CHICAGO, IL – Brick at the top of the masonry wall is being removed today in preparation for the installation of a bond beam. The bond beam will provide structural support for the wall during the replacement of the steel.
CHICAGO, IL – Scaffolding has been removed and the concrete repairs to the decks and the beams has been completed! The limestone lintel on the south face of the tower (seen in the photos below) was extremely compromised in the fire, leaving the structural integrity questionable. The lintel was removed and replaced with a concrete beam. The existing concrete beam below the lintel was also removed and replaced with concrete. Each level of the bell tower received concrete patching in areas where the fire damage was the greatest.
These photos show before and after. How wonderful it is to see the progress!