Restore and repair the granite base of the George Washington Statue located in the Public Garden in downtown Boston. The base of the statue appeared to be settling and had suffered from vandalism.
After an investigation in which the interior of the base was excavated, CBI determined that the base was supported on wood piles with granite block pile caps. It appeared that the piles were in good condition and that the deterioration was due to water infiltration and the freeze/thaw process. The solution was to reset the large pieces of granite and reinforce the interior with stainless steel braces that stabilized the material. In order to install the bracing, the statue had to be removed temporarily. New granite column capitals were fabricated to match those missing as well. The entire bronze statue was restored with a new patina and finish.