Who We Are

IRVING SLAVID
Partner, President & Senior Conservator

Irving studied structural engineering and architecture at Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural Center. For 30 years, he was a conservator of ceramics, and glass, serving private collectors, dealers and museums. Working full time in historic cemeteries since 1995, he is recognized as an authoritative specialist in the restoration of New England’s historic brownstone, marble, and slate grave markers. Irving is a Professional Associate of AIC.

Irving helped design the first cemetery training workshop for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service) in 2002, and has continued to be an instructor for this NCPTT seminar. He has personally conserved over 1000 New England gravemarkers and now divides his time between Monument Conservation Collaborative and MCC Materials, Inc., where he directs laboratory operations.


MARTIN JOHNSON
Partner, Vice President & Conservator

Martin has a BA in geography, thereby bringing a practical knowledge of soils, ground water, and mapping to the MCC team. Since 2004, Martin has gained hands-on experience in all aspects of monument conservation, having worked at more than thirty-five sites throughout New England, New York, Kentucky, Florida as well as in American Samoa. As project manager, he organizes the sequencing of the restoration as well as preservation. On site, he oversees and is directly involved in cleaning, resetting, adhesion, patching and chemical consolidation. He has been an instructor at the NCPTT cemetery training workshops and is a member of AIC. He has gained extensive knowledge and skills in working with local, state and national government agencies, while serving as the chairman of the Inlands Wetlands Commission of Norfolk CT for more than 10 years.


KARL MUNSON
Stone mason Consultant

Karl has 16 years of experience as a stonemason specializing in preservation, restoration and reproduction work.

Karl has been with MCC for 6 years and continues to be an instructor at the NCPTT training workshops.

He now consults with MCC on larger monuments and structures.


NORMAN R. WEISS
Preservation Scientist Consultant

Norman is a Research Scholar and Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he has taught since 1977. Trained as an analytical chemist, he is an internationally known specialist in the analysis and preservation of traditional construction materials. His most current research is in the study of lime-based mortars and paints, and the consolidation of limestone and marble.

Norman has been an active practitioner in the field of graveyard conservation for more than 30 years, and is a Life Member and Fellow of APT (the Association for Preservation Technology). He is a consultant editor of the UK -based Journal of Architectural Conservation, and member of the National Park Service’s Preservation Technology Board.


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CHRISTINE S. DJURIC
Conservator and Consultant

Christine is the Manager of Monuments Conservation for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is responsible for over 1,200 monuments & 300 major public sculptures in New York City. Chris has a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation from Columbia University.

Apart from her masonry restoration knowledge, Djuric brings to MCC an extensive experience in all components of metals restoration and applications of artistic patinas, barrier coatings, corrosion conversion treatments along with welding knowledge of all ferrous and non-ferrous alloys; silver and lead soldering.

Her recent projects have included the ongoing monitoring and stabilization of marble components, of the Washington Square Arch, and the Column of Jerash, a 30 foot high marble column.


ALLISON BLAKE SCHOFIELD
Artist, Stone carver and Conservator

While working as a painted surface conservator, Allison discovered stone carving in 2005. Immediately drawn to the laborious, painstaking and careful process of bringing words and images to slate, Allison adopted carving as her primary media. She is one of only about a dozen artists in America still practicing this ancient art of carving letters by hand. Allison has worked as a gravestone conservator for MCC since 2006. She best describes her work …”as a conservator I also have a kind of motherly relationship to the stones, where I pull them up out of the ground, prop them back up, wipe off their faces and send them on their way to hopefully last another 200 years.”