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Eastern Columbia Building

The Eastern Columbia Building is of one of the iconic facades of the LA landscape. Completed in 1929 in a distinctive Deco style of glazed blue-green terra cotta, it began life as a department store before going through an all-too-common cycle of multiple alternative uses before redevelopment as housing in 2005. The upper portions of the building facade displayed widespread glaze failure, especially at the clock tower. As with many masonry failures, this decay mechanism was related to moisture directly related to the intrusion of moisture and rain. Alkaline salts deposited on the bisque surface are irrefutable signs of moisture migrating from the interior masonry backup wall. As the moisture forces its way out of the substrate, it 'pops' or spalls the impervious glazed surface during its escape. Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Columbia_Building

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The Art Deco facade of the 1930 Eastern Columbia Building was clad in glazed terra cotta, but material failure due to moistu
The upper portions of the building facade displayed widespread glaze failure, especially at the clock tower.
After preparation of the glaze failure areas, it was necessary to first coat the repair area with a thin-bodied repair morta
We also installed stainless steel friction pins in dislodged terra cotta decorative screen elements.

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