5icch on site

 That’s Mark Kuberski, one of Chicago’s premier facade restoration specialists, pointing out blocks of terra cotta from William Le Baron Jenney’s New York Life building on tour day this week.  He and WJE engineer Rachel Will got a couple dozen of our delegates up on the work platform above Monroe Street on Friday for what was one of this week’s highlights.  Amazing to see this stuff up close–identification numbers from the assembly process, and even fingerprints in the originals.

  And the replacement stuff is equally interesting.  Most of the original blocks are being replaced, but where new pieces are required there’s a painstaking process to re-mold elements that are faithful to the original but rendered in more durable and stable material.
Great stuff, and a good moment of introducing international folks to some of the city’s best…