The original mortar from the 1920s and 1930s has degraded due to age and weathering, as well as the 2011 earthquake.
Cracks in the old mortar allow water to penetrate the joins and damage the stone as well as create costly problems in the Memorial’s interior. The tower is being completely re-pointed (re-mortared) by our crew. Watch as they perform this work on the scaffolding outside the 6th floor, home of the Louis A. Watres Library. These two videos show our crew in action.
To learn how you can participate in our building restoration and improvement project, visit our page about the Landmark Century Campaign.