Feast your eyes on this collection of architectural photographs taken by Hansel Hernandez. Hansel, who we met when he volunteered with Adventures in Preservation at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, spent a month in Portugal doing more volunteer conservation work.
He took a month’s vacation to do a professional internship in metal and wood conservation with Benfica, the most famous soccer team in Portugal.
His work focused on conservation of the team’s vast trophy collection, full of silver cups and wood pedestals in dire need of conservation. The work required skills he didn’t have in his repertoire as an architectural conservator, so he learned a lot. The private conservation firm from Lisbon that was behind the project has since asked him to help launch their architectural conservation department.
Hansel is off to Portugal this winter, once again proving that a volunteer vacation can be a life-changing experience!