Christ Church Burial Ground & Benjamin Franklin’s Grave

Located in the Old City section of Philadelphia and founded in 1719, the burial ground at Christ Church is the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin as well as another four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Materials Conservation has been a trusted partner in the care and maintenance of the historic site. Work has included the creation of a preservation plan, documentation and condition assessment of significant grave markers, reconstruction, loss compensation, consolidation, cleaning, resetting, and repointing. Like having a physician on call, Materials Conservation's team is at the ready to ensure there is a well-maintained and preserved burial ground for future generations.

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Sukari Keetin
WWI Doughboy Memorial

In 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, Union Beach’s World War I Doughboy Memorial was blown over and broken into multiple fragments. The borough hired Materials Conservation to restore the granite sculpture, weighing in at nearly 700 pounds. We transported the fractured monument back to our conservation studio for treatment, reattaching the broken elements using stainless steel pins and epoxy resin. We fabricated the soldier’s missing muzzle, filled all cracks with custom matched mortar, and cleaned the granite to remove atmospheric soiling and staining.

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Sukari Keetin