​Union Trust Mosaic Restoration Project

This spring I was contacted to take a look at a damaged mosaic in the Union Trust Building.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Trust_Building_(Pittsburgh)

 

A section of one of the entryway ceiling mosaics had been damaged and was in need of repair. The scope of the project will require people with different skill sets. After a bit of time, a team was put together. Harry “the plaster”, Tim Danehy doing the CAD work, and Justin Steiner doing the photography, Tessa Klevens researching the history. With their help, I will be able to recreate a mosaic in the entryway of the Union Trust building!

 

Here is us up in the “work area” up on scaffolding three stories high.

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 Justin Steiner photographing the mosaic

Matching the design and creating a template will be our first task. Tim and Justin will collaborate to make a layout for me to work off of.

Union Trust Restoration Elizabeth Klevens and Tim Dam Danehy under mosaic to be repaired

 Tim Danehy and I discussing the project. Photo by Justin Steiner.

The ceiling arch is divided into four sections with a mirrored image of a Heraldic Shield in each quadrant.  

This is one of the entry ways that is not damaged. Each entryway has a large domed mosaic. This is the William Penn Place entrance.

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  This is one of the entry ways that is not damaged. Each entryway has a large domed mosaic. This is the William Penn Place entrance.

The mosaic to be repaired is on the Oliver Ave. side. The scaffolding was only accessible by a ladder until a few weeks ago.

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 Now, access is thru a window which has been removed and a stairway that leads into the enclosed space just under the mosaic.

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