Working what looks to be a great story.
The architect is Archetype Architects, Portland. Coastal Masonry and Contracting, Georgetown, is the mason contractor using PROSOCO products to clean the building’s walls.
Craig Wetmore, York Manufacturing took these great photos and alerted us to the project.
The barracks/hotel is part of Fort McKinley, built between 1891 and 1907 to defend Portland Harbor during the Spanish-American War. The Army retired the fort in 1945.
It’s now known as Diamond Cove and is mostly private property. Many of its buildings have been restored to become homes for some of the island’s 77-or-so year-round residents. A former storehouse is now the 5-star Diamond’s Edge Restaurant.
The barracks, however, remained untouched except by the heavy hands of time, and unoccupied, says Josh Cushman, Portland Builders, except for raccoons.
How bad was it?
“It had trees growing out of it, says Josh Cushman, Portland Builders. “The wood floors were demolished. One major wall was collapsed. People said we’d be better off tearing it down.”
But if these photos show anything, they show the resiliency of masonry, particularly in the hands of accomplished construction professionals — especially professionals using PROSOCO products, natch. Here, builders used Sure Klean Restoration Cleaner to remove the grit and grime of the ages so that repairs could be made.
Then Sure Klean 600 masonry cleaner removed excess mortar from the walls following those repairs.
The deteriorated state of the building isn’t the only challenge the builders are facing. Great Diamond Island has no road access so everything — people, equipment, products — all must arrive by boat.
“We use a big landing craft and drive the trucks on and off,” Josh said.
The Fort McKinley Historic District is listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is being restored to meet Federal historic standards, Josh said.
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