Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building

Constructed in the early 1900s, the Mellon Union Trust Building is a 15-story office building which is crowned with a unique terra cotta mansard roof. Terra cotta, or “molded earth,” is made from clay and therefore subject to freezing and thawing. As a result, many of the roof tiles have become brittle and fragmented. As rain and snow seeped under the tiles, water damage ensued. To correct these problems, Graciano craftspeople are now making repairs to the roofs. The Chicago-based architectural firm of Raths, Raths and Johnson, specialists in terra-cotta, are overseeing the project.

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The project includes:

  • Repairs to the upper terra cotta mansard roofs
  • Structural repairs to the roofs
  • Waterproofing to prevent further water damage
  • Replacement of terra cotta tiles and sculptures as needed, with GFRC

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Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building
Two Mellon Center / Union Trust Building

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  • Completion Date: 12/1/2005
  • Owner: Mellon Financial
  • Architect: Raths, Raths and Johnson
  • General Contractor: Graciano Corporation

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