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Masonry Cleaning, Water Only

Masonry Cleaning, Water Only

Various Cities and Counties,
California, USA

  Here, we are cleaning some brick at the Presidio in San Francisco using a garden hose. No chemicals, no pressure, only water. Moderately pressurized water applied to the surface effectively removes instances of atmospheric carbon and soiling. In this case, it may have...

Masonry Cleaning With Chemicals

Masonry Cleaning With Chemicals

Various Cities and Counties,
California, USA

Chemical cleaning of masonry surfaces is probably the most common method used for removing dirt, soiling, and old coatings from historic masonry surfaces. It is uually cost-effective and offers the most consistent results for the most common types of cleaning.  Alkaline cleaning products are usually effective in breaking down organic...

Masonry Cleaning With Abrasives

Masonry Cleaning With Abrasives

Various Cities and Counties,
California, USA

Abrasive cleaning is a generic term for abrasive media forced against the masonry surface in order to mechanically remove the soiling agent or coating. A much-abused method for the last hundred years, it has been unfairly tarred with the brush of "inappropriate" and "harsh" when in truth it was simply...

Brick Repointing for Boyle Hotel

Brick Repointing for Boyle Hotel

Los Angeles,
California, USA

The Boyle Hotel was one of the early Five-Star Residence Hotels of Los Angeles. Since then, it had undergone extensive deterioration of the brick veneer and shell, as well as wood and other media. This project involved extensive brick repointing, repair, resurfacing, and cleaning. After cleaning bricks not coated with...

Brick Repair for El Segundo High School

Brick Repair for El Segundo High School

El Segundo, Los Angeles,
California, USA

The brick and cast stone facade had suffered from long-term exposure to salt-laden air, with rusting and deterioration of internal steel components, causing damage to the masonry facade. Thus, this was not just a simple brick repair project, as it also required rusted steel restoration. Preparation of these damaged areas included the...

Brick Veneer Repair for Rachlin Building

Brick Veneer Repair for Rachlin Building

Los Angeles,
California, USA

This former manufacturing facility was converted to an architectural studio and the project entailed a complete rehabilitation of the brick surfaces during this adaptive use project. We performed both brick veneer repair and removal work, as the project called for new openings in the veneer. These openings were cut and removed...

Glazed Brick Veneer Replacement

Glazed Brick Veneer Replacement

Venice Beach, Los Angeles,
California, USA

A portion of glazed brick veneer on a building facing the ocean in Southern California had failed catastrophically, due to inner mild steel failure of the structural elements. Exposure to the salt-laden air of this marine-adjacent location mandated a complete removal and later installation of new brick after addressing the...

Concrete Repair for AMDA (Vine Tower)

Concrete Repair for AMDA (Vine Tower)

Hollywood, Los Angeles,
California, USA

The former Vine Tower Building is now the West Coast headquarters of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. It was constructed in the 20s, using materials and techniques common for this period. We restored and preserved the board formed cast-in-place concrete veneer using specialty repair mortars.  Wikipedia...

Concrete Restoration for Oaklawn Bridge

Concrete Restoration for Oaklawn Bridge

South Pasadena, Los Angeles,
California, USA

South Pasadena's Oaklawn bridge is the first cast-in-place concrete bridge built west of the Mississippi River and the second oldest such structure in the US, as well as the only bridge ever designed by the renowned architects Greene + Greene. Inexperience in using the relatively new technique of cast-in-place concrete...

Concrete Veneer Repairs for 1932 Olympic Swim Stadium

Concrete Veneer Repairs for 1932 Olympic Swim Stadium

Los Angeles,
California, USA

The board-formed concrete facade of the decorative facade had deteriorated significantly and needed cleaning, patching, and new surface treatments to preserve and restore the surface to its former Deco glory. After each area of spalling was cut and the damaged concrete removed, the steel rebar was wire-brushed or sandblasted, and...

