Stronger the Second Time Around - Repointing



The Victor Lawson Tower at the Chicago Theological Seminary

History: Built in 1923, this Henry Riddle designed neo-Gothic tower is a compromise of religious and educational design theory. The 180-foot tall carillon tower has a four-sided main structure topped with octagon-shaped forty-foot tall lantern structure, which features gargoyles, stone tracery windows and pinnacles.

Scope: 100% repointing of brick and stone masonry joints on interior and exterior on the tower.

Challenge: Removal of inappropriate mortars from previous repointing efforts and development of proper mortar mix for brick and stone masonry veneers of the building.

Result: Award-winning restoration of the tower and proper water-tight mortar joints throughout.

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