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Independence Hall: Tower Restoration

Independence Hall, the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted, was originally constructed in 1753.  The refurbishment consisted of: the restoration of the historic architectural elements, complete replacement of HVAC, sprinkler and electrical systems, window restoration, structural repairs, interior renovations and restoration of the iconic clock tower.

Overall Cost / $4,900,000
Owner / US Department of the Interior National Park Service
Architect / Bargmann, Hendrie + Archetype, Inc.
Project Status / Completed in 2012

For the Clock Tower restoration, Keating repointed and replaced damaged brick masonry, and restored and painted window sashes, frames, and doors. Carpentry repairs included painting and caulking on all exposed wood decorative elements over the full height of the tower. This project also required reinforcing the new clock faces, bracing all building elevations, refurbishing the historic urns, and replacing the supporting weathervane structures.