When masonry deteriorates, it can be downright dangerous. This grand old courthouse needed repairs — and it wasn’t just to prevent the elements from taking their toll. The granite balustrade on the roof needed to be shored up to prevent collapse.
Historic preservation and restoration of the parapet and upper cornice including conservation treatment of the 17’x13’ statue, terra cotta was replaced, new roof installed and the large base statue was stabilized.
Designed by Owsley & Boucherle Architects in the Second Renaissance Revival style, this five-story steel-framed structure is crowned by a terra cotta and granite balustrade parapet and a 17-foot high copper statue representing Justice, Strength, Authority and Law.
The project was initiated with a physical assessment of the deteriorated terracotta and granite cornice as well as the parapet conditions for the entire building perimeter. Exterior masonry deterioration included; cracked and spalled terra cotta, open mortar joints, atmospheric soiling, and failed previous repairs. Construction documents with distinctive restoration details were developed for the entire terracotta balustrade and the cornice at the west elevator.