By Jennifer Correia, Project Conservator
Principal David Wessel was quoted by the SF Chronicle a few weeks ago that “from the time we started, the message to me was to do the project right,” and our efforts continue to reflect that philosophy. It’s true it’s time consuming, but it’s fantastic to work in collaboration on this San Francisco landmark. You can read our earlier posts on this project here.
Work has continued on the first floor of the building, where the crew has been spending time on stabilization of the frescoes. The focus is on areas that have suffered from past water damage. Areas of flaking and efflorescence are visible on many of interior walls, mostly near the ceiling. “Efflorescence” refers to particular deposits of salt that water damage has left behind on a surface (in this case, the artwork itself).