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Martin Honored for Chimney Work

Southwest Georgia Chimney Specialist Phillip Martin of Homestead Chimney Service, Cairo was presented a prestigious award by The Florida Heritage Foundation and the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation.  He was selected by the 2008 jury of the organization for Outstanding Achievement concerning Excellence in Craftsmanship for Chimney Restoration in the Myers Park Historic District in Tallahassee.

The chimney was in a 1926 vernacular frame home.  It was without a flue liner or damper and had interior masonry deterioration in the flue, smoke chamber, and firebox.  Corrective procedures to revitalize the unit for use included: Gothic arch dismantle & reconstruction, implementation of an insulated 316 stainless steel flue liner system, re-structure, and creation of an aerodynamic insulated smoke chamber, design & fabrication of a crumb tray styled damper, re-build of the firebox and inner hearth.  All was done without deviation to period architecture or visibility.

Phillip Martin is the owner of Homestead Chimney Service of Cairo and has been a chimney professional since 1981.  He holds certifications by both Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Fireplace Institute and is a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild.  He has also trained with U.S. Heritage Inc. of Chicago in historic masonry restoration.

The award ceremony took place Thursday evening May, 8 in the James Gray building auditorium in Tallahassee. Mr. Martin was joined by several other award recipients for their contributions in preservation and restoration of properties and structures.  Key-note speaker of the program was State of Florida Secretary of State Mr. Kurt Browning.  He emphasized the importance of preservation for both posterity and conservation of natural resources.

“In today’s stretched budgets and environmental concerns, it is paramount to restore, preserve, and utilize our existing structures wisely”.


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