Restoring St. Patrick’s Cathedral

An Undertaking of Passion and Love

LimeWorks.us is a big part of helping to restore a prominent landmark in New York City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was completed in 1878. Then in 1888 spires were added. The picture below is taken from near the top of one of one of the spires.

From the Spires of St Patrick's Cathedral
From the Spires of St Patrick’s Cathedral

The Cathedral is undergoing an extensive restoration project.

Restoration Announcement and to learn more St. Patrick’s Cathedral click here:

Workers are in the process of fully restoring the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This work includes cleaning and repointing all exterior stonework and repairing the stained glass windows. LimeWorks.us is supplying all of the lime mortar for the full repointing campaign using our Ecologic Mortar (SCG) F; that is made of St Astier NHL and sand. This work is necessary to ensure that this beautiful New York City landmark endures for many future generations!

Thanks to the gracious invite by Deerpath Construction, the contractor doing the work, who extended to those of our staff in attendance at APT NYC, we received a special tour up on the
scaffolding. It was an awesome view and wonderful to see our Ecologic™ Mortar based made with St. Astier NHL being used to restore this famous and very important building of the NY skyline.

For additional information, or to purchase:

Ecologic™ Mortar

St. Astier NHL

 

Click here to see a short video on St. Patrick’s Transformation

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Limelight on Historic Brownstone Restoration – Alfred’s Victorian

Alfred’s Victorian Restoration Story –  with Andy deGruchy

Alfred's Victorian Staff
Alfred’s Victorian Staff

 

This beautiful late 19th century Hummelstown brownstone was recently restored by deGruchy Masonry Restoration, the Technical Install/Training Team of LimeWorks.us. Using historically appropriate, breathable Natural Hydraulic Lime based materials for repointing the brickwork and repairing the brownstone, this iconic building is now put into an excellent state of conservation. It remains a testament to excellent stewardship of our built heritage thanks to the owner, and lifelong resident of Middletown, PA, Robin Pellegrini.

Taking an architectural conservator’s approach, the team of masons repaired the broken and missing pieces of historic sandstone and lime mortar with environmentally friendly Ecologic® Mortar and Lithomex Brick and Stone repair material. The team retained as much of the historic fabric as possible by repairing what could be salvaged with these specialty materials. These materials allow the building envelope to process water out naturally through the lime and sandstone because of their effective liquid/vapor transfer properties over any patch material based on Portland cement.

Please take a look at our other videos for the full extent of this remarkable restoration:

True Sustainable Development in Historic Restoration  – Alfred’s Victorian –  Randy Ruth

Restoring Historic Alfred’s Victorian Brownstone  –  Randy Ruth

Natural Hydraulic Lime Mortars for Historic Preservation and Their Impact on the Environment –  Randy Ruth

 

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The Mysterious Newport Tower, Restored Using Natural Hydraulic Lime

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The Newport Tower is a peculiarly placed piece of stonework.  It currently resides in Touro Park surrounded by one of the ritziest resorts on the eastern seaboard.  Often called the “Old Mill”, it’s generally accepted to have once been a windmill built in the mid 17th Century. But some believe it was built much earlier either by visiting Vikings, Native Americans, traveling Chinese sailors, or even medieval Scottish Templars led by earl Henry Sinclair during a voyage to New England about a hundred years before Columbus.  Either way, this structure was built to last, being a minimum of 360 some years old. A mortar comparison showed the Newport Tower to be made of lime, sand and gravel.

A team from Contracting Specialists Incorporated recently performed some structural restoration by removing Portland Cement repairs and shoring up the stone with Natural Hydraulic Lime as well as placing a new cap on the top with NHL. These repairs ensure the structure will retain its historically appropriate ingredients while also keeping it structurally sound for generations to come.

Additional Resources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Tower_(Rhode_Island)
http://www.unmuseum.org/newporttower.htm
http://www.thenewporttower.com
http://www.neara.org/images/what/Newport__loose_threads.pdf
http://www.newporttower.org

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Phone: 245-536-6706

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