Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler (completed 1896)
Hodgson Russ Attorneys LLP
In collaboration with
Flynn Battaglia, Architects
Louis Sullivan's most mature skyscraper design has a ruddy
terra cotta facade with an elaborate capital comprised of
the cornice, the frieze and a row of oculus windows.
Scope of work
- A digital video camera was used in conjunction with a
remote pan/zoom head on an adjustable boom mounted
to a custom-designed trolley. A video monitor allowed
the clients to view the conditions of the cornice fascia as
the work progressed. A fiberglass measuring tape taped
to the fascia served as a fiduciary line, to reference the
location of deteriorated areas.
- The deliverables included two copies of the video tape, in
VHS format and a roof plan.
Vertical Access provided a unique and inexpensive solution
to the inpection of the cornice fascia. Other solutions including
swing stage, would have been more time consuming
and expensive and potentially damaging to the cornice.
The video method allowed the architect to view the footage
as many times as necessary to fully understand the
extent and locations of the deterioration of the terra cotta.