Mark Thomann is uniquely qualified in the protection and re-creation of historic floors through the preservation of America’s architectural heritage. Mark’s passion is historical preservation; however, his business experiences have allowed him to become one of the flooring industry experts on the performance attributes of commercial flooring products.
We sat down with Mark Thomann to ask him a couple questions about Historic Preservation:
What was the most exciting Historic Preservation project that you have ever been a part of and why?
“A current project I am working on is the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn, NY. It’s very similar to a project that we are working on in New Orleans. With my personal historic archives, over 25,000 patterns, I found the original carpet for this historic theater.
“It’s fascinating what architects and designers did in the 20’s and 30’s and it’s so much fun to recreate those designs with the historically appropriate/accurate woven carpets at Bloomsburg Carpet. It makes Bloomsburg Carpet very unique in that sense. Bloomsburg Carpet really can replicate the original patterns. I think it’s even more important that when we look at these historic structures and get involved in the historic preservation of a courthouse, a state capitol building, or historic theatre that we recreate those historic patterns using American manufacturers. Sadly there are architects who do not know about the sum of historic preservation projects that Blooomsburg Carpet has completed. Unfortunately, many carpets for other historic preservation projects have recently been manufactured in China or India. That’s historically wrong and totally inappropriate for these magnificent structures. Considering many of these projects are funded with public money, using a foreign manufacturer to make a carpet that can be made in the United States is irresponsible. The preservation of America’s architectural history, should be done by an American woven carpet manufacturer and American textile workers.”
While a passionate student of American history, Mark champions the preservation of American architecture and focuses on those types of initiatives throughout the historic preservation community. Mark’s focus on historic floors has led to a very unique understanding of the historical significance of flooring products. Mark is involved on a national level in preservation initiatives for the flooring industry with the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well as the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, the League of Historic American Theatres, and recently with Partners for Sacred Places. Mark has been a certified instructor for the American Institute of Architects.
The Loew’s Kings Theater, originally opened in 1929, is to be renamed Kings Theatre. On August 31, 2012 The Loews Kings Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Many New Yorkers have been waiting for this historic preservation/rennovation. In April of 2011 Barbra Streisand posted: “I was happy to hear recently that the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will be undergoing renovations for a reopening in 2014. It was one of those beautiful old movie houses of the past. I was 13 years old when I first started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones.” The re-hab, estimated at $70 million dollars, started in 2010, and was originally slated to be completed in 2014. The project completion has now risen to costs over 90 million dollars and is slated to complete in 2015 according to a May 9 post by Brooklyn blogger The Brooklyn Vegan.
At Bloomsburg Carpet Industries, we are dedicated to producing highly styled carpets of superior quality. We are committed to the time-honored technique of carpet weaving and the beauty and excellence that this technique creates. We are passionate about the tradition of American manufacturing and are committed to keeping the long history of carpet weaving alive and thriving in the U.S.A. Finally, we stand behind the environmental responsibility of our products and will continue to design and produce with attention to sustainability.