Category Archives: Ribbon

UPDATE: Tuckpointing Map

Just updated my google map. its not 100% compleate but with over 35 examples in the Ithaca, NY area and few outside it’s not so bad. What has been excluded is the many examples found under porches and paint in Ithaca, NY. Those examples really stain the eye. The map also does not include places where evidence is not aparent but architecturally would make sense to have tuckpointing. This is based on the facade and time of construction. There are other building in Ithaca, NY that more than likely had Tuckpointing (Bordman House) but were only repointed last century.

Tuckpointing Examples and where to find them

Tuckpointing: Women’s interfaith institute

While on a small trip to Women’s Rights National Historic Park, I couldn’t help myself and had to take a closer look at the church next door, located at 140 fall street, Seneca falls, NY.

While poking around I was approached by a woman working in the flower beds, who introduced herself as Allison Stokes, Founding Director of the Institute. She explained that the church caught on fire a number of years ago and suffered less from fire damage and more water damage from firefighters dousing the flames via a hole in the new roof.

The church itself was built in 1871 and has all the hallmarks of traditional Tuckpointing. The ribbons are almost all gone except in sheltered areas but interestingly on the façade a distinct cleaner area can be seen. This cleaner area follows a near plumb line on the face of some brick, indicating that the head joints or perp ribbons were laid directly on the face of the brick. Another interesting feature is that a few parts of the stopping mortar are vivid. However, this is only in isolated areas. Further investigation would be needed to determine the exact tuckpointing methods employed here.  Never the less it would look excellent restored to its former glory.

Tuckpointing: N. Plain St. and Seneca St.

Here is an example of some Tuckpointing done on the stone foundation of an INHS owned building at the corner of N. Plain St. and Seneca St.

While it might not obvious at first this work was meant to simulate well cut Ashlar stonework. What is interesting here is use of a straightedge to produce crisp 90° angles and sharp straight ribbons. Also, the work done here is not a crisp bead as in other examples but more of a true flat ribbon, which is more akin to tuckpointing associated with brickwork.

With this level of decay only a small portion of the original article is left behind and is clearly in need of a repointing campaign, and should be finished in a true tuckpointed finish.