Stronger the Second Time Around - Terra Cotta Restoration Services

Terra Cotta


Farmers & Merchants Bank

History: The Farmers and Merchant Bank is one of Louis Sullivan’s eight Jewel Boxes throughout the Midwest. Louis Sullivan, an American architect and known as the ‘father of modernism’, designed the Bank in 1919. Located in Columbus, Wisconsin, the Farmers and Merchant Bank was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Scope: The restoration of this historic landmark involved the removal of the entire terra cotta veneer in order to remediate the concrete and steel structural wall system.

Challenge: Complete removal of terra cotta and marble without damaging existing units. Design and installation of new structural steel anchorage system for the terra cotta veneer.

Result: Façade reinstalled with all original units that were not previously cracked and new units that were fractured due to oxide-jacking. Award winning project for Famers & Merchant Bank and Spray-O-Bond.

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