Category Archives: History

Biography of Andrew L deGruchy

A Quotable Quote: Why you should send your kids to Trade School… “My mother has always been unhappy with what I do, She would much rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.” … Mick Jagger REDBOOK MAY 1992 Click here to learn more about the specific Trade School that Andy deGruchy lived at […]

Repointing A Historic New Jersey Home

Historic masonry restoration completed by the Technical Install Team of LimeWorks.us in Moorestown, New Jersey. This circa 1790 historic brick home was repointed using Ecologic™ Mortar. Ecologic™ Mortar is made with Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) and contains NO harmful Portland Cement. The use of Portland Cement to repoint historic buildings will cause premature degradation which […]

Mineral Paints and Stains Make a Breathable and Durable Mural on a Historic Building

1 man 560 hours 28 days 1 Beautiful/ Durable/ Breathable Mural Jim Gloria of the Totts Gap Art Institute completed the first of the murals for the Bangor Heritage Mural Project in Bangor PA. Using breathable silicate paints and stains, Jim created a beautiful piece of art that will succeed and stand strong against sun […]

“Soft Reds and Hard Tans” Exploring Historic Masonry Architecture in the French Quarter

New Orleans. It’s quite the town especially during the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, known as Carnival. Technically beginning on January 6th and concluding on the day before Ash Wednesday (aka Fat Tuesday), the long celebration is concentrated on the final few weeks, giving rise to more frequent parades and events.  Granted I had […]

Restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City with Ecologic™ Mortar

In the heart of what is now Chinatown on the Lower East Side in Manhattan lives the Eldridge Street Synagogue. A very important Jewish Synagogue built in the late 1800s, it was the first synagogue to be built by the Eastern European Jews emigrating from Russia, Romania and Poland. The synagogue flourished for its first […]

Historic Fabric melded with Traditional Mortar at the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City

Blocks from the World Trade Center Memorial and the construction site of the new World Trade Center sits a half acre patch grass dedicated to raising awareness of the Great Irish Famine. This memorial was under construction on September 11, 2001 when the Twin Towers fell. The memorial was saved that day, simply because of […]