Boston – Abbot Building Restoration recently completed a major masonry restoration project on a six-story commercial building at 87 Summer Street, located at the corner of Summer and Kingston Streets in downtown Boston.
The project consisted of repairs and preventive maintenance to the mansard roof located on the top floor of the building and to the marble building façade.
As the building recently began to show evidence of water damage, the owner retained the architectural engineering firm of Desman Associates of Boston to perform an investigation of the top floor mansard. It was found that the detailed metal around all the dormer windows between the marble sections had deteriorated causing water penetration into the interior of building.
To restore the mansard, Abbot was contracted to replace all of the metal and to install new fabricated metal to match original shapes of the dormers. Abbot also coated the metal to match the original color, and repair and waterproof the gutter system around the perimeter of top floor.
In addition, Abbot partially repointed the marble facade on the entire building, and repaired cracks to the marble as specified on the project plans.