You know how we love history!
Well we got the chance to work on a terrazzo polishing project at a stunning building in Thompson, CT last week. The original Tourtellotte Memorial High School building, which exists today as administrative offices for the school system, was built in the Greek Revival style. The cornerstone was laid in 1907 and the school opened in 1909.
The school is named in memory of Dr. Jacob F. Tourtellotte. Tourtellotte was a ship’s surgeon in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. The school also houses a small museum, called the “Memorial Room” which contains portraits of Tourtellotte and his family, and some of their possessions. It is maintained by the local historical society, and is usually open to the public for tours one Sunday per month.
We were contracted to start with just the second floor terrazzo, but they were so happy with the results that they are having us back to do the rest next month!!! Check out the photos below of the original terrazzo restored to a beautiful shine.