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Maclay Street Restoration for the PA Farm Show

Maclay Street Restoration for the PA Farm Show

April 16, 2015
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Construction is set to begin this month on restoration of the historic Maclay Street facades of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

This is the initial part of a multi-phase project which will provide full restoration of the facades and provide a fix for current water penetration issues through the historic mason and decorative cast-stone elements.

The Maclay Street facades are the most characteristic and memorable facades of the extensive complex, containing very unique, detailed decorative frieze bands which display a whimsical parade of livestock moving toward the Pennsylvania State Coat of Arms.

The Maclay entrance itself was originally the main entrance of the Farm Show, and its Art Deco ornaments were designed to create an identity for the Farm Show and make it a memorable, thematic destination for visitors. This was the first building constructed, and opened its doors on January 19th, 1931.

The challenges of this undertaking involve removing and salvaging the historic cast-stone elements and bricks, installing metal flashings which are compatible with the historic masonry components, and carefully reconstructing the parapets and beautiful frieze bands without changing their appearance.

The finished project will keep all of the history and beauty of the current building, but will protect and seal it for long-term sustainability, so that people can enjoy it when visiting the ever-popular PA Farm Show Complex for years to come. SAAarchitects is honored to be a part of this significant and gratifying venture.

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