Mckinney Historical Building
Using a high performance Venetian Plaster coating designed for adding durability and strength to the cementitious properties. An decorative plaster coating imported from Italy. Construction Project, interior resurfacing and renovation.
Scope of Work: Restoring the integrity of the interior plaster. Removing multiple layers of paint coatings. Preserving the historical walls, stabilizing the surface.
Product: Aquarello (Italian Decorative Coating) – Primer: Designed to strengthen the stucco, a breathable penetrating primer specifically formulated for concrete, stucco, and cement based aggregates. Finisher: A thin transparent latex decorative coating.
Non Historical Walls: Decorative plasters
Architect: Designed by F.E. Ruffini
Style: Victorian Italianate
Location: Mckinney, Texas Collin County, located a half block from the main square.
Prison History: The last legal execution took place in this building in 1922. E. Steep convicted of killing a man, sinking his corpse in a well. With no permanent gallows a makeshift plank was used at the top level window.
Prisoners Included: Frank James (Jesse James Brother) Ray Hamilton member of the Barrow Gang, and Charles “Tex” Watson.
Other Restoration: Painting and Preparation of all the wood surfaces. Lathe Scratch coat wall.
Part of the inmates jobs were to paint the walls, using whatever could be found in town. Here this picture shows traces of aluminum paints and sealers, preventing the breathable of the surfaces. Prior to our renovation you could taste the metal and paints that were trapping the surfaces from natural ventilation.
The inmates would carve there initials in the walls.
After removing the chemical paints we renewed the surfaces with a thin protective layer of Aquarello primer and finisher.
This building was a restaurant about ten years ago. We remodeled for the new owners in preparation for a book store and coffee bar. Ironically, today this historical prison is a Law firm.
Plasters of Italy is located in Mckinney, Texas and provides custom painting, fuax finishes and Venetian Plaster to the Dallas area.