65 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA
Constructed over a century ago in 1911, the building at 65 Harrison Avenue is an impressive eleven-story high-rise.It is the cornerstone of Harrison Avenue in Boston’s Historic China Town. The building is constructed of limestone masonry façade at the first and second floors, supporting a buff-colored brick masonry façade on the upper floors. Panels of brick masonry with terracotta header and sill details separate the windows at each floor. The north and east elevations displayed heavy deterioration.
Masonry Restoration & Cast Molding
ESI worked with partnering structural engineers to bring this building back to sound and safe conditions. The scope of work included cutting and pointing 100% of the masonry mortar joints, removing and replacing window perimeter sealants, replicating the ornate stone headers, sills, and water table, and sealing joints between dissimilar materials throughout the facade. The terracotta header and sill stones were severely cracked and spalled in many locations due to the expansion and contraction of the structural I beams within the inner wyths of the facade. In order to restore the terracotta stones to their original profile, ESI used a cast molding technique to reproduce and replicate the exact stones to match the building’s originality. This movement also caused numerous cracks throughout the brick. ESI toothed out and replaced the cracked brick masonry units. ESI brought the buildings visual integrity back to life while keeping a safe work environment for the City.
Contact ESI Waterproofing & Masonry
Many old buildings in Boston suffer from the wear and tear of harsh weather conditions over the years. If your building could benefit from our restoration services, get in contact with us today. We’ll make sure your building is back to safe conditions, and looking better than ever. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at (617) 265-7222.