Santa Fe Depot Exterior Restoration

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The Mission Revival–style Santa Fe Depot was constructed in 1918 as the Los Angeles headquarters for the Santa Fe Railroad. The Depot will again provide office space as San Bernardino County Transportation Authority occupies the second floor of the iconic building after a $15.1 million joint-rehabilitation effort with the City of San Bernardino.
To bring the Depot back to its former beauty, ESA inspected and analyzed the condition of the cement plaster exterior in order to develop three acceptable exterior finish restoration alternatives. We provided technical recommendations for the maintenance and repair of the exterior of the Depot using the preferred exterior finish restoration alternative in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The recommendation involved in the treatment process included:
• Exterior steam cleaning
• Crack repairs and patching
• Plaster mockups
• Fog-coating application
• In-kind repair and repainting of the exterior windows and woodwork
• Cleaning of the associated hardware
This effort beautifully restored the Depot’s historic appearance and, as a result, the building is now protected from further water damage. The fog-coating technique was a successful preservation treatment that met the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and the project received approval from the Office of Historic Preservation.

Specialized Services

  • Adaptive reuse and rehabilitation
  • Historic resources assessment and management
  • Historical investigations, documentation, and plans
  • Preservation treatment and architectural conservation plans

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