Tile and Mosaic Restoration of Historic Structures

Ceramic and marble tiles have been around for a long time, and their use in mosaic surfaces has always been an enjoyable challenge from a restoration viewpoint. With the advent and dispersal of porcelain technology in the last two centuries, these useful and durable materials became a regular component of many historic structures. The following ceramic tile and mosaic restoration projects give some indication of how varied these materials can be.


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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...

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...