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Honorable Mention: Special Projects Category

The F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
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Berwick, Pennsylvania

Submitted by Masonry Preservation Services, Inc.

F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing ArtsThe F. M. Kirby Center’s main entrance is a two-story, steel-framed structure, clad with glazed architectural terra-cotta. Above the second floor ceiling a 10 ft+ (3 m) high attic, along with a central tower topped by a 10 ft ± (3m) parapet, combine to make the structure’s total height equivalent to five stories. The building’s design follows the art deco style of architecture which was popular during the early 20th century.

Hundreds of original terra-cotta panels were restored with a proprietary repair system. This work, including sounding and removal of debonded glaze, surface preparation, patching, application of base-coat color, and hand-dabbing with highlight colors to achieve the original appearance of the mottled terra-cotta finish, was completed by the contractor. When complete, original terra-cotta glaze, patched surfaces, and glass fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) provided a seamless approximation of the original facade.

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