This 12-story, steel-framed bank building clad with Georgian marble, required care and maintenance due to its nearly century-old status. Closeup investigation from a scaffold rig, with detailed field notes, enabled a comprehensive documentation of all facade problems and facilitated development of repair documents.


  • Condition assessment of the marble-clad Operations (Annex) building
  • On-going consulting services
  • Development of restoration and repair documents

The original Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland building is a 12-story, steel-framed building with marble, granite, and terra-cotta facade and is one of the City’s most elegant structures. Barber & Hoffman was responsible for the restoration and historic preservation of the existing building’s exterior masonry facade, as part of the Bank’s mid-1990’s expansion and renovation project. An in-depth assessment report with opinions of probable repair costs and the creation of masonry facade construction documents preceded a two-year construction phase. Accommodating high-level building security was a key factor throughout the $2.6 million project completed in 1995. Since that time, Barber & Hoffman has provided on-going consulting services, including a 2004 condition assessment of the marble-clad Operations (Annex) Building. That survey led to the development of construction documents and oversight of isolated facade repairs, which totaled over $20,000. Barber & Hoffman continues to consult with the Bank regarding facade concerns on an as-needed basis. Specific repair sketches and documents have been prepared for various deteriorated items. Masonry restoration and preservation projects included: · Creation of new vertical masonry expansion joints · Full stone replacement of spalled/severely deteriorated stones · Repair and/or replacement of existing stone lintels, steel relief angles, and marble panels · 11th floor terra-cotta cornice repairs including replacement of over 150 modillion units · Mortar and sealant joint repair · Facade cleaning and waterproofing of all masonry surfaces.

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