Areas of the brick, stone and terra cotta building were distressed and in need of repair, including grinding and tuckpointing the masonry mortar joints.
The profile of the cornice was revealed when a large terra cotta unit was removed.
An example of a terra cotta window head that was removed.
A view looking up the south façade of the building.
Rusting ornamental railings were removed and restored while Central performed its masonry work.
Central installed the restored railings using a new anchoring system.
The heavily deteriorated terra cotta pediment above the main entrance, prior to restoration.
The main entrance pediment, following restoration.
Originally constructed in 1927 as the Cornelia Apartments (the building is located at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Cornelia Avenue), this 15-story brick building with Classical detailing was in need of restoration by 2012. Central worked with the owners, architects and structural engineers in restoring the elegant façade to its original splendor— on the primary elevations, the masonry was tuck pointed and nearly 1000 deteriorated terra cotta units were replaced with new terra cotta units. The pink hue of the new terra cotta was determined after a meticulous color-matching process. Presently, the building adds a great deal of character to the collection of vintage high-rise apartment buildings that line North Lake Shore Drive.