Materials

We are a full-service historic preservation company, specializing in historic masonry restoration as well as other media, working in California and the West. Our primary expertise covers all porous architectural materials, both natural and man-made, in both interior and exterior applications. While masonry restoration comprises a large part of our business, we can also perform as a General Contractor for a client's historic preservation project.

Brick
Historic Concrete
Ceramic Tile
Decorative Plaster

Brick is so common a building material as to be easily overlooked in the survey of historic building materials, but it is so ubiquitous that to ignore it would be misleading. The following brick restoration and repair projects are representative of the issues we face when dealing with this widely used material.

With the commercial advent of modern day Portland cement, the use of concrete in construction blossomed and grew to large quantities by the early part of the 20th Century. The projects listed here provide a good sampling of historic concrete restoration, patching, and repair jobs.

Ceramic and marble tiles have been around for a long time, and their use in mosaic surfaces has always been an enjoyable challenge from a restoration viewpoint. With the advent and dispersal of porcelain technology, these durable materials became a regular component in historic structures.

Decorative plaster is a versatile medium that poses its own set of challenges but can yield highly decorative and enriched interior building surfaces. The decorative and ornamental plaster restoration projects shown here were the result of seismic upgrades and historic tax credit requirements..

Brick Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Iron Spall (Iron Jacking), Repoint, Restore, Seismic Upgrades & Stabilization, Painting & Stripping Historic Concrete Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Iron Spall (Iron Jacking), Resurface, Repoint, Custom Manufacture Molds, Seismic Upgrades & Stabilization, Painting & Stripping Ceramic Tile Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Resurface, Repoint, Custom Manufacture Mold, Custom Fabrication, Tiling Decorative Plaster Repair and Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Resurface, Custom Manufacture Molds, Custom Fabrication, Painting & Stripping
Cast Stone
Terra Cotta
Mosaic Tile
Natural Stone Restoration

Cast Stone (sometimes labled 'PreCast') is the cost-effective substitute for hand-carved natural stone developed at the beginning of the 20th c. As Portland cement became more available towards the end of the 19th century, its use as an alternative decorative building material became more prevalent. Given California's major surviving buildings date from after 1900, there are multiple examples of cast stone restoration and repair projects.

Terra cotta, both glazed and unglazed, is a very common decorative building material, used widely from its commercial introduction in the late 19th century until today. Originally marketed as a cost-effective alternative to hand-cut natural stone, it has evolved into a medium all its own. The following terra cotta restoration projects involved the use of repair as well as complete terra cotta replacement to provide the finished results.

Ceramic and marble tiles have been around for a long time, and their use in mosaic surfaces has always been an enjoyable challenge from a restoration viewpoint. With the advent and dispersal of porcelain technology in the last two centuries, these useful and durable materials became a regular component of many historic structures. Ceramic tile and mosaic restoration projects vary widely.

Natural stone as an exterior building material is not as prevalent on the West Coast as it is in the Eastern States, only because the majority of our buildng cycles took place after the advent of Portland cement and ceramic building materials. However, there are enough instances of natural stone in the urban Western environment to address this material, especially in regards to interior surfaces. 

Cast Restoration and Cast Repair Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Iron Spall (Iron Jacking), Resurface, Repoint, Custom Manufacture Molds, Custom Fabrication, Seismic Upgrades & Stabilization, Painting & Stripping Terra Cotta Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Iron Spall (Iron Jacking), Resurface, Repoint, Custom Manufacture Molds, Custom Fabrication, Seismic Upgrades & Stabilization, Tiling Mosaic Tile Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Repoint, Custom Fabrication, Tiling Natural Stone Restoration Services: Cleaning, Restoration & Preservation, Patching & Repair, Iron Spall (Iron Jacking), Installation, Resurface, Repoint, Seismic Upgrades & Stabilization, Custom Fabrication