London Terrace Gardens

Industry Sector:

- Multi-Unit Commercial/Residential

Services Provided:

- Exterior Restoration
- Historic Preservation

Project Overview:

The London Terrace Gardens is a 10 building complex located in the Chelsea area between 9th and 10th Avenue and 23rd and 24th Street. The buildings were in state of disrepair with several of them being cited as unsafe due to materials falling from the façade. Extensive façade and roof leaks were reported and were believed to be caused by deteriorated masonry and mortar joints. Although outside the current Chelsea Historic District, the building’s ownership wanted to treat these buildings as landmarks and, as such, more work went into product selection and restoration procedures.

Much of the original terracotta stone work had begun to fail and large sections required replacement with matching stonework. Approximately 80% of the street-facing and 38% of the courtyard lintels were replaced as part of this project. All of the steel at the water tank bulkheads were fully restored and deteriorated sections of structural steel replaced. Approximately 40% of the complex's façades received new pointing. All terracotta was cleaned and coated to match the original color.

3 blends of brick (2 types of Watsontown and 1 type of Belden) were used to mimic, as closely as possible, the existing masonry through the building. The contractor mixed and blended the new masonry with the existing. A special color-matched mortar was used exclusively throughout the building at all new pointing and brick replacement. Terracotta stones were replaced with new precast stones and coated to match the existing terracotta.