Who is the Queen's Quiet Mason?
In 1290, upon the death of Queen Eleanor, Edward 1st tasked the Kings Masons to create 12 crosses to stand in honor of her life. Simeon A. Warren has committed to quietly recreate the Queen Eleanor Crosses within his lifetime.
The “Queens Quiet Mason” moniker symbolizes this long term commitment of time, passion and act of creation in this endeavor to recreate the Eleanor Crosses.
Simeon A. Warren or THE SAW
Having reached the pinnacle of his career in England, by working stones for Buckingham Palace, Simeon Warren, came to America and developed a new education system to train craftspeople in traditional and contemporary building practice. The objective to revitalize the skills necessary to develop a sustainable future for our built environment.
Beginnings. Born in Oldham, Lancashire he lived in a small village, Greenfield, on the Lancashire/Yorkshire boarder until the age of six when his family started to move every three years until he arrived in Charleston South Carolina USA.
Simeon A. Warren
Is a cathedral trained mason, stone carver and conservator who has worked in the field professionally since 1989. Alongside which he trained as Environmental Artist @ Glasgow School of Art and has begun to combine his craft and public art practice in the Stone People Project.
By working, teaching & promoting stones importance as an important medium and a sustainable material Simeon hopes to enhance our understanding of the craft historically and showcase how it can be utilized today.
Director @ S.A. Warren & Daughters
His company, S.A.Warren & Daughters, is a traditional stone carving, sculpture and conservation specialist generally working in the Charleston, South Carolina region. Specializing in Limestone but with the skills necessary to work in many materials including slate and marble. Trained as an architectural stone carver at Weymouth College Simeon completed his training under an apprenticeship at Lincoln Cathedral. He moved on to work at Wells Cathedral Stonemasons attaining the position of deputy yard foreman before continuing his work in Charleston SC having emigrated in 2001. His work includes stonework for Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster and The City of Charleston with a specialism in contemporary Fireplace design and conservation work.
Artistic Director @ Stone People Project.
The Stone People Project is Simeon’s long term research project based on finding the names of the master masons who built the English Medieval Cathedrals particularly Lincoln Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, via a link between the Eleanor Crosses and the Angel Choir. This project will present ideas based on known information on medieval theology, mathematics, geometry and sculptural practice to represent and showcase the work of these masons and contemporary practitioners of stone carving and conservation. The Stone People will eventually become a multi-site collaborative public art project utilizing English historic sites, events and sculpture practice.
Dean Emeritus @ American College of the Building Arts.
Simeon A. Warren built the Academic Program @ ACBA this foundation vision is still in place at the college. ACBA is college built by craftspeople for craftspeople, with a mission to train craftspeople in traditional and contemporary Building Arts practice and is the leading Academic institute focused on training the next generation of master crafts people for a sustainable future for the built environment.
Having moved to Charleston SC he was the founding faculty member at the School of Building Arts, which was the former organization succeed in 2004 by The American College of Building Arts. In 2004/05 Simeon delivered the College’s Initial License & Teaching License to the local Commission on Higher Education, hiring the colleges faculty and overseeing the accreditation process. He attained the position of Dean in 2006. In 2010 he made the decision to move way from administration becoming Dean Emeritus in 2013 to concentrate teaching.
Major Awards and Associations
2016 recognized in Charleston South Carolina by Historic Charleston Foundation with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award for his Distinguished Individual work in Architectural Stone Carving.
2012 he was also awarded the Askins Achievement Award by The Preservation Trade Network for his work in Educating Craftspeople and Promoting Craftsmanship.
2013 honored Dean Emeritus for his foundation in creating and leading the American College of the Building Arts
He has taught at American College of the Building Arts, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Bryn Athyn College and Florida University Preservation in Nantucket Program.
Stone Carvers Guild Profession Member 2014 - present
Stone Foundation Member - Present
Association Preservation Technology Former Board Member 2006-2012
Preservation Trade Network Former Vice President and Board member 2005-2012
Chair of the Askins Achievement Award PTN committee Present.
Generally. He dreams of the cathedrals and family in the old country and shouts COME ON ENGLAND! really loudly when he watches the England football team in some hope of a miracle's. 2018 world cup was a catharsis for years of repressed dreams and desires. YES.
That which we create by our hands will last...
...beyond our words