ABOUT STONE & LIME HISTORIC RESTORATION SERVICES
Restoration contractor Stone & Lime has a long track record of working on historic masonry projects spanning from Massachusetts to Texas. Patricia Pelchat and Kenneth Uracius started Stone & Lime Historic Restoration Services in 2004 to supply difficult-to-procure masonry restoration products to the historic preservation community.
As the use of, and demand for, these products increased within the restoration market, Stone & Lime Historic Restoration Services began providing labor services to help execute restoration projects. In 2016, Christopher Dabek joined the Stone & Lime team, bringing his knowledge of masonry restoration and building envelope restoration. In recent years Stone & Lime has been taking the role of general contractor, managing all trades of the projects and working directly with owners such as the National Park Service, the GSA, Harvard University, Bentley University, and Wellesley College among others. A few of the most notable projects are the JW McCormack Federal Courthouse in Boston, the restoration of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park, and the stabilization of Plymouth Rock.
As Stone & Lime Historic Restoration Services has undertaken more challenging projects as well as managing every aspect of them in recent years, it has consequently expanded its management team with seasoned historic preservation experts to increase its reach and capabilities. This has allowed Stone and Lime to pursuit larger more complex jobs, as well as having the experience and talent to manage subcontractors.
Stone & Lime Historic Restoration Services, true to its origins, has a sister company named Freedom Cement, LLC, which was started to continue to provide historically accurate materials to restoration contractors. In 2010 Freedom Cement resumed production of natural cement from Rosendale, New York. Freedom Cement currently produces natural cement from the Lawrence mine in Rosendale and is supplying mortar to iconic structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge in NY. Freedom Cement is the only supplier that publicly declares its natural cement rock is mined in Rosendale, NY and has full control of the production and distribution of natural cement from Rosendale, NY.
For more information about our manufacturing entity, visit freedomcement.com.
Ken has over 30 years of masonry restoration experience and has been involved with many significant historic restoration projects along the east coast as a contractor and consultant. He is an advocate for the use of historically accurate materials in restoration work and has played an instrumental role in the reintroduction of natural cement into the marketplace. Ken previously served on the board of directors of the Society for the Preservation of Historical Cements and has conducted traditional masonry material training workshops throughout the country.
Previously, Ken worked for Grande Masonry where he was involved with the masonry restoration of Fort Adams and Ochre Court in Newport RI and Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center in Southbridge, MA. As Project Manager/ Superintendent of the Special Projects Division at Consigli Construction Co., Ken was involved with landmark projects such as the restoration of the First Church of Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, the Old Chapel steeple restoration at UMASS Amherst and restoration of Alumni Hall at Brown University in Providence, RI.
CHRISTOPHER J. DABEK
As Vice President, Christopher establishes quality control measures and develops creative solutions to unique preservation challenges. He works closely with the owner, design and construction team from pre-construction through project close-out. Chris specializes in managing high-profile, complex preservation projects within both schedule and budget. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Construction Management where he is actively involved in the Construction Management Professional Advisory Board (CMPAB). During his career in preservation he has worked on many of the northeast’s most complex restoration projects including: The Bowdoin Chapel Towers Reconstruction, the Harvard Lowell House Danilov Russian Bell Exchange, the Victoria Mansion Tower Reconstruction, the Trinity College Long Walk Restoration, restoration of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Travelers Tower Rehabilitation and, most recently, work at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas and the Louisiana State Capitol. He is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Preservation Technology – Northeast Chapter (www.aptne.org). Since he started his employment with Stone & Lime Chris has managed and overseen key projects such as the Louisiana State Capitol, JW McCormack Federal Courthouse, Fort Jefferson Lighthouse, High Bridge, Plymouth Pilgrim Meeting House, Plymouth Rock, among others.
PATRICIA A. PELCHAT
Pat started the company on a part-time basis after acquiring a Natural Hydraulic Lime distributorship from Virginia Limeworks located in Monroe, VA. She managed, controlled and performed all business activities through 2004. In 2005, she discontinued the lime product line and the company began providing masonry restoration contracting and consulting services on a full time basis. She hired a restoration expert to handle field operations while she continued to manage, control and perform the daily operations of the business. Notable projects include the Emergency Shoring of Front 3 at Fort Jefferson, Usonian House and Tourism Center located in Lakeland, FL, Fort Jefferson Phase II in the Dry Tortugas. FL, Loggerhead Lighthouse Roof and Light Room Restoration located in Garden Key, FL and the exterior restoration of 11 Spring Street in New York, NY.