In Memoriam

Andrew Powter

Andrew Powter (1946-2022)

Andrew Powter died on February 3, 2022.

Andrew lived his life to the fullest, never saying no to an adventure. He had a long and meaningful career as a Heritage Conservation Architect and leaves his mark on many International and Canadian Historic Sites. He dove into everything he became involved with, including World Heritage Sites (Vimy Ridge and Kizhi) and small local projects, always inspired by his strong feelings about Conservation Heritage, wood preservation, sustainability and historical integrity.

Andrew had many hobbies that he also immersed himself in. These included among others, cooking, water colours, playing the violin, model railroading, raising chickens, wooden boats, and old cars. He was an insatiable reader, the keeper of many trivia facts and was often seen driving his 1949 ½ ton Studebaker Truck.

Andrew lived and travelled all over the world including the Yukon to Newfoundland, Europe, Britain, Vietnam, Russia, Cuba, Papua New Guinea and hiking the Camino de Santiago. However, Andrew’s home in Hampton, Nova Scotia was where his heart was.


Andrew was one of those unforgettable members of the APT Board, wise and thoughtful at all times, with a quiet presence that would suddenly introduce an idea or comment that would raise the discussion to a new level. The concept of a large chapter linked electronically recognized the opportunities of new technology, foreseeing connections that have become commonplace and enabled our last two annual conferences. On a personal level Andrew was the ultimate team player, intellectually brilliant, accomplished in the international field, and modest in demeanor. We have lost a special friend.

David G Woodcock, FAIA, FSA, FAPT
Distinguished Professor ACSA
Professor Emeritus of Architecture
Director Emeritus, Center for Heritage Conservation
Texas A&M University

Dear APT College of Fellows,

Andrew was a fine fellow. I traveled with him in 1996? To Helsinki for UNESCO meetings regarding the magnificent log church on the island of Kizhi in Russia. We had both visited the site separately on ICOMOS missions. A few years later I invited Andrew and Ron Staley to Poland and Slovakia to work on the Greek Catholic log churches built by the Lemkos. Andrew was an important addition to the team as a wood and log expert. I have not seen him for years because he retired in the very real sense of the word. I have thought of him often and feature a picture of him using a Delmhorst moisture meter in Poland in my lectures. May he rest in Peace.

Stephen J Kelley, FAIA, SE, FAPT
Historic Preservation Specialist

Andrew Powter

Andrew Powter

Andrew was, and will ever remain, an unforgettable friend. I first met him on the APTI Log Conservation Workshop in 1996. His knowledge and skills were extraordinary, and no less so his willingness to share his time and expertise with others. He answered my request to help volunteers with restoration projects at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks twice and the attached photos, I think, recall both his wonderful teaching and his infectious intensity on the job. (One is Andrew helping my husband prepare log battens for a bark siding restoration at an APTNE volunteer weekend, and the other leading a volunteer group making Dutchman log repairs for the Playhouse porch). It was truly an honor and a joy knowing and working with Andrew.

Janet A. Null
Argus Architecture & Preservation, P.C.
297 River St., Suite 203
Troy, NY 12180


[click] Obituary (by family)

[click] Professional profile (text prepared for APT Legacy Committee in 2006)

[click] Audio, format .mp3 - Résumé professionnel préparé pour l'APT en 2006

[click] History, Deterioration, and Repair of Cement and Concrete in Nineteenth Century
Fortifications Constructed by the Royal Engineers
Author(s): Andrew Powter
Source: Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology , 1978, Vol. 10, No. 3,
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada (1978), pp. 59-77

[click] Lifting and Moving Wooden Buildings: A Low Tech Approach
Author(s): Andrew Powter and Giovanni Castellarin
Source: Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology , 1986, Vol. 18, No. 1/2,
Environment Canada: Parks (1986), pp. 86-93

[click] Integrating Environmental and Cultural Sustainability for Heritage Properties
Author(s): Andrew Powter and Susan Ross
Source: APT Bulletin, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Jan., 2005), pp. 5-11
Published by: Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)

[click] Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (Andrew was co-chair)
Author(s): Jill H. Gotthelf, Mark Thompson Brandt and Michael Patrick
Source: APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology , Vol. 49, No. 2-3,
SPECIAL ISSUE APT'S 50th ANNIVERSARY (2018), pp. 18-19
Published by: Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)

[click] RecorDIM Information Warehouse Task Group Proposal (Andrew was co-chair)



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Andrew Powter

Andrew's house in Hampton, NS

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Andrew Powter

Dawson City YK

Dawson City, Yukon

Dawson City

Dawson City, Yukon

Kizhi Russia

The architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost is located on a narrow spit in the southern part of Kizhi Island, a small island of the Kizhi Archipelago in Lake Onega. The architectural ensemble includes two 18th-century wooden churches: the Church of the Transfiguration and the Church of the Intercession and an octagonal wooden bell tower built in 1862 and considerably reconstructed in 1874.
The churches on Kizhi Island were mentioned for the first time in chronicles of the 16th century. They burned down after being struck by lightning in 1693 and the currently existing churches were built on the very site of the former ones.
The ensemble bears evidence of the highly developed carpentry skills of the Russian people. Nowadays it is the only ensemble with two multi-domed wooden churches preserved in Russia,

Andrew Powter

Andrew at Kizhi Church

vimy ridge monument

Canadian Geographic was there on July 26, 1936, when more than 6,000 pilgrims from across Canada, many of them veterans of the First World War, gathered with several thousand others in northern France for the dedication of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Under cloudy skies, King Edward VIII unveiled the 27-metre-high monument, which stands on 100 hectares of land given to Canada by France — a gift of gratitude for the Canadian force’s great sacrifices and its capture of Vimy Ridge from the Germans in April 1917.




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