Lewis Contractors Completes the Maryland Hall Cupola Restoration at Johns Hopkins University

November 26, 2019 – Lewis Contractors is pleased to announce the completion of the restoration of the Maryland Hall Cupola at Johns Hopkins University. A historic landmark for the University, Maryland Hall towers above all other buildings on campus and is easily identified by the prominent and architecturally ornate cupola at its peak. Because of its soaring rooftop position—exposed to elements of all types over the past 105 years—the cupola was in need of restoration.

Originally, Lewis Contractors was contracted as the Construction Manager to perform surface restoration work only, but during the discovery phase of the project, it became clear that major structural stabilization work was also needed. Initially, the scope of work was mostly composed of exterior cosmetic repairs that included the restoration of the deteriorating wood and copper architectural elements. This scope rapidly evolved into a complete rehabilitation of the existing structural steel framework, a complete reconstruction of the interior access to the cupola, and replacement of missing or damaged masonry components and failing interior HVAC systems.

Well known for its restoration work on unique historic buildings, Lewis sought out a team of experts, not only familiar with projects of this type, but also a team with previous historic project experience on the JHU Homewood campus. Once again, the Lewis team enjoyed a successful partnership with Johns Hopkins University. This is the seventh restoration Lewis has completed at JHU—a relationship that has spanned five decades.