Built nearly 100-years ago in a Georgian Revival style, Virginia’s oldest continuously operating firehouse was not about to shut down during restoration of its façade. The project plan had to enable firefighters at Roanoke’s Fire Station #1 to provide services even as restoration crews and scaffolding covered the building.

A condition survey that showed that while the entire exterior needed to be restored, most of the masonry work would take place on the decorative front facade. The front of the fire station used hard-fired, polished brick and mortar joints as small as 1/8 inch. The rest of the building was regular clay brick with typical mortar joints.