Talk on Home Preservation Slated

Lorna Kollmeyer, a master plaster caster, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette Street.

Her talk is sponsored by the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and is free for members; non-members are asked to pay $5.

According to AAPS, Kollmeyer has worked since 1984 restoring sculptural details in homes, hotels, and restaurants throughout the Bay Area.

“After a stint as a professional basketball player, Kollmeyer landed in San Francisco in 1984 and, with little experience in restoration work, bought out an ornamental plaster company owned by friends. In a fit of optimism, she submitted a bid to restore scores of Victorian plaster details for the restoration of the Majestic Hotel on Sutter Street,” the recent AAPS newsletter explains.

She has created more than 50 original ceiling medallions, each named after the street it came from.

At the AAPS meeting, Kollmeyer will focus crown moldings,with examples of many types found in local homes. She will also address problems faced when restoring decorative plaster.

Some of her items are found on her website, or in Berkeley at Ohmega Salvage, 2407 San Pablo Ave.

(Thanks to AAPS and Kollmeyer for the image.)

Janet Levaux