EDiS Company worked on behalf of the Delaware Historical Society (DHS) to complete repairs they needed done on The Annex building directly adjacent to their research library and archives at 505 North Market Street. Cement covering the upper portion of the facade had fallen onto the unoccupied street below, and DHS was concerned that the remainder might eventually fall too. EDiS Company was contracted to safely remove the cement covering from the three remaining medallions.
Referencing historical photos, DHS knew that there was something hidden beneath the three cement coverings. The EDiS Service/Maintenance Team realized this wasn’t just a simple cement removal job but a restorative one, one that would require great care. The three medallions carved into limestone with intricate details and symbols would need to be exposed.
The team barricaded the street below for safety before beginning a two-day renovation. They used chippers and saws to carefully remove the remaining cement before power-washing and brushing the limestone. With the polishing and refinishing of the limestone medallions completed, the building was restored to its former glory, just as it had been 90 years ago.
“EDiS helped us reveal a lovely, hidden historic feature. We’ve had lots of comments from people who are delighted to see some history they didn’t know about.”
David Young Executive Director, Delaware Historical Society