HHA to look at 19th century construction

John Burnell, proprietor of Mason's Mark, a Kent-based firm engaged in the restoration and conservation of historic masonry, will talk about traditional methods and materials behind some of the Western Reserve's historic architecture when he speaks to members and guests of the Hudson Heritage Association Feb. 14. The 7:30 p.m. meeting is free and open to the public at Barlow Community Center. It will conclude with refreshments. For more information, call 330-342-7996.

Burnell will focus on the brick and stone masonry used throughout the region during the 19th century, discuss common construction methods used at that time, and explain the old-world origins of these materials spanning back several millennia. His talk will include details of the firm's recent work on Hudson's First Congregational Church, a building on the National Register of Historic Places that dates back to the Civil War.

Mason's Mark has completed work on museums, educational institutions and private residences throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition to the First Congregational Church, the firm has also done restoration work on the Cutler House at Western Reserve Academy. Along with his role at Mason's Mark, Burnell serves an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Historic Preservation at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike where he teaches Conservation Studio.