STP992: Restoration of the John J. Glessner House

    Sourlis, T
    President, Sourlis Masonry Restoration, Inc., Munster, IN

    Pages: 6    Published: Jan 1988


    Abstract

    Glessner House in Chicago was designed in 1886 by H. H. Richardson contemporaneously with the first skyscrapers. The Chicago Architecture Foundation, the present owner of Glessner House, commissioned tuck-pointing and cleaning of exterior granite facades for the building's centennial year. Sourlis Masonry Restoration, Inc. was awarded the contract and proceeded with the project in seven phases: (1) rigging and protection of the building; (2) grinding of mortar joints; (3) preliminary tuck-pointing of mortar joints to prevent penetration of caustic cleaning chemicals; (4) cleaning of the granite; (5) repair of the chimneys; (6) pink beading of the mortar joints; and (7) breakdown of scaffolding and landscaping repairs.

    Keywords:

    granite, masonry, restoration, historic structure, tuck-pointing, mortar joint, scaffolding, alkaline gel


    Paper ID: STP27271S

    Committee/Subcommittee: C15.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27271S


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