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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.
granite, masonry, restoration, historic structure, tuck-pointing, mortar joint, scaffolding, alkaline gel
President, Sourlis Masonry Restoration, Inc., Munster, IN