We have been following the restoration of 245 Lenox (north of 122nd Street) for some time and some of the detail work on the facade now seems to be coming along. When restoring brownstone surfaces, a scratch coat is applied first to dry so that the second coat of concrete and sand mixture can adhere to it when the weather gets warm enough.
The top photo shows the workers analyzing a column out front that had its scratch coat covered in the stucco-like mixture (at left). The right column went through a similar process but had the fluted grooves carved in at some point. The amazing thing is that it's all done by hand, so this is truly an art form. The middle photo shows the same view yesterday and both columns are ready to go. One of the final steps would eventually tint the entire surface to the desired brownstone color. The last photo is the neighboring building at number 243 which has yet to go through this transformation. All photos by Ulysses