Award Winner: Martone Service Company Inc.

Company Location: Narragansett, RI

The Rhode Island State House is known as the most magnificent building in Providence, Rhode Island. It boasts the fourth largest unsupported marble dome in the world, behind Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Minnesota State Capitol, and the Taj Mahal. One of the crown jewels of this historic landmark is the large mural which fills the entire dome on the building’s interior and depicts Rhode Island’s early history. Martone Service Company restoration project originated when a roof hatch was left open and a significant portion of the mural suffered substantial water damage. After winning the bid, a detailed safety plan and 200 feet of freestanding scaffolding where implemented. The scope of the work increased after additional issues were discovered and scope adjusted. The process of removing deteriorated plaster, creating new plaster molds and duplicating originals began. Plan highlights included the use of negative air filtering machines, conservation cleaning, a conservation preservationist and reattaching historic paint. This was accomplished in a tight time line of 120 days with talented artist at times working double shifts. In recognition of Martone Service Company’s award-worthy work the State of Rhode Island stated: “Given the complexity of the project, and significant obstacles and challenges that were overcome within a very tight timeline, we couldn’t have asked for a better partner. We are extremely pleased with the work and professionalism of the Martone team.” Congratulations to Martone Service Company on your hard work and adaptability in completing your project. Your attention to detail has earned you the 2017 PCA PIPP Award for Commercial Restoration Interior.