This project involved a complete replacement and expansion of the large urban streetscape and crossing located just in front of the Maryland State Capital in Annapolis, Maryland, called Lawyers’ Mall.
This prominent plaza is a gathering point for legislators and attorneys working in the state Capital. The focal point of the plaza is a salvaged and restored limestone colonnade element from a previous design and a bronze statue of the late US Supreme Court Justice, Mr. Thurgood Marshall.
We worked closely with our partnered supplier to design, fabricate, and finally install over 10,000 sq. ft. of granite paving, steps, benches, and staircases to clad this streetscape. The granite pieces feature many custom finishes, which create a very uniform and bold appearance. This project is an excellent example of using and blending granite in an historic urban streetscape.
We carefully dismantled the Indiana limestone colonnade and pedestal and transported them to our marble shop for restoration. The stone was heavily soiled and required nearly two months of work, including cleaning, patching, and dutchman repairs.
The bronze statue of Justice Marshall, original to the Mall, was temporarily on display at a remote state office building plaza. Our skilled rigging team dismantled the statue and relocated it to its original setting. The rigging and crane operations at the newly renovated Mall were challenging due to the statute’s very tight tolerances and weight.
The project had many challenges. Being in a historic part of the city, the narrow streets and proximity to historic buildings were challenging from a crane operations and deliveries standpoint. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather influenced the work of our crews and fellow trades on site. Despite all that, the mall was dedicated as scheduled in December 2020.
Both the Owner and the architect are very pleased with the finished appearance.