Seattle – General contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis has completed restoration of the 112,000 sq ft historic Joshua Green Building, in downtown Seattle.
Many of the historic features in the landmark 10-story building were unchanged since it was built in 1912, including terra cotta exterior, wood windows, the main lobby, and a stairway. Lewis refurbished and in many cases replicated new versions to match the existing elements. One office was “frozen in time,” providing a template for recreating historic elements such as window trim.
Terra cotta restoration included patching and cleaning pieces in place. A total of 178 damaged, unusable stones were recast to match the existing – a time-consuming, complex process involving shipping samples of 30 separate terra cotta designs to a specialty firm in Boston. The original center-pivot wood windows were removed and refurbished offsite. When necessary, this included recasting hardware, replacing glass, and replacing wood sash pieces.