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Combining the practicality of modern repairs with the eye of an artist, Durable Restoration’s stone masons preserve the aesthetic appeal of our nation’s historic buildings.
“The trick to a good stone repair is identifying the features of the stone and how light plays off it,” said Jason Lee, Durable’s expert in stone masonry. “I’m basically measuring in three dimensions and carving off the right amount to get the desired result.”
Durable Restoration’s expertise extends to a variety of stone repairs and sculpting such as Dutchman stone repair, which replaces the damaged section of stone with matching stone (as close to the original as possible). Another option is using a flexible two-part adhesive to reattach the broken piece to the stone structure. A third option is stone patching with more refined materials like Cathedral Products or Edison Coatings.
“I’m essentially copying what someone did hundreds of years ago and that can change from stone to stone,” said Lee, who has 21 years of experience in historic masonry. “We always make slight adjustments to match the original.”
In addition to repair techniques, Durable Restoration has worked on a variety of stone material such as limestone, sandstone, brownstone, marble, granite, architectural concrete, ceramic tile and terra cotta.
While skill and experience with stone is important, Lee said it’s just as important to do the proper research. If masons do not follow the historical guidelines, the repairs can often do more damage to the original structure.
“I’m obsessed with doing it right, which is why 70% of my job is research,” said Lee, who attended the Columbus College of Art & Design. “It’s a mix of doing your homework and applying that in the field.”
Examples of Durable Restoration projects include All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick, Maryland, and the Newnan/Hubbard Street Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida. The bridge project won the Best Bridge Category from the Florida Transportation Builders Association and placed 6th nationwide in Roads and Bridges Magazine.
For the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Florida, stone masons casted, molded and carved various sections of terra cotta to repair a ledge and column. For a soldier’s monument in Circleville, Ohio, stone masons carved sandstone medallions to match the historical version, using a photo illustration.
“These buildings have lasted for generations,” Lee said. “My work should add life to that building. If it can’t last another 50 years, you’re not doing it right.”
Jason Lee has more than 21 years of experience in masonry, which includes 11 years with Durable Restoration. Before joining Durable, Jason ran his own masonry business and attended the Columbus College of Art & Design.