Wednesday, March 23, 2011
RLA technician Nestor Guzman re-creates portions of the decorative frieze using Cathedral Stone Jahn M-90 restoration mortar.
In January, we began the task of stabilization, conservation and restoration of the 1926 cast stone façade at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida. Administered by Florida International University (FIU) the Wolfsonian is an institution that houses an important collection of decorative and propaganda arts spanning the years 1880-1945. The building that houses the collection is a former warehouse and storage facility with a splendid decorative cast stone portal and two tiers of friezes. Corrosion of internal rebar and poorly executed repairs carried out in 2000 have been causing fragments of the cast stone elements to detach and fall.
RLA has been tasked with carrying out a full examination of the friezes and portal and executing all repairs. The work has included demolition of loose areas of poor repairs, removal and/ or stabilization of old rebar, re-attachment of salvageable original fragments, recreation of missing sections, and the application of corrosion inhibitors and vapor permeable water repellant coatings. Work is expected to be completed in April 2011.