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Precast Stone Restoration for Carnegie Observatories Hunt Building

Precast Stone Restoration for Carnegie Observatories Hunt Building

Pasadena, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

This precast stone restoration project for the historic headquarters of Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena followed an earlier restoration in the 80s, which left the stone vulnerable to damage. High-pressure water cleaning had scoured the original cement surface and left the cast stone trim more absorbent and prone to deterioration when exposed to...

Structural Reinforcing for Barstow Train Station

Structural Reinforcing for Barstow Train Station

Barstow, San Bernadino County
California, USA

The Santa Fe Depot in Barstow was a major stop on the transcontinental railway and housed a Harvey House restaurant. Brick and cast stone removal, restoration, and reassembly was necessary, as these veneer elements suffered a major blow during previous seismic activity. Two towers had collapsed completely in a pile...

Brick and Terra Cotta Reproduction for Christie Hotel

Brick and Terra Cotta Reproduction for Christie Hotel

Hollywood, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Christie Hotel had undergone not only environmental damage but also 'aesthetic' revisions so that an adaptive reuse by the owners required brick and terra cotta reproduction as well as the restoration of existing historic fabric. All of our work had to be conducted using boom lifts, since the building's...

Limestone and Ceramic Tile Restoration for Los Angeles Central Library

Limestone and Ceramic Tile Restoration for Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The L.A. Central Library was almost torn down, but saved at the last minute to be completely restored and expanded as the showpiece of one of the greates municipal libraries of America. It served as the focal point and transition of Los Angeles from an ahistorical city to one whose...

Decorative Marble and Stucco Restoration for Temple Emmanu-El

Decorative Marble and Stucco Restoration for Temple Emmanu-El

San Francisco, San Francisco County,
California, USA

The renovation of Temple Emmanu-El involved decorative marble, cast stone, and cement stucco restoration for the exterior and interior surfaces of the synagogue. The challenge in cleaning the interior masonry decorative components was to avoid damaging the adjacent highly stenciled surfaces. This was achieved by using carefully placed protection in these areas...

Cast Stone and Stucco Veneer Patching for Huntington Library Museum

Cast Stone and Stucco Veneer Patching for Huntington Library Museum

San Marino, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Huntington Museum and Library was originally the primary residence of Henry Huntington, builder of L.A.'s Red Line trolley system. The house later became the focal point gallery in the extended display and botannical spaces of the Huntington Library and Gardens. Cast stone and stucco patching and repairs to the...

Decorative Plaster and Painted Canvas Restoration for San Bernadino County Courthouse

Decorative Plaster and Painted Canvas Restoration for San Bernadino County Courthouse

San Bernardino, San Bernardino County,
California, USA

The courthouse had accumulated damage during previous quake activity over the years, and it became necessary to implement the seismic upgrade and restoration of the interior and exterior surfaces while the building was still in use and courts were in session. While the decorative plaster and painted canvas ceiling restorations were the...

Cast Stone Veneer Preservation for Mayfair Theater

Cast Stone Veneer Preservation for Mayfair Theater

Santa Monica, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The emphasis on preservation and replication of all the facade materials on this decorative cast stone veneer called for a faithful and attentive approach to how each of the materials should be treated during removal, restoration, and eventual reinstallation. The Northridge earthquake had expanded upon the damage wrought by normal...

Brick and Terra Cotta Veneer Preservation for Raymond Theater

Brick and Terra Cotta Veneer Preservation for Raymond Theater

Pasadena, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The Raymond Theater in Pasadena had been in business, more or less, for over 70 years before declining fortunes forced its closure. A recent adaptive reuse project involved brick and terra cotta veneer preservation. We saved all the orignal facade elements and recreated missing elements, such as the old marquee. This...

Cast Iron and Granite Preservation for 1600 W. 7th St. Los Angeles Veneer

Cast Iron and Granite Preservation for 1600 W. 7th St. Los Angeles Veneer

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

This building was one of the many damaged by fire during the King Riots in 1992. Subsequent repairs had not fared well in the intervening years, and the City's Historic Resources Dept. had mandated the replacement of these previous repairs. This cast iron and granite restoration job involved removing and...

Limestone Sculpture Preservation for Huntington Gallery Entry

Limestone Sculpture Preservation for Huntington Gallery Entry

San Marino, Los Angeles County,
California, USA

The two limestone sculpted figures flanking the North entry to the Huntington Gallery had been unsympathetically restored by previous efforts, and the work we performed entailed reversing and hiding those previous attempts. Thus, these limestone sculpture restorations mainly involved removing all old repair materials, including old cementitious coatings, old cement patch...

Cast Stone Fountain Restoration for Atascadero City Hall

Cast Stone Fountain Restoration for Atascadero City Hall

Atascadero, San Luis Obispo County,
California, USA

The figures flanking the four quadrants of the original Administrative Building of the former Atascadero Colony, and now the eponymous City Hall, had four severely decayed figures, originally cast from a single mold. The cast stone fountain restoration worked to reverse decay and previous failed repair work. This involved reproducing elements of the cast stone....

Historic Restoration Before and After

Historic Restoration Before and After

Various Cities and Counties,
California, USA

Before and after images are a great and dramatic way of seeing how our work can affect the built environment. These shots are a good representation of how facade restoration and historic preservation can change the way our cities appear when such preservation practices are implemented.

Award Winning Historic Preservation Projects

Award Winning Historic Preservation Projects

Various Cities and Counties,
California, USA

The following images are a by-no-means complete summary of previous California buildings that we have had the privilege of helping to preserve. All projects were either completed by CGI Preservation or executed under the Technical Direction of Charles Kibby, principle of CGI Preservation. Click on the 'Awards' link in the...

Veterans Preservation Corps

Veterans Preservation Corps

Los Angeles
California

The Veterans Preservation Corps is an ongoing effort, and currently between projects, whose mission is to train and educate veterans of America's Armed Forces in the field of Historic Preservation crafts.  The organization's long-term goal is to train veterans, and eventually support these vets in the preservation of historic structures...

Travertine Marble Restoration, Mural Preservation for Millard Sheets Home Savings and Loan Building

Travertine Marble Restoration, Mural Preservation for Millard Sheets Home Savings and Loan Building

Montebello, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA

Most of the lower wall of this building was stained due to the proximity of the landscape watering system and the daily soaking of the stone. The travertine marble restoration involved using a very light abrasive process to remove the soiling without significant removal of the substrate. Our repair techniques also...

Terra Cotta Repair for Gardner Building, Ventura

Terra Cotta Repair for Gardner Building, Ventura

Ventura, Ventura
California

The building was the location of the law offices of Earl Stanley Gardner, author of the "Perry Mason" series, during the period when he wrote the series while engaged in his own law practice. Situated in the heart of downtown Ventura and just down the hill from the San Buenaventura...