MMA Science Library Conservation Update

Wayne Morris fills pillow anchors that have been inserted into the Library's exterior walls.

Wayne Morris fills pillow anchors that have been inserted into the Library’s exterior walls.

The mason has cut into the crack that runs across the north façade of the building and around the east side all the way to where the east meets the southern façade.  Pillow anchors are being inserted and filled with grout.  He is blazing through his special wet saw blade due to the toughness and thickness of the stucco on the building – a special saw had to be purchased just for this project.  The photograph here shows him filling the pillow anchors – this part is easy compared to the sawing which requires a lot of his own strength to continually push the saw in to make the cuts (exhausting and not easy).

Keep posted with regular updates as the Science Library becomes the MMA’s new ecology lab/classroom and natural science collections storage on Maria Mitchell’s Attic.

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