Mahan Hall Interior Restoration

Project Details:
Client:U.S. Naval Academy
City, State:Annapolis, MD
Sector(s):K-12 & Higher Education, U.S. Federal
Service(s) Performed:General Contracting

Restoration and preservation project in Mahan Hall on the Yard of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The project required a detailed study and assessment of environmental and other factors and conditions due to a complete deterioration and failure of painted plaster walls and ceilings.

The restoration included complete removal of all flat paint on the walls and ceilings without damaging the decorative ornamental plaster trim and molding.  Work effort was further complicated with the discovery of lead paint on the ceilings within the building and discovery of damaged plaster walls throughout upon removal of the paint from the walls.

Allen & Shariff Construction applied a new plaster wall and ceiling system by using a revolutionary new technique to ensure proper bond and adhesion to the old plaster lath walls. This new technique required prior approval by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to bring the interior of the building back to an era of historic significance during the early 1900’s.

This superbly executed project provided the client, United States Naval Academy, with a beautifully restored and historically accurate facility. The building, Mahan Hall, is a registered historic building on the grounds of the Academy and has thousands of visitors each year. This building is a highly ornamental facility and one in which the Academy can now take pride in following the historic restoration performed by Allen & Shariff.

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