Joliet Central High School

Joliet-HS-300Joliet Central High School

201 East Jefferson Street

Joliet, IL 60432

Built: 1901

Original Architect: F.S. Allen

Restoration Architect: Mary Brush, Brush Architects, LLC


Building History
The original core of Joliet Township High School was constructed in 1901 of ‘Collegiate Gothic’ architectural expression and clad with a combination of rusticated Joliet Lemont Limestone and carved Indiana Bedford limestone framing the window and door openings and parapet wall crenelations.  The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and is also a Will County Landmark.  Additions were constructed in 1917, 1922, 1924, 1931, 1990 in a similar architectural expression and cladding material.


Preservation and Building Pathology Challenges
The 1917 addition will be enclosed within a 2014-15 addition to the building.  The facade will be showcased within a light filled atrium space.  The design architect, Wight Co, retained Brush Architects to design the masonry restoration and cleaning of the facade components to be enclosed within the addition.


Design Solution

The diagnosis of the spalling pattern at the limestone tracery required hand on inspection provided by boom lift and pipe scaffold.  All stones were surveyed, sounded, and documented for spalls, cracks, or other deficiencies.  The anchorage was determined to be the cause of the spalling as the ferrous metals were corroding on the back side of the stone, forcing the stone outward in the form of cracks and spalls.  The fragility of the Joliet Lamont limestone requires special handling for the cleaning process.  the natural yellowing of the stone is a patina that is desirable to retain for the complexity of the natural coloration of the facade.  Cleaning methods were tested and one was approved for effectiveness of the cleaning as well as the minimal effect on the patina. Extensive bedford limestone replacement will match the original stone in character, dimension, and tooling. The work scope will include the wall section to be affected by the addition.  The work is expected to be complete August 2014.  The building will remain occupied for the duration of the restoration.