After seeing some other Tuckpointing in Seneca Falls, NY, I was driving past this interesting church and decided to poke around. The small placard says that the stone tower was added in 1882 but I am not sure if all the stone and brick were added then or not. Either way its safe to say that the Tuckpointing is at least this from 1882. This pictures show the masonry elements that reflect similar architecture with tuckpointing in the area, and would fall in line with tuckpointing on churches in the region. The evidence on this façade is slim. However, it is faintly noticed as a bed joint under some of the corbelled brickwork and only a few inches remain around the doorway.
The address for this structure is 4350 Ovid street (NY-414) Fayette, NY 13065
Even when masonry is not the focus of buildings architecture, the necessity of a chimney provides an opportunity for high quality details to be carried out. In this case Tuckpointing was well executed on the brick chimney. While this expression of the masonry craft is a little tarnished, details are still well preserved on under the eaves, where protection from the elements is greatest. Take note that on the face of the chimney with the greatest exposures; the tuckpointing is nearly completely gone, leaving behind only the unifying red colorwash. This gives a muted appearance and an undoubtable suggestion that perhaps the best approach to “fixing” this artwork is to simply paint it red, as was once done in the past to the section above the roof line. Such practices can accelerate decay by causing excess moisture to be trapped in the masonry units (i.e. Brick) and lead to spalling and of course peeling paint.
Also not if you zoom in closely, there a small amount of tuckpointing on the stone Foundation
Last summer in 2015 Randy Ruth worked with Historic Ithaca to through its Work Preserve program, and collaborated with Friends of Ithaca Cemetery to bring two pairs of youth volunteers to help repair nearly 40 various monuments. Ithaca Journal ran an article about the restoration campaign.
You can read about it here…
You can see a list of all the documented repairs with before and after photos here…
The work done on this foundation is far from being in great condition or of the highest caliber. However, that doesn’t mean it should get a mention and be recorded. Here some photos from the west facing elevation of the foundation. It should be noted that there was nothing noticeably preserved on the east side. However, there is clear evidence of black stopping mortar that has weathered relatively well.