Terra cotta units were removed from the building façade and replaced with temporary plywood protection. The pieces were then reinstalled after months of modeling and fabrication.
Brick, limestone and terra cotta were all used in the original construction of this building and were all removed, unveiling the under-lying building condition.
Extensive repairs were performed at all four corners of the building with the help of modular swing-stage scaffolding.
As brick was removed, the steel structure became visible.
A swing stage is lowered to continue work on the building’s corner.
Designed by the notable firm of Marshall & Fox and constructed in 1913, 1200 Lake Shore Drive remains one of Chicago’s residential jewels. Beginning in 2009, Central embarked on a multi-year project to restore the building’s brick, terra cotta, and limestone facades. With detailed planning and extraordinary care, Central carefully dismantled and catalogued stone and terra cotta detailing. While openings were temporarily boarded up to protect against the elements, replacement products were procured to match. Custom sized and colored brick were procured to produce an impeccable match. Once scaffolding was removed at the project’s completion, the building looked virtually the same as it did nearly a century ago – a true testament to matching preservation techniques.
The rounded bays and large portions of the ground floor stone masonry were reconstructed, brick corners were rebuilt, and the stone cornice was rehabilitated. In addition, all of the masonry was ground out and tuckpointed and all of the windows were restored. Central’s work should help to preserve this Landmark well into its second century.