Justin J. Simmons

Plaster artisans work in Baltimore to restore landmark structures through the region

Plaster artisans work in Baltimore to restore landmark structures through the region

A Remington warehouse has become a hospital for ailing landmarks. A handful of artisans here repair the damage of time, leaking roofs, earthquakes and fires.

A sign at 2700 Sisson St. announces the home of Hayles and Howe. Within the company’s walls, skilled practitioners are performing some artful plaster surgery.

In the firm’s white powdery working chamber, a new ceiling and fancy rosettes created for the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House are making their debut, ready for the applause when the 1908 hall reopens as a Live Nation concert venue late this year.

Others workers were busy on a recent day emptying bags of plaster of Paris and adding water to create a new...

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