of contributions are applied directly to the Collegeâ€™s programs and services.
Washington Light Infantry Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Foundation William & Mary Greve Foundation
THANK YOU TO OUR FY 2012 SUPPORTERS Beloco Foundation Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Fndn Ben M. Gramling Washington Light Infantry Walter D. Carr $50,000 and over Margaret DeCosta Mr. Dennis Drew Huss, Inc. Mrs. Anita Zucker Will McSwain John Liberatos $25,000 and over Scott Hayes Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Cole Rhett Workman Mr. Tommy Baker Monica Seeger William & Mary Greve Fndn Katrina Becker Rachel Conway Charitable Founda$10,000 and over tion HP Good 360 Harry Webster Walker II Charitable Trust James F. M. Williams Interior Woodworking Bulldog Tours, LLC Newport Shipyard Co. LLC Dr. and Mrs. Armstead B. Pruitt Southern Utility Supply Mr. Pierre Manigault Leslie Turner Mr. Stephen Ziff Mr. and Mrs. David McLane Mr. and Mrs. James M. Waddell Lucille S. Thompson Family Founda- Lindsay Nevin tion David W. & Susan G. Robinson Fndn Post and Courier Foundation Daniel L. Hertz Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Freeland Construction Mr. Benjamin Bishop Historic Aiken Fndn Mr. and Mrs. James Coker Julia Santen The Barker Welfare Fndn $5,000 and over Richard Almeida Camp Younts Fndn Bank of South Carolina Ziff Properties McRae C. Banks Ooh! Events Jana DiResta Indigo Road Elisha-Bolton Foundation The Reynolds Group Kristin W. Fine Le Creuset of America Florence B. Fowlkes Cathy C. Adams Frenzel FndnTrust Bozelli Heating and Air Lou Hammond Charles and Elizabeth Coker Fndn Mr. and Mrs. Ozey Horton Dr. and Mrs. Charles Patrick McJ Family Charitable Trust Ruth Camp Campbell Fndn Piney Land Company Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation, Inc. $1,000 and over Saul Alexander Foundation Guild of Colonial Artisans Seals Eastern, Inc. Johanna Martin Carrington Sandra Deering John M. Dunnan Jill Hooper Frank Tribble Maurice Thompson Mr. John Feldman Production Design Associates Eco Electric Icebox LeeAnn Berlinsky Jack’s Cosmic Dogs Trenholm Walker $100,000 and over Mr. and Mrs. Dennis O’Brien Mr. Richard O. Byrne
Ole Charleston Forge 44 North Charleston Art Mag Muse Restaurant Heritage Wine Merchants Patat Spot Whirlybird Solutions Golf Cars of Charleston Other Donors Flyway Event DRS Croghan’s Jewel Box Stems Sugar TCC of South Carolina Kea Gordon Jeremy Skotko Anna Wilson Dr. Nancy Stroud Mr. and Mrs. David DeDonato Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Jimenez Richard Webel Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fiederowicz Anderson Insurance Associates Elizabeth Belcher Mr. and Mrs. Baker Bishop Carolina Timberworks LLC David Drysdale Michael Flynn Glenn Keyes Architects Richard M. Lilly Michael C. Flynn Trust Payne W. Middleton Preservation Society of Charleston William F. Proctor Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Rash Eugene Wambold Dr. and Mrs. Scott Woodfield Amanda Salmonsen Janet Hopkins City of Charleston Susan Ford Patrick Guglielmo Tim Hughes Jeffrey Baumann Helaine Uliano J. Scott Crissman Elizabeth Fuller The Hidden Countship
THANK YOU TO OUR FY 2012 SUPPORTERS (CONTINUED) LTG (R) and Mrs. Colby Broadwater Col. and Mrs. Thomas Lytle William Bates Georgia Bell Virginia Butters Clark-Glidewell Architect, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Murray Compton Jane P. deButts Kennedy Design Studio Julien Legeard T.C. Lupton Mary Pardy Peters Paint & Wallcovering, Inc. Robert M. Steinberg Robert Turkewitz Doreen Yankou Lorrie Dixson Paul Alongi Sol Blatt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cox Michael Doniger Bernard Franceschi Andrew Gould Beth Greenfield Stephen Hanson Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Ina Marx Lyric Ogden Alexander Reese Arthur Sarnoff Alberta Savonuzzi FKN Stanley Eddie Taylor Rosie Such Tyler Bickerstaff Rebecca Darwin Jonathan Dieter Justin Thomas South Carolina Bankruptcy Court John E. Maybank Lenora Kessler Nancy Moore Kerri Forrest Susan Jacoby Nikendra Prude Mirella Abbo Carrie Agnew Benjamin Broadwater Buck Lumber Mikell Carroll
Jane Catoe Andrea Cooper Charles Corley George Dickinson Richard Donohoe Sallie Duell Jim Dyke Haskell Ellison J.H. Fair Sen. Herbert U. Fielding Frances Geer Paul Hadley Antoinette W. Hamner Howard Hildreth Allen W. Hitchcock F.J. Hodges Hughes Lumber & Rental Marilyn W. Johnson Henry B. Keese Anne W. LeClerq J.S. Stuart McDaniel Cynthia Mead Sara H. Michelin Kelli Morehead Wayne Mulligan Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. Carl N. Raether Robert M. Reilly Henry Siegling Robert Simons Robert C. Thomas Rhett S. Thurman Shelia Wertimer David A. Williams Harriett P. Williams W.S. Witte Kimberly Bridges Sharon C. Carter Bowens Island Restaurant Kevin J. Ritter Glo Office Deli P.S. Dopp James H. Klein Tracy Norris Gerald E. Reddick Margaret White Terry Fox Affirmation LLC Norman N. McDonald
