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Preserving 10 Light Street’s Exterior Façade with Restoration

Photos courtesy RMF Engineering

Built in the late 1920s, the Art Deco 10 Light Street is the first skyscraper in Baltimore. A detailed façade inspection was recently completed using 29 swing stage drops for close access—this led to a restoration project for the more than 325 m2 (3500 sf) of Italian marble, replacing it with a durable quartzite from Brazil. This article examines what occurred during the reconstruction.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades: Project teams

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades

Photo courtesy Robert A. Baird/Historical Arts & Casting Inc.

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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