Test cleaning of the terra cotta was performed which exposed and confirmed the underlying beauty of the terra cotta.
Central tradesmen salvaged and cleaned over 95% of the original masonry units.
The masonry units were crated, shipped to our warehouse, and stored for fifteen months while the new Viceroy was constructed.
Final stages of reconstruction.
Cornice lights were installed near the end of the project.
A ceremony was held to celebrate the installation of the final brick.
Restored façade with a partial view of the new addition above.
The new Viceroy - sparkling at night. - photo by Christian Horan
Viceroy’s glass tower provides a wonderful contrast to the classic terra cotta and brick façade. - photo by Christian Horan
Ornate terra cotta detailing in the parapet with façade lighting elements within the mouth of the Grotesques. - photo by Christian Horan
The Cedar Hotel, built in 1924, demolished in 2015, and subsequently reconstructed and transformed between 2015 and 2017 with the addition of a gleaming 15 story glass tower on the western part of the site and a fully restored ornamental brick and terra cotta façade. In the fall of 2015, Central removed, salvaged, cleaned and stored the 8,000 bricks and 1,300 pieces of terra cotta that make up the façade while the glass tower was being built. In the spring of 2017, while the tower was nearing completion, Central re-constructed the façade.
Completed in June of 2017, the new Viceroy Hotel is once again an architectural highlight on North State Street. The old façade blends beautifully with its gleaming new backdrop.