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Owl's Club 
County Courthouse 
St Thomas Church 
De Concini Bldg 
Fertitta Residence 
Green Valley Library 
Water Tower 
Kwasman Residence 
Peninsula Hotel 
Private Residence 
Christie's Auction 
Cher Residence 
Wooley Residence 
Bisbee High School 
Micek Residence 
Miller Residence 
Lancashire Res 
Mozart Residence 
Assenmacher Res 
Weintraub Res 

 

 

1986 Restoration of the
Cochise County Courthouse

Original Architect: Roy Place
Bisbee, Arizona

In 1986, Robert Boucher was asked to restore an art deco facade originally created for Cochise County at the Bisbee Courthouse.

The original precast concrete facade had used iron rebar as reinforcement within the castings. This iron armature rusted as water made ingress into the castings via the numerous small checks and cracks that had accumulated over time due to the facades' lack of maintenance.

Iron Oxide can expand up to 10 times the size of the parent metal. Because of this, the rusting rebar expanded and forced the concrete to fragment and literally dropped a large section of the facade on the courthouse steps. Fortunately, no one had reason to bring a lawsuit in this case!

 

 

DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL DAMAGE

 

 
In addition to the corrosion of the rebar armature, the steel attachment ties had also rusted through leaving the 4000 pound sculptures tetering on their supporting ledge.

This instability was resolved by using 18" x 1/2" threaded stainless steel rods, core drilled into the poured concrete walls of the courthouse and injected with epoxy.

In response to this condition, our current rebar armatures are now coated with a special epoxy coating to prevent oxidation of the steel.

 

THE RECREATION PROCESS

 

 

 The salvageable fragments of the facade were epoxied back into their respective positions and the missing areas were recreated by sculpting a matching concrete and polymer admixture identical in texture and pigment to the original.

 

THE REPAIRED FACADE