Stone Revival Historical Preservation specializes in the preservation and restoration of historic masonry found in cemeteries, monuments, memorials and architecture.


We are based in Indianapolis, Indiana and provide the following services throughout the continental United States:

Cemetery Preservation

Assessments: We can do a detailed assessment of each grave marker and other features such as historic landscaping, roads and structures within a cemetery. These assessments can then be used to create a long term Master Plan for ongoing preservation and routine maintenance.

Cleaning: Not all grave markers need to be cleaned and they should never be cleaned so aggressively as to make them look brand new. That is not the goal of historical preservation. We use only water and specialty chemicals designed for masonry preservation for all of our cleaning needs and clean by hand. Power tools, pressure washing and sand blasting are never used to clean historic headstones. Power tools and the like are too aggressive and generally remove original material which can speed up the deterioration process and shorten the lifespan of the stone as an effective monument. Click here for more information about cleaning headstones.

Resetting: All monuments are reset to the original position using a pea gravel/sand mixture. This mixture acts as a foundation and helps drain water away from the monument. Natural Hydraulic Lime mortars are used exclusively. These mortars have been used for thousands of years. They allow moisture to pass through the monument naturally where Portland cement based mortars block the moisture leaving behind salt deposits and other possible damage. Portland mortars are never used for resetting grave markers.

Repair: We make repairs using historic preservation mortars. Epoxies are no longer used. They block water form moving naturally though the stone which leaves salt deposits behind leading to irreparable damage. When repair is not possible a concrete pad is installed and the remaining pieces of the marker are mortared to this pad once it has fully cured.

Consolidation: Sugaring (deteriorating) marble generally should not be cleaned or repaired in that condition. Once marble starts to sugar almost any sort of contact will cause stone material to come off the stone. Marble is said to sugar because when you touch it it feels like granules of sugar on your finger. In these cases we use a stone consolidation treatment to bind and strengthen the remaining original material before additional work is started. This treatment fills in the voids caused by deterioration and strengthens the remaining stone and slows down the deterioration process. Once the consolidation treatment process has been completed it is generally safe to clean or repair.

Replacement Bases: Replacement bases are typically carved from limestone with each preservation project. In some cases we will pre-form a replacement with concrete. This is the most common method in the industry, but using limestone is more historically accurate.

Historic Fencing: We can restore the wrought and cast iron fencing that was popular during the Victorian Era.

Landscaping: We can do basic or extensive landscaping restoration.

Mapping: We can generate to-scale maps showing burial information for each plot.

Documentation: We also offer general documentation. This documentation can include an inventory of each grave marker, documentation of other items and structures within the cemetery and photographic databases.

Workshops: We can bring a hands-on workshop to your cemetery or we can host your group in a central or southern Indiana location. We also offer Power Point presentations and consultations.

Other Preservation

Memorial displays: We can clean and preserve non-cemetery memorials made of limestone, marble, granite and bronze. (Damaged metal work requires the attention of a metal smith.)

Architectural Masonry: We offer preservation and restoration treatments for most architectural masonry.

Ethics and Standards of Practice

We use methods recommended by the Association for Gravestone Studies, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Chicora Foundation and others.

We endorse the following Codes of Ethics and Guidelines and Standards for Practice:

AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice

History and Historic Preservation Memberships

Association for Gravestone Studies
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Sons of the American Revolution

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