Widespread glaze failure was the primary damage of this 1920s-era facade, with the usual later repairs standing out to detract from the overall appearance of the building.
Old signage anchoring and supports were also present throughout the building's decorative elevations
In some cases previous removal of these anchors had been unsuccessfully executed, resulting in spall damage
By far the biggest category of damage was the failure of the original glaze, probably due to the marine environment and moisture migrating to the surface behind the glazed surface, causing it to spall and pop off the surface
This project was the devil to estimate, as the obvious glaze failures frequently ended up being 30%-75% greater than the initial visual survey's totals
By the time our preparation process (removal of all unsound glazed surface in the repair area) was completed, the repairs were substantially increased in scope and quantity.
By the Secretary's Standards, we have fulfilled the mandate to preserve all original fabric possible, but there was still not much original surface remaining in some areas
After preparation of repair areas, a very fine mortar was applied to coat each repair area of glaze loss, and the patch area sanded to yield a smooth surface
Here's a great shot of an area of glaze loss prior to surface prep.
Here's the same area after all unsound glaze material was removed in preparation for patching and repair
The same area marked with blue tape to keep track of patch areas, with surface patching mortar installed and finished, prior to application of final coating
A final shot showing the patched areas with the final coat of topical color applied, in multiple stages.
The following three images are combined before-and-after shots showing typical crack- and spall-repair and the final results when done
An area on the upper facade
A portion of the lower facade near the sidewalk, where the repair mortar was a harder epoxy-based material, to give greater impact resistance
A finish shot of the Gardner Building, starting it's next phase of life in beautiful downtown Ventura