Terra Cotta Repair for Gardner Building, Ventura

Ventura, Ventura County
California, USA

The building was the location of the law offices of Earl Stanley Gardner, author of the “Perry Mason” series, during the period when he wrote the series while engaged in his own law practice. Situated in the heart of downtown Ventura and just down the hill from the San Buenaventura County Courthouse, the glazed facade had failed at multiple locations, and required specialized terra cotta surface repairs, patching, and faux painting to restore the veneer to its original appearance.

After preparation of repair areas, a very fine mortar was applied to coat each repair area of glaze loss, and the patch area sanded to yield a smooth surface. All unsound glaze material was removed in preparation for patching and repair. Surface patching mortar installed and finished, prior to application of final coating.

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