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                 Natural Stone Institute Member Company
Dee Brown, Inc Richardson, Texas Stone Installer
Other Project Team Members
do+ba Architecture
Cadwallader Design
Interior Design
3D Stone Inc. The Stone Collection Stone Suppliers
Indiana limestone Semi-Precious white onyx
Judges Comments:
This understated, modern house celebrates lime- stone. Core interior walls, clad with Indiana limestone panels, align seamlessly with exterior walls – creating a dynamic relationship between outdoor and indoor spaces. Tightly spaced, continuous horizontal panel grooves accentuate the illusion of alignment with ex- terior masonry, while enhancing the spacious feel of the open floor plan. Jurors marveled at the precision of the stone fabrication and installation.
Residential – Single Family
Private Residence
Highland Park, Texas
Natural Stone Institute Member Company
Bybee Stone Company Ellettsville, Indiana Stone Supplier/Fabricator
Other Project Team Members
Duncan G. Stroik Architect
Stone Consulting
di Roberto Pagliari & Co Stone Supplier/Fabricator
Aisoni & Co.
Stone Installer
Indiana limestone Botticino Classico marble Giallo Reale marble Bianco Lasa marble Lapis Lazuli
    Saint Catherine of Siena is a simple 1958 Gothic church.
The parish sought to add a sense of magnificence to their country church. Drawing upon the exist- ing geometry of the sanc- tuary triumphal arch, the new limestone and marble retablo became the largest limestone retablo in the United States in 60 years.
The new retablo and side shrines comprise seventeen tons of carved Indiana lime- stone. Four 12 foot-six inch tall composite columns sur- round a diamond-matched Giallo Reale marble niche and crucifix. The cornice and columns further sup- port an upper stone pedi- ment and volutes. Directly in front of the retablo is a hidden limestone stair that provides access to the candelabra.
A new freestanding altar in Botticino Classico and Giallo Reale marble con- nects visually to the reta- blo. It contains a marble reliquary chamber for the display of sacred relics be- hind a bronze grille. The richness and beauty of the Bianco Lasa marble tab- ernacle with Lapis Lazuli pilasters is a gem. The pre- cious Lapis Lazuli carries
Judges Comments:
 evident to the architect and owner that grooves in the fabricated material were not consistent, and that the installation process had left numerous chips to the panels. It was at this point that the partially completed work was removed, and the second fabricator/installer was contacted.
Dee Brown, Inc. ordered the Indiana limestones slabs. There, special care was taken to hold tight tol- erances to the horizontal grooves as well as to the typical cut-to-size aspects. Erection of these mechan- ically set panels was done very carefully. The result was a clean finished prod- uct with none of the toler- ance and chipping issues of the original installation.
Dee Brown, Inc also created and installed spe- cial stone finishes at the adjacent half-bath. Semi- precious white onyx was transformed into a lava- tory top/bowl assembly, water-closet wall cladding, and even tissue and towel holders.
A handsome renewal. The stonework is subtle, yet tasteful and impressive in its detailing. Managing the new stone load in the existing foundation was a feat in itself. This kind of elaborate use of stone today is awe-inspiring and exhibited appropriately through quality workmanship.
Saint Catherine of Siena Sanctuary Alteration
Trumbull, Connecticut
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his private residence involved construc- tion of a modern
architectural style estate property in Highland Park, Texas. Dee Brown, Inc’s role came into play late in the project, when correc- tions were needed to some specialty stonework.
The home’s center is formed around the main entry. The floor plan is largely open, but parallel
core wall areas serve to define the foyer, kitchen, dining, and living areas. As key areas, the architect put special focus on mate- rials selection for the core walls. It was decided that Indiana limestone would be the finish, and that the clad- ding panels would all have unique continuous horizon- tal grooves.
Material was received and installed by the original subcontractor. Upon seeing the completed work, it was
such a high cost that the tabernacle pilaster shafts, and Doric regula and guttae details on the tabernacle are made out of 1/16˝ veneer. A cylindrical marble ambo and a limestone altar rail complete the renovation.
One major challenge was how to support this new weight of seventeen tons in a 1950s church sanctuary that has a full basement. The answer was to have the stone load transfer directly downward into new steel columns and reinforced
footings. Transporting large and heavy stone pieces into the church also involved special shoring in the base- ment and creative scaffold- ing within the confines of the church sanctuary. Due to the size and shape of the arched pediment pieces, specialty anchors and pin- ning were implemented so that loads would transfer correctly into the columns below without causing any overturning from the ex- isting rear sanctuary CMU wall.
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