One of the exciting things about our line of work is we are often called to restore windows on historic building across the the United States. Recently, we completed the restoration of over 700 wood windows on the US Customs House in New Orleans. The project required a skilled crew of carpenters to carefully restore these windows which were originally built in 1860 and not restored for over 100 years.
One of the key challenges was how to rig the building without attaching to the granite facade. WCI was able to do this through the use of special mast climbers and custom attachments secured to the window wells. This saved the customer in excess of $100,000 in traditional scaffolding costs.
The work required many windows to be repaired in place which presented another set of challenges with the high humidity forever present in the city of New Orleans. However, methods were adapted to keep the job on schedule on track. Each window required different levels of restoration bu the basic scope involved rot removal, epoxy repairs, dutchman repairs, glass replacement, full sash replacement, custom milling, painting, and miles of traditional putty glazing.
One year after the start we were completed and the result was 700 beautiful windows and a very happy client. Next time you are on Canal Street stop by and take a look. Also, if you get a chance, go inside and see the Marble Hall. It's incredible and a testament to the old world craftsmanship we hear so much about.