Scope of Work
• Replacing and adding flashing to more than 200 windows
• Restore lintels
Developing and managing an ongoing evaluation with a multi-year renewal plan to accommodate the association’s budget.
Restoring a Classic
Located on a leafy side street of attractive historic homes just outside of Harvard Square, Bancroft Court presents a solid, if undistinguished, masonry facade to the neighborhood.
But a short walk down a quiet walkway reveals a surprise – a charming Georgian-style courtyard, complete with multi-paned wooden doors surrounded by scrolled woodwork. Mature trees and garden beds complete the picture, which in summer is cool, sun-dappled and inviting.
Bancroft Court, a condominium with 52 spacious and welcoming units, was converted from a pre-World War II apartment block.
Even in a brick-built condominium, capital improvements demand attention. Time and New England weather took their toll on Bancroft Court’s windows, lentils, flashing and outer walls. Statewide RM’s expertise in masonry restoration and waterproofing was needed to restore it.
“We hired a vendor in 2003 who gave us little satisfaction,” said Debbie Davy, a vice president at Barrington Property Management and long-time steward of the iconic Cambridge property. “Statewide RM and their principals, Kieran and John Fitzgibbon, were brought to our attention in 2004 and we turned the work over to them. We’ve been entirely satisfied ever since.”
Statewide RM reviewed building elements in need of restoration and then, “drop-by-drop,” prepared presentations of building elevations – detailed drawings of exteriors – for Barrington Property Management.
“Our board has never taken exception with their recommendations,” Davy said.
Statewide RM’s Kieran Fitzgibbon oversaw his team of masons, while partner and brother John Fitzgibbon managed material and component purchasing.
“Brick has enduring qualities and a grand look,” Kieran Fitzgibbon said, “but time can humble the most durable construction.”
By the time the Bancroft Court restoration was completed, Statewide replaced and added flashing to more than 200 windows.
“What I like is that they’re honest, ethical and practical,” Davy said. “Over the years, I’ve dealt with scores of vendors, but Statewide RM stands out. They advise us when we can delay maintenance in places where the building envelope is sound. They’re experts and, frankly, they save our association money. That gives me real comfort.”