Parliament Buildings – Ottawa, Canada

Natural Hydraulic Lime mortars are being used for the restoration of Canada’s historic Parliament Buildings. This is one of Canada’s largest restoration projects. Construction first started in 1860, and now consists of several buildings. The restoration project first started in 2002 and is now focused on the three core historic buildings, the West Block, Centre Block, and East Block. St. Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime mortar can guarantee that the building will continue to live a healthy life and allow the masonry to behave as it should.


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Parliament of Brittany – Rennes, France

This masterpiece of XVII century French architecture was nearly destroyed by fire in 1994. Its complete restoration and reconstruction lasted three years, using Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime in all phases of masonry, plaster and render.

Parliament Of Brittany

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Pont du Gard – Provence, France

Pont du Gard (Bridge over the Gard River) is a monumental bridge-aqueduct built by the Romans during the first century and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It was part of a 30-mile long aqueduct with a remarkable constant slope of 15 inches per mile. The bridge was built without mortar and with local stones, some weighing 6 tons, except for the aqueduct area at the top, where smaller stones and mortar were used. Extensive restoration work took place recently using Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes for the aqueduct and other various stones.


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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a well-known New York City landmark that is undergoing a large restoration effort. The Cathedral was completed in 1878. Restoration work includes cleaning and repointing all exterior stonework and repairing the stained glass windows. is supplying all of the lime mortar using their Ecologic Mortar (SCG) F, which is made from St. Astier natural hydraulic lime and sand.

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Earth Chapel, Hollywood Hills, California

The Earth Chapel project in the Hollywood Hills of California features 3 coats of NHL and 3 coats of limepaint over a burlap canvas earth bag structure.

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Built by Napoleon the First to commemorate his victories, this monument was completed by King Louis-Philippe. This French landmark went through extensive restoration and maintenance using Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes.


Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square, London

Nelson’s Column was built to commemorate the death of Admiral Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar against the fleet assembled by Napoleon. Erected between 1840 and 1843 with Granite from Dartmoor, the column was refurbished in 2006, using Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes for repointing and stone restoration.

Nelson's Column Lime Restoration

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square, London” by EluveitieOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Le Louvre – Paris, France

Le Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the World. Le Louvre began as a fortress in the XII century but its French Renaissance architecture dates mainly from the XVI century and was transformed into a public museum during the French Revolution. French Kings and Emperors, as well as Presidents have left their mark on this palace. The highest quality materials, such as Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes, are finding their natural place in the restoration, construction and maintenance of this architectural marvel.

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Paris July 2011-27a” by AlvesgasparOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Fire Station #44, San Francisco, California

NHL 3.5 was used for repointing the brickwork on Fire Station #44 in San Francisco, California.

Repointing Work and photos by Thameside Masonry

Sebastapol, California Apartments

This apartment building features traditional three-coat Saint-Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime plaster.