The Bok Tower was completed in 1929 as a public monument for the people of the United States by an immigrant from the Netherlands. The purpose of the tower was to express his gratitude to the country for allowing him and his family to prosper. Renowned Philadelphia architect Milton Medary designed the monument as a central focal point and a house for one of the most significant carillon bell sets in the US. The Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
We were contracted to perform an on-site assessment of the Bok Tower in July of 2015. The major cause of accelerated decay of the structure is moisture infiltration. Through many different observed conditions, we found there was no ventilation or drainage of the space between the brick back up wall and the stone veneer.
We performed detailed condition assessments on all elements of the Bok Tower. These assessments included condition reports on the exterior masonry, Yellin iron work, Enfield pottery and tile and marble sculptures. We documented their assessments and provided the client with detailed immediate and intermediate treatment recommendations for the upkeep of the tower.