Innovation Academy Charter School
Masonry and Monumental Stair Replacement
Built circa 1924, the English Revival Style building is constructed of wood framing with solid load baring masonry walls, cast stone accents and wood double-hung window frames. The Monumental stairs are original to the building and constructed of granite block walls and stair treads with cast stone railings and landings. Deterioration of cast-stone accents, masonry walls and granite created safety concerns, and caused the closing of the monumental stairs.
Review of previous Historic Structure Reports (HSRs) and repair histories of the building including available architect and structural drawings
Exterior envelope evaluation of the masonry walls and monumental stairs
In-depth analysis of the existing conditions, identifying sources of moisture infiltration and outlining the repair alternatives; recommendations based on a preservation approach; railings and cast stone accents will be restored to their original profiles
Observations and recommendations were summarized in an evaluation report, including photo documentation and cost estimate
IACS elected to proceed with masonry repairs, cast stone restoration and replacement of monumental stair handrails to be historically replicated