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The Former Stock Exchange Building in Riga, Latvia

 

The scagliola conservation and reconstruction project


This project regards the former Stock Exchange Building in Riga, one of the Latvian capital’s typical and most historic buildings, which dates back to 1850. The wall coverings of the two main halls are covered in a top layer, achieved through the application of a gypsum-based technique called“scagliola”, with a final treatment applied in order to obtain the extremely smooth, perfectly polished and glossy appearance of marble. This imitation marble is very realistic. In 1979, the building was partially destroyed by a fire, resulting in the loss of several large areas of scagliola.


 

The building is currently undergoing a conservation and reconstruction project, which includes the following scientific research:

  • Investigation of the original materials and techniques
  • Examination and characterization of the decay conditions
  • Conservation survey and documentation (photographic and graphic)
  • Elaboration of the conservation program
  • Cleaning tests
  • Consolidation tests
  • Laboratory elaboration of products to be used in the reconstruction that are similar to and compatible with the original “scagliola”
  • Re-production and formulation of similar samples of products to be used in the re-construction
  • LaboratoriesTesting and evaluation of these ‘new’ materials (aging tests)
  • In situ evaluation of the samples of the ‘new’ materials
  • Monitoring and maintenance – recommendations to the user -

 

The results of the preliminary investigation are of utmost importance in deciding on the technical intervention and documentation and involve the close collaboration of conservator-scientists and the conservators-restorers.

 

Location: Riga, Latvia
Year: 2009 – 2011

 

Architect: Liesma Markova
General Contractor: RE & RE, RBSKALS