It’s a sobering proposition to take an electric grinder, hammer and chisel to a structure that has been at the center of public life in your town for over a hundred years and begin to cut it everywhere.
The restoration of the Lancaster Central Market had been a dream of city planners for years and they spent considerable time and money in planning and designing the work.
The Witmer Group was part of the team who provided the meticulous restoration of the building.
During the process, a large portion of the brick around this base had to be removed and replaced. If a brick was too badly eroded it had to be replaced with hand made replacements. The mortar for laying the replacement brick and for repointing was a pure natural lime mortar specially blended with a very fine dark sand shipped in from New Jersey. This mortar is made from limestone deposits in France that had been used by the Romans two thousand years ago in the building of the aqueducts and other buildings of antiquity and now used in the restoration of the Lancaster Central Market in the skilled hands of The Witmer Group craftspeople.