asylum hill congregational church

Historic Facade Restoration

Contract Value: $1,800,000.00

Project Highlights:           

  • Removal of coping stones, fabrication and installation of through wall flashings installation of existing coping stones using dowels.
  • Cutting and pointing of the entire façade.
  • Patching of deteriorated brownstone on the entire façade.
  • Miscellaneous Dutchman replacement on the façade.
  • Fabrication and installation of new stone.
  • Washing of entire masonry facade to remove staining and construction debris.
  • Removal and replacement of slate roof on the main Church.
  • Miscellaneous replacement of missing, cracked and loose slate shingles with new slate shingles on the adjacent office building.
  • Removal of existing gutters, fabrication and installation of new copper gutters.
  • Miscellaneous caulking and painting. 
  • Miscellaneous replacement and patching of sidewalks.
  • Managed and oversaw subcontractors, such as slate roof installation.

Owner: Asylum Hill Congregational Church

Established in 1865 and included parishioners, such as Mark Twain, Asylum Hill Church is one
of Hartford’s Largest Brownstone structures.  Age and exposure to the elements caused
deterioration to the exterior facade.  G.L. Capasso Inc. was selected as the masonry restoration
specialty contractor.

The exterior masonry restoration consisted of sandstone patching throughout the church, using custom blended M70 Jahn patching mortar. Prior to the project commencement, a mock-up training session was held by Cathedral Stone to properly train and certify all field personnel associated with the project. The process involved chipping out cracked our deteriorated stone to a solid, sound substrate. The face of the stone was then rebuilt to look like the original material.

The project included 100% tuckpointing of all the stone to stone mortar joints. We also performed miscellaneous brick repointing, caulking of all window and door perimeters, window repairs and painting, lead abatement and pressure washing. The Bell Tower louvers were also restored. The work included the patching of 6,150 deteriorated brownstone pieces. 
G.L. Capasso Inc. managed and oversaw subcontractors, such as scaffolding, slate roof
and lighting protection contractors.

Contact G.L. Capasso, Inc. for more information.