Work on the masonry of the clock tower is complete. The workers from Knowles Industrial Services have done a tremendous job repairing and restoring the clock tower, both inside and out.
This is a photo taken inside of the clock chamber of the tower before the work began. You don’t have to be a mason to see serious problems. The three layers of brick forming the circle around the clock face are visible at the bottom. The brick missing in the wall above was removed that day by a mason so the interior of the wall, which has three layers of bricks, could be examined.
What the mason and the structural engineer found that day led them to decide that the work could not wait until Spring. The work to save the tower began in February.
This photo was taken a few days ago (June 2015) in the same area of the tower, the clock chamber. Again, it doesn’t take a mason to see the difference. Amazing work. Knowles reused as many old bricks as possible and found new bricks that closely match the originals. They worked with a supplier to match both the color and hardness of the original mortar.
It turns out that repairing and restoring a century-old, masonry building is complicated and requires special skills.
The engineers and architects who have seen the building all
say that if we do this right, the building will last for at least another hundred years.