South facade of City Hall with damaged bricks removed.
The Doyenne Begins to Reveal Her Secrets
Bit by bit, as the sealant is removed and the damaged brick taken away, the grand old gal is beginning to tell us fascinating snippets of her life story. The most surprising so far is what we are learning about the brick laying technology employed in her construction. Removing the outer layer of brick revealed no air gap/weeping space between the inner core of bricks and the skin. Instead, a very unique bonding method was employed. Where ever you see a row of darker, more reddish brick, it is the site of a clever technique for uniting the core to the skin, i.e. a bonding of two wythes (widths). Those darker red bricks are shaped to have a point jutting out the back. Bricks of the same course in the inner wythe are set in on a diagonal to form a v shape recieving gap. You can see a partial row of this "dog tooth" technique to the right of center in the photo. Just above you can see the end of a newly revealed iron restraining rod. This one was not decorated with an escutcheon (decorative face plate). To see more pictures of the restoration go the the Restoration page.
"Friends" is now a 501 (c) 3 corporation.
Friends of City Hall is a new organization dedicated to preserving City Hall. "Friends" is a non-profit organization and an application for tax exempt status is pending. Anyone interested in architecture, its preservation and restoration, history of Marine City or simply someone who loves this old building is encouraged to join.
For those wishing to make a small contribution while out and about in town, a series of what we call "Mason's Jars" are positioned near cash registers at a varietyof shops. Please see the Contributions Page for a list of locations.