Historic Restorations

Historic Restorations

Marble and limestone are two of the most commonly encountered materials in historic structures. For thousands of years, these materials have been valued for their beauty and versatility. Despite their aura of permanence, both limestone and marble can suffer from time and wear. Dirt accumulation, cracked masonry, spalling and loss of structural integrity are among the problems affecting stone structures.

Importance of Repairing

A building’s exterior provides protection from the elements and conveys its historic character. The age, style and significance of a building or structure can often be understood by analyzing exterior designs, features and materials. Distinctive features, finishes and construction techniques are examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property and should be maintained. If possible, deteriorated historic features should be repaired. If replacement is necessary, the new feature should match the old as much as possible in design, color, texture and other visual qualities.

Where to Start?

The first step in restoration involves the accurate assessment of that building’s existing system. In other words, before you can know how to fix something, you have to know how it was intended to work in the first place. Then a proper scope of rehabilitative work can be established.