Barton & Associates, LP
Former hospital complex built from 1921 to 1939, covering an entire city block, abandoned for several years.
The project architect for this planned condominium conversion needed a plan to salvage, as economically as possible, a failing wall. The lack of window flashing led to rainwater saturation of the building, resulting in pieces of the brick veneer cascading to the sidewalk/street below.
SCOPE OF SERVICE
- Conduct inspections and assessments, particularly of the exterior envelope, as part of the due diligence phase of the redevelopment project.
- In-depth investigation of the façade, masonry veneer, fenestration, and twenty-seven (27) roofs to identify conditions requiring repair, remediation, or demolition. All of which was needed in order to complete the redevelopment design.
- We recommended that eight of the roofs be completely replaced due to deteriorated materials, poor repairs, drainage issues, and long-term design deficiencies.
- Stabilization of the brick veneer was required. We recommended pinning the outer layer of brick to the inner layer as replacing the exterior veneer was cost prohibitive.
- An important decorative element and architectural detail was the glazed terra cotta ornamentation. With minor cosmetic repair, we recommended it be conserved.
- Demolition of several of the minor buildings was recommended.
Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as determined by the Philadelphia Historical and Museum Commission - 1999.