Peachtree Construction Services was contracted by by H.G. Reynolds of Aiken, SC to to renovate the exterior facade of the historic Tubman Middle School and it's two gate houses.
Originally Tubman High School, the school is an outstanding example of the Beaux Arts style architecture popular during the early 20th century for public buildings. The 3-story brick building features a symmetrical front façade, pedimented entrance with engaged columns, cornice dentils, and terra cotta ornamentation.
PCS wrapped the front of the school with scaffolding and began the restoration and cleaning at the central pediment. Several pieces of terra cotta were missing, broken or cracked as well as the gate house barrel clay roofs needed replaced. PCS located an old terra cotta firm in the UK to fabricate the missing and damaged pieces necessary to repair and reconstruct the facade. The ornate shield required multiple casts before firing the new replacement shield.
Piece by piece withhundreds of component parts, the pediment, facade and columns were restored and cleaned after a a century of weathering and neglect. The building reopened in 2011 as The Tubman Education Center.