Recent Projects

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle

Graciano Corporation recently restored this landmark from bedrock to rooftops — updating mechanicals and utilities and adding a state-of-the-art geothermal system, while preserving the castle’s historic charm. On a tight, 16-month schedule, the Graciano team:

  • Pointed 15,000 square feet of original schist, granite, and bluestone masonry
  • Cleaned all 15,000 square feet using low-pressure Rotec Vortex micro-abrasives
  • Installed 2,500 18x18" bluestone pavers and 30 18"x18" bluestone terrace slabs
  • Matched and inset almost 1,500 bluestone and granite “Dutchman” patches
  • Replaced 75 linear feet of granite coping
  • Rebuilt 275 square feet of parapet wall
  • Replaced every roof slate on the castle and its two pavilions
  • Replaced all windows and doors
  • Repaired or replaced all interior floors and ceilings
  • Upgraded interior and exterior lighting to LED technology
  • Modernized drainage and waterproofing systems
  • Installed the climate control system, which required drilling
    a 400-foot geothermal well through solid rock

St. Bartholomew’s Church

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St. Bart’s is a designated New York City landmark and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. After a painstaking survey, during which Graciano crews rappelled down and across the exterior taking samples and measurements, they devised a one-of-a-kind solution. They suspended the scaffolding from the center of the terra cotta dome, so no part of the scaffold would come in contact with the dome. A complex system of chain-supported decks, catwalks and platforms would provide workspace within easy reach of the dome’s eight segments. The whole web of wood and steel would rest on the projecting corners of the square tower that supports the dome. View the project details »

Once they had a solid foothold, the Graciano team proceeded with the restoration program:

  • Removing and replacing over 6300 terra cotta tile pieces
  • Installing steel-reinforced waterproof mortar
  • Recreating the original mosaic tile patterns
  • Completely replacing the cementitious and waterproof surface underlayment
  • Completing every task in compliance with demanding historical specifications.

City-County Building, Pittsburgh

City-County Building, Pittsburgh

After 100 years of western Pennsylvania’s notorious freeze-thaw cycles, any building presented hidden challenges during masonry repairs. Graciano crews performed “make-safe” work on parapets surmounting the 144-foot City-County Building in Pittsburgh disassembling a Classical Revival wedding cake of stone, brick and terra cotta. Craftsmen removed and repositioned (or replaced) 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 introduced stainless steel anchors, terne-coated stainless steel thru-wall flashing and modern coatings better able to resist the elements than the 1917 originals.