At the West 66th Street Armory in Manhattan, Graciano artisans are completing a five-month program of restoration, repointing, and waterproofing, working to exacting historical standards. Mortar, stucco and other materials were all chosen, as well as the installation techniques to replicate the original appearance of the ornate five-story structure, which was built in 1903. Day-to-day video news production in the converted armory has continued without interruption during the restoration. See Release »
At the landmark Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, a Graciano team is installing new limestone and granite veneers inside the 1931 hotel’s motor court. The project, which includes removal of various outdated surface materials on walls and columns, is scheduled for completion in spring, 2013. See Release »
On Staten Island, Graciano craftsmen have completed extensive historic masonry conservation at Wagner College’s Main Hall. While the original assignment called for restoration, waterproofing and exterior cleaning of the 1929 precast concrete building, structural deficiencies became apparent early in the project. Wagner officials asked Graciano to rebuild parapets and copings, reconstruct the top 50 percent of two five-story Gothic-style turrets, and replace the dome that surmounts one of the turrets. See Release »
Graciano Corporation has completed the historic restoration of one of Manhattan’s beloved landmarks, the Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal.
The Graciano team has spent the past three months painstakingly replacing more than 1,000 of the original Gustavino terra cotta tiles that have covered the vaulted hall since 1913. Graciano crews have repaired tile cracks and completely repointed over 1,000 technically challenging raised mortar joints that seal the dome’s interior. See Release »
After 95 years of western Pennsylvania’s notorious freeze-thaw cycles, any building is likely to present hidden challenges during masonry repairs. Graciano crews performing “make-safe” work on parapets surmounting the 144-foot City-County Building in Pittsburgh found themselves disassembling a Classical Revival wedding cake of stone, brick and terra cotta. Since April, 2012, craftsmen have been removing and repositioning (or replacing) 1500-pound granite coping stones, underlying structural brick, a decorative terra cotta base course, and a stone water table, all extending around the building’s 1,000-foot perimeter. While adhering to historic guidelines for authentic appearance and construction, the team has introduced stainless steel anchors, terne-coated stainless steel thru-wall flashing and modern coatings better able to resist the elements than the 1917 originals. View All Projects »
Beneath the streets of older cities it’s common to find intricate networks of aging sewers, many of which are built of brick. Recently, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the authority that oversees wastewater operations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, called on Graciano to help stabilize several sewers with two inches of shotcrete. Ranging in size from 46 inches to 10 feet in diameter, these pipes are located 20 to 40 feet below street level in various parts of the city.
After determining the chambers were not in danger of collapse, teams from Graciano removed any loose bricks and inserted steel rods in the ceilings and walls to ensure stability. They then installed galvanized metal mesh around the tunnels to hold the concrete in place as it was sprayed onto the walls of the pipes. Before any shotcrete could be installed Graciano crews spent significant time removing debris from sewer passageways, diverting water and sandbagging work areas. View All Projects »
Designated a landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Trust Historic Hotels of America division, the Waldorf=Astoria continues to build on its enduring reputation as Manhattan’s first “grand hotel.” Owned by Hilton Hotels, the building is an elegant example of Art Deco architecture and is located in a prime midtown location. Waldorf=Astoria management oversaw a comprehensive interior renovation in 1999 and has focused on exterior restorations for much of the last decade. Aside from maintaining the hotel’s historic structure, much of the restoration work ensures continued compliance with local Law 11, an ordinance that requires periodic inspections and repairs on buildings more than five stories tall.
Graciano’s current restoration work on the 42-story landmark will include rebuilding sections of the structure’s parapets and replacement of deteriorated stone elements, such as lintels, sills and decorative carvings. Damaged brickwork at the corners of the building will be replaced with custom-matched bricks, and stone features will be restored with materials selected to integrate seamlessly with the colors, textures and appearances of the building’s original architectural details. View All Projects »