Cleaning the Facade

March 23rd, 2014 by KTU | Filed under Old City Philadelphia.

One of my questions about this project was how they were going to treat the facade, particularly the signage that had been painted on the brick at the corner of Arch and 2nd Street.

Today, I noticed a masonry restoration contractor pressure washing and manually scrubbing the facade. You have to be careful with brick, as you can erode the hard protective layer of the brick if you use too much pressure or use an abrasive. My guess is that they will re-point at least some of the brick — the really tedious and expensive process of replacing the mortar between bricks on the outer surface of the wall. We’ll see. I’m also very curious to see how they handle the windows — my guess is we’ll just see entirely new windows.

pressure washing brick facade old city condo project

Washing the facade.

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