Constructed in 1881 the Louisville Water Company Gatehouse sits between the two 53 million gallon reservoir basins. This historic structure contains the valves that control the flow of water in and out of the reservoir. In 2011 JRA was charged with the restoration of the building’s interior and exterior. This restoration includes cleaning and repairing the limestone and marble veneer, restoration of the original steel windows and cast iron grand stair. New lighting and electrical systems are also part of this restoration project.
As part of this restoration project, the design/restoration team performed extensive research into the materials to be used for the masonry restoration. The challenge was to find environmentally friendly materials that would not contaminate the reservoir basins or harm the original stone veneer. All of the cleaning agents that will be used on this project are water based chemicals and will not require special treatment of the water.
During the exterior restoration phase a custom scaffolding system will be designed to “Float” over the reservoir on the North and South facades’. This scaffolding system also lightly touch the exterior façade which will minimize the impact on the original structure.
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