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 sited next door. The 14k gold glass mosaic tiles, on the most prominent decorative feature of the facade, had undergone widespread failure due to chemical reactions between the installation components. This project would involve mosaic tile restoration, repair, and installation.
Our primary activity was to survey and identify areas of failure and remove all original and newer materials as required, especially in areas of structural movement. In those areas, we installed new matching glass tile, produced on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. The newly restored delicate surface will be better prepared to withstand the forces of urban decay and the limitations of its own material nature.