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.

Private Residence – Toronto

This private residence in Toronto, Canada, features a standard 3 coat process of lime renders.

Carmel Mission – Carmel, California

First built in 1771, the Carmel mission is in the midst of its third renovation. In need of some serious repair due to damage from previous restorations where cement was used, NHL 2, 3.5, and 5 was used. In particular, the dome needed some special attention requiring some lime injection and use of NHL 3.5 to fill the cavities. NHL 2 was used to coat the dome to allow for some flexibility and then finished with a lime wash. NHL 5 was used in some lower areas of the mission that required some sloping.

Pont Neuf, Paris, France

Completed in 1607 under the King of France, Henri IV, the Pont Neuf (translates to New Bridge) is the oldest bridge in Paris.  A complete restoration was undertaken in 2007 with Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes.

Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France

Classified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage monument, Mont Saint Michel Abbey was founded at the beginning of the Christian era.  The collegiate church dates from the IX and X centuries, but the site, as we see it today, has been developed over several centuries.  Saint Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes were chosen due to its authenticity, sustainability and its ability to adapt to a marine environment for ongoing preservation, restoration and maintenance.

Tower of London

Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror. Throughout the centuries, it has been used as a fortress, a prison, a royal residence and an armory, and currently is the home of the crown jewels and a museum. Today, Saint Astier provides the Natural Hydraulic Lime mortars for maintenance and restoration.