Concrete Restoration and Stabilization for Cabrillo Bridge

Concrete Restoration and Stabilization for Cabrillo Bridge

San Diego, San Diego County,
California, USA

The Cabrillo Bridge was constructed for the 1915 California Exhibition and had the usual issues with rusting and decay of internal steel reinforcing bars. This concrete bridge restoration and stabilization job became urgent, as chunks of concrete began falling on the Cabrillo Freeway below. We removed the loose concrete around the...

Ceramic Tile Repair and Reinstallation for Granizo Mural

Ceramic Tile Repair and Reinstallation for Granizo Mural

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

A ceramic tile mural by William Granizo, comissioned for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics at the site of the judo events, had begun to fail, with some tiles falling to the ground after deterioration of the mortar setting bed. The ceramic tile restoration and reinstallation required meticulous preservation, as there...

Porcelain Tile Installation for Dome of Chapel of St. Mary's College

Porcelain Tile Installation for Dome of Chapel of St. Mary's College

Orinda, Vallejo
California, USA

The dome of St. Mary's Chapel had multiple sources of decay, beginning with seismic damage, which allowed moisture to seep into the interior and delaminate the dome structurally. Stabilizing the concrete underpinning was required before new solid-body porcelain tile installation, to match the original decorative surface design, but in the new much...

Mosaic Tile Repair for LACMA - May Co. Building

Mosaic Tile Repair for LACMA - May Co. Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Originally constructed as a showpiece of the May Co. Department Stores, this unique structure was a local favorite in Los Angeles as a place to shop and has since been converted as a gallery and work space for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, whose main exhibition space is...

Restoration of Porcelain Tile Fountain at Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

Restoration of Porcelain Tile Fountain at Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The ceramic tile and terra cotta portions of the public space built to memorialize early Anglo settlers in Los Angeles was constructed in 1957 in a contemporary style. Long years of exposure to the elements had caused areas of the tile fountain surface to fail, requiring the replication and installation of...

Marble Mosaic Flooring Repair for Palace Hotel

Marble Mosaic Flooring Repair for Palace Hotel

San Francisco, San Francisco County,
California, USA

The Palace Hotel in San Francisco was the Ritz of its era, and during the most recent renovation, the marble mosaic floors in the famous Pied Piper Room and adjacent dining room were restored and refinished. The marble mosaic repair work used practices that have been around for centuries.  Bringing the...

Mosaic Floor Restoration for L.A. County Hospital Administration Building

Mosaic Floor Restoration for L.A. County Hospital Administration Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Administration Building of the Old L.A. County General Hspital actually dated to the early days of the hospital's history and showed the effect and wear of over a century's use. Comprehensive mosaic floor restoration, replication, and replacement was called for, as restoration of the porcelain tile floor in the interior public...

Glazed Terra Cotta Restoration for Hollywood American Legion Post 43

Glazed Terra Cotta Restoration for Hollywood American Legion Post 43

Hollywood, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The building housing Hollywood American Legion Post 43 dated from the 20s, and the decorative terra cotta panels, representing various military units, had deteriorated to the point that they needed intervention. They needed someone with expertise in glazed terra cotta restoration and repair work. Our first step, after general cleaning to...

Terra Cotta Reproduction for Nash Building

Terra Cotta Reproduction for Nash Building

Hollywood, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Nash Building in Hollywood was but a former shadow of its earlier vestige by the time it was adaptively re-used and not a moment too soon. Commercial use had reduced the former facade to a welter of small stalls and large graphic output.  This project involved terra cotta reproduction,...

Glazed Terra Cotta Restoration and Repair for Eastern Columbia Building

Glazed Terra Cotta Restoration and Repair for Eastern Columbia Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Eastern Columbia Building is one of the iconic facades of the L.A. landscape. Completed in 1929 in a distinctive Deco style of a glazed blue-green terra cotta, it began life as a department store. Over the years, it went through an all-too-common cycle of multiple alternative uses prior to redevelopment...