Howard L. Mosbacher Carl Voelker Susan Bass Claire Berlinsky Susu Ravenel Dorothy Anderson Florance Anderson Henry Anderson Joan R. Benson John Boyce James Bradin Edmund F. Brown Mary B. Decker Sandra E. Deering Bertram C. Finch Robert Glaser Philip J. Harvey Heritage Restoration George L. Jenkins Martin Kleinrock Mack Lassiter William G. Monroe W.F. Pennebaker Laura Pichon Charlotte D. Smith Carl J. Stensel Thomas E. Thornhill Carlin M. Timmons Stanley M. Wilson John D. Herzog Gary L. Hutchison Louise R. Ravenel Donald Backer Adam Barwick Laura Caffrey Myrtle Ann B. Dennis Robert Ellis M.S. Grant Edith Harmon Mitzi H. Legerton William H. Masche Catherine Payne-Podsadowski Margaret M. Peery Gordon Schreck Betty K. Shoe Maxwell R. Mowry Beverly Johnson Joseph L. Johnson
EDUCATING ARTISANS: FY 2012 HIGHLIGHTS niture maker Thomas Johnson and the modates 25 students and includes blacksmiths of Meeting Street Iron- newly built office space for the Archiworks also performed demonstrations tecture and Design professors. throughout the day.
“Hero of the New South” Southern Living magazine named the American College of the Building Arts the first recipient of the ―Heroes of the New South‖ award in the category of Architecture. The awards recognize individuals and institutions in the forefront of a renaissance in southern culture, arts and cuisine. In recognizing ACBA, Heroes juror Jim Strickland said, ―In a time when we are returning to the values of craftsmanship, this college is leading the way. Their graduates are continuing crafts that we once feared would be lost.‖ Mary Scott Guest Lecture Series ACBA launched the Mary Scott Guest lecture series in November of 2011. Named after one of the college’s most esteemed and supportive board members, this lecture series offers an opportunity to bring students and the public together with noted experts in fields related to the building arts. Through public outreach programs, ACBA hopes to educate an audience outside of their immediate academic environment and foster a greater appreciation of the building arts. Masters of the Building Arts Festival ACBA assembled some of the nation’s finest artisans for the MBA festival on March 24, 2012. Lectures were offered on various aspects of historic preservation and construction including presentations by plasterer and engineer Patrick Webb, representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, and gilder Smith Coleman. Local decorative wood carver Mary May, glassblower Malcolm Knight, fine fur-
Fourth Commencement Exercises ACBA conferred degrees on seven graduates on Saturday, May 5. Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science in the Building Arts were conferred upon Emily Fairchild Gillett; Valedictorian Aislinn Baycroft Lewis (cum laude); Mackenzie L. Martin; Peter Stewart McGinnis and Edward Anthony Stroud. James W. Breazeale and John The Byrne-Diderot Library Emory Holler, III, received Associate Richard O. Byrne of Staunton, Virginia, Degrees. donated more than 4,000 books and periodicals related to the building and decorative arts to the College. This is one of the most extensive collections in the country covering a wide range of topics and including rare books from the 1700’s and 1800’s. ACBA also received a donation of HP computers to supplement student resources and the new Byrne-Diderot Library & Computer Lab was dedicated in May. The Red Party Charleston-based interior designer Cortney Bishop transformed the historic grounds of the Old City Jail to create a vintage circus extravaganza on Thursday, October 27. Over 600 people attended the event, the largest thus far.
Nancy Hawk Lecture Hall In addition to the library expansion, a new lecture and event space was created on the third floor. Dedicated to Nancy D. Hawk, one of the College’s founders and a noted preservationist and educator in Charleston, the hall provides additional class space and meeting room for the College as well as the community.
Ceiling Installation in Downtown Charleston Home Ben Smiley and Emily Gillett, senior plaster students, demonstrated their talents on a complicated plasterwork project for a private home in Charleston. The students executed every step of designing, creating, and installing a detailed medallion based on elements Drawing & Drafting Studio found in a historic drawing of the 1842 To accommodate the increasing class ceiling in the Great Hall at Drayton size, the drawing and drafting studio Hall. was relocated to the large third floor west cell block. The room now accom- Winthrop Park Project The ACBA Carpentry program built a play house, benches and swing set as part of a park restoration project in Giffords, SC. The project was commissioned by John Winthrop of Charleston, SC, who has undertaken the effort of providing public parks in economically depressed areas with playground equipment.