An ambitious restoration in Ouray, Colo., saved the Beaumont Hotel, which was built in 1886, from the wrecking ball and reinstated it as the center of a revitalized town. The hotel had been vacant for more than three decades, and had suffered a roof collapse, deteriorating and water-damaged brickwork and plaster, and vandalism before the restoration process began.
Ouray Masonry and Concrete replaced some 20,000 brick, which came from a stockpile left over from the original construction. Each brick was individually selected to match the existing pattern so it wouldn’t look patched. The new mortar had to be dyed to match the natural discoloration of the original.