What is “pointing” and why would a building need to be “repointed”?
A problem anticipated in any masonry structure is the eventual deterioration of the mortar in the joints between the stones and bricks, called “pointing”. In order to retain the stones or bricks in place and to prevent water infiltration, missing mortar should be replaced, and the term for this replacement is “repointing” or “tuckpointing.”
Repointing, if not executed properly, can be disastrous to a building’s function and appearance. A bad repointing job can ruin the neat, even appearance of a masonry wall and cause poor bonding between the mortar and the masonry, which occurs when the mortar is not properly mixed, the joints are not cleaned out effectively, or an excessively hard mortar shrinks and allows water penetration. In a good repointing job, the new mortar matches the existing mortar in color, hardness, and joint profile.
If your building needs repointing, we have an instructional guide with information on the permitting process available here: http://goo.gl/otRNSh.
For decades, the Williamsburgh (with an “H”) Savings Bank was the tallest building in Brooklyn, its domed tower soaring 512 feet above the street. In 1929, the bank moved its headquarters from Broadway in Williamsburg to this site on Atlantic Avenue in Fort Greene. The skyscraper’s monumental four-faced clock was one of the largest in the world at the time of completion. (Photos: MCNY)
A very brave photographer documenting the window washers on the Empire State Building in 1936. Watch them in action: http://goo.gl/SPjowo. Warning: paneful puns ahead!
A fire escape zigzagging across a building facade is an iconic New York image. Builders had their choice of many styles, from simple and functional to ornate and intricate designs; among those choices were these three from the 1904 J.L. Mott Iron Works catalog. (NYPL)
Chrysler Building visible from atop the Empire State Building construction site, 1931. Safe to say this worker didn’t have a fear of heights! (MCNY)
Forgotten New York calls 387 St. Paul’s Avenue “possibly the most gorgeous private dwelling in Staten Island and a contender for most beautiful building in NYC.” What do you think?
Read more about the history of the house (and peek inside!):http://goo.gl/XMPQob
The inner steel frame of Central Park West’s Majestic apartment building on display during construction in 1931. (MCNY)