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Terra Cotta Replacement for Million Dollar Building

Terra Cotta Replacement for Million Dollar Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Million Dollar Building is significant to the Broadway area of Los Angeles, not only for its distinctive architectural decoration, but also for its connection to L.A. history. The upper floors were originally the offices of the Metropolitan Water District and William Mulholland. The ground floor holds the Million Dollar...

Terra Cotta Replication and Repair for 180 Spring St.

Terra Cotta Replication and Repair for 180 Spring St.

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

This classic brick and terra cotta facade was in serious need of cleaning and repairs due to deferred maintenance and rusting of the internal steel anchors. The project required glazed terra cotta replication and repair. Earthquake damage began the long process of decay and failure of the decorative terra cotta trim...

Glazed Terra Cotta Patching for Title Guarantee Building

Glazed Terra Cotta Patching for Title Guarantee Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Title Guarantee Building is sited directly across from Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, and boasts a glazed surface that posed unique challenges to the restoration specialists of our crew. The project would involve glazed terra cotta patching for full restoration. The surface was treated to resemble a hand-carved...

Terra Cotta Preservation for Van Nuys Building

Terra Cotta Preservation for Van Nuys Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Van Nuys Building on the corner of Spring and 7th in Downtown Los Angeles involved the complete preservation of the entire exterior veneer, encompassing terra cotta, granite, wood windows, and cement stucco. Over 300,000 sq. ft. of building surface was restored in a comprehensive and carefully phased project.  The project...

Marble Tile Restoration for Annenberg Beach House Pool

Marble Tile Restoration for Annenberg Beach House Pool

Santa Monica, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Annenberg Center is the fomer beach and party hub of Marion Davies, mistress of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. In the 30s and 40s it was a heavily patronized social center for the royalty of Hollywood. After a period of decline and conversion into a community center for the City...

Sandstone Patching and Repairs for Mt. St. Mary's College, Bldg. #1

Sandstone Patching and Repairs for Mt. St. Mary's College, Bldg. #1

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Originally part of a wealthy neighborhood near historic downtown Los Angeles, this home eventually became part of the eastern campus of Mt. St. Mary's College. Clad in sandstone originally quarried near Santa Barbara, it had undergone severe decay and material loss. Sandstone patching and repair with specialty repair mortars provided the...

Seismic Upgrade for Federal Office Building Veneer

Seismic Upgrade for Federal Office Building Veneer

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The seismic upgrade of a contemporary office building in downtown Los Angeles called on our' technical expertise in selective masonry removal to be utilized in the salvage and later reinstallation of over 1,200 panels of 1 1/4" thick Danby marble, with losses of original marble panels limited to under 2%...

Interior Marble Restoration for Oakland City Hall

Interior Marble Restoration for Oakland City Hall

Oakland, Alameda County,
California, USA

The adaptive reuse of Oakland City Hall involved the complete restoration of both interior and exterior surfaces, as well as the installation of a milestone base-isolation system to ensure the long-term survival of this civic landmark.  A full seismic retrofit, including the base isolation, was the primary goal of this...

Earthquake Retrofitting for Vibiana Cathedral

Earthquake Retrofitting for Vibiana Cathedral

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

After the Diocese of Los Angeles gave up posession of this early house of worship in Southern California, it was converted into a performing arts and events center. Quake damage had done a bit of damage to the limestone and brick veneer. Intervention for this earthquake retrofit project involved the removal,...

Limestone Preservation for Kerckhoff Hall

Limestone Preservation for Kerckhoff Hall

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Kerckhoff Hall is a central component of the historic core of the UCLA campus. Earthquake damage from the Northridge Quake had caused the dislocation of the gothic tower spires. The limestone restoration was coupled with a general upgrade of the building which included base isolation, even as the building was occupied....

Sandstone Restoration for Flood Building

Sandstone Restoration for Flood Building

San Francisco, San Francisco County,
California, USA

The Flood Building was originally completed in 1904 by a scion of Comstock Lode wealth and subsequently underwent severe damage in the Great Quake of 1906. After additional repairs, it was reopened and remained a local landmark on Market St., even as its fortunes faded in subsequent years. A complete...

Plaster Ceiling Restoration for Seven Grand Building

Plaster Ceiling Restoration for Seven Grand Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Previous removal of portions of a highly decorative gypsum and Portland cement plaster ceiling had been removed by previous tenants. The opening of a new restaurant in the space created the push to restore the decorative surfaces of this former cafeteria, using moldmaking and other restoration techniques.  This decorative plaster...

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Subway Terminal Building

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Subway Terminal Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Seismic upgrades to the building structure required the intrusive removal of large areas of original decorative coffered ceiling and mandated the use of silicon rubber mould technology to manufacture new matching replacement units. This decorative plaster restoration and reproduction project involved replacing much of the original ceiling. Terra cotta capitals and...

Decorative Plaster Ceiling Renovation for Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom

Decorative Plaster Ceiling Renovation for Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom

Hollywood, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Blossom Ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel was the site of the first Academy Awards Ceremony back in 1929, and has hosted many famous names over the years. The decorative ceiling of the ballroom recently underwent a major upgrade to incorporate new computer-controlled light systems and the ceiling was reconfigured,...

Cast Stone Restoration for Wilshire Temple Rose Window

Cast Stone Restoration for Wilshire Temple Rose Window

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Wilshire Temple, constructed in 1929, houses the oldest Jewish Congregation in Los Angeles. As part of a larger restoration of the structure, the Rose Window on the South elevation facing Wilshire Boulevard was deemed to be in need of seismic upgrade as part of the general restoration. Selective removal...

Cast Stone Preservation of LMU Sacred Heart Chapel

Cast Stone Preservation of LMU Sacred Heart Chapel

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

This decorative cast stone preservation project involved removal, patching, and reinstallation. Though originally constructed in the early 50s, this classically-inspired house of worship still had to contend with the same problems that most older masonry structures have. Iron reinforcement had oxidized and caused the decay and failure of numerous areas...

Cast Stone Removal and Preservation for First Methodist Church, Olvera St.

Cast Stone Removal and Preservation for First Methodist Church, Olvera St.

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Due to iron jacking to the interior reinforcing components, this project required decorative cast stone removal, preservation, and reinstallation. We did the same for the outer layer of cement stucco as well, as we also found decay in the flat, non-decorative cement stucco areas.

Decorative Cast Stone Preservation for Hollyhock House

Decorative Cast Stone Preservation for Hollyhock House

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Years of exposure to the elements were only some of the problems afflicting this classic residence. Phase I of a long-term restoration plan called for removal and reinstallation of significant portions of the upper roof and decorative elements, for this early Frank Llyod Wright structure.  The decorative cast stone restoration...

Decorative Cast Stone Reproduction for Balboa Park Museum of Art Entryway

Decorative Cast Stone Reproduction for Balboa Park Museum of Art Entryway

San Diego, San Diego County,
California, USA

The Museum of Art and the California Tower are major architectural elements of the historic core of Balboa Park in San Diego, site of the 1915 California Exposition. Earthquakes and constant exposure to a salt-laden marine environment had combined to cause significant deterioration to this Churriguersque entry surround, and required...

Cast Stone Stabilization for William Penn Building

Cast Stone Stabilization for William Penn Building

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

Stabilization of the decorative cast stone components of the exterior skin on this 1914 residential hotel (since converted to apartments) was driven by the goal of arresting an already advanced decay process. This was cast stone stabilization project was unusual for us in that the damage and decay mechanism was uniformly...