Cultural Preservation & Restoration, Inc. (CPR) specializes in a wide range of conservation and museum services including conservation surveys and assessments, conservation treatment, stabilization, reconstruction, object analysis, restoration, mount making, and exhibit design.
Our conservation projects include archaeological artifacts, objects, sculptures, paintings, ethnographic materials, historic Cemeteries, historic military collections, natural history and anatomical collections, paintings and textiles.
CPR is certified as a Category 1 and Category 4 Approved Small Business Enterprise by the New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission.
CPR supports and adheres to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). AIC is the national membership organization of conservation professional that advances the practice and promotes the importance of the preservation of cultural property. Our conservation professionals are all members of the AIC and our Principal Conservator has attained the distinction of Professional Associate within this organization.
Meet Gary McGowan, President and Principal Conservator of CPR
He has more than twenty years of conservation experience with a wide range of archaeological and art materials. His projects have included twelve prehistoric and historic sites in the New York area as well as sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
As conservator for the South Street Seaport Museum, Mr. McGowan Worked on virtually all the collections that were excavated in lower Manhattan in the 1970's and 1980's. As principal Conservator and Foley Square Laboratory Director at John Milner Associates, he developed, equipped and directed the Foley Square Laboratory and the conservation of the cultural materials recovered from the 18th century African Burial Ground and 19th century Five Points sites. Mr. McGowan recently conserved seven earthen sculpted faces from the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Syracuse, New York that was a documented stop on the Underground Railroad. This artwork is believed to have been created by runaway slaves fleeing to Canada. His most current projects include conservation of materials from the HMS DeBraak shipwreck, stabilization of several wet tissue collections, and the conservation of historic small arms for the US Army. Gary McGowan has performed conservation surveys, assessments and treatments on a variety of late 19th and 20th century sculptures including those of Marisol, O'Keefe, Moore, Siegel, Johnson and Mestrovitch. He also has extensive experience in museum exhibit design, having designed and prepared artifacts for many exhibits including the ongoing exhibit in the new Federal Courthouse at Foley Square, The Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Asia Society. Gary is President of the New York Regional Association of Conservation and has received the distinction of Professional Associate within the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). All of our conservators, analysts and exhibition professionals are highly qualified and skilled in their area of expertise.
Meet Mary Alice Landis, Vice President
She serves as Contracting Officer and Manager of Business Operations. As part of her position, she is responsible for human resource management, cost proposals, contract administration, budget management, and the development and maintenance of customized conservation databases.
Mary Alice holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Seton Hall University and has completed doctoral level courses at Nova Southeastern University.
Prior to CPR, Ms. Landis held several administrative positions, including Executive Director of Graduate & Professional Programs at the former College of Insurance (now part of St. John's University) and Asst. Professor/Computer Information Mgmt. Concentration Coordinator at Marymount Manhattan College. In these positions, she was responsible for the administration of both credit (degree granting) and non-credit training programs.
P.O. Box 617
Blairstown, NJ 07825
479 Rt. 46
Belvidere, NJ 07823