• Photo with Zeppelin moored at Jiquiá in the 1930s.
  • Zeppelin Tower location in Jiquiá Park in Recife.
  • Situation of the Tower in 2003.
  • Steps before restoration.
  • Rust in various places and levels, in 2003.
  • Hole in supporting structure.
  • In 2007, the tower received the first intervention of Jobson Figueiredo.
  • Stabilization measures were taken to ensure that the tower did not run the risk of falling.
  • Base before restoration.
  • 2012, situation after stabilization, but before the Restoration.
  • Base covered by plants.
  • 2012, beginning of the restoration.
  • Digging around the four tower bases.
  • Platforms before restoration, 2003.
  • Platforms during the restoration in 2012.
  • Plataforms after restoration, 2013.
  • Restoration process.
  • Welding on the central axis.
  • Manufacturing of parts for replacement.
  • Blowtorch to produce missing parts.
  • Restoration work in the center of the tower.
  • Restoration of one of the Restoration of one of the bases.
  • Base situation in restoration process.
  • Base after sandblasting.
  • Base completely restored and painted.
  • Sandblasting process.
  • Central axis before restoration (bottom view).
  • Central axis after restoration (bottom view).
  • Edge of the platform #2 before the restoration.
  • Edge of the platform #2 after the restoration.
  • Platforms during restoration.
  • Platforms after restoration.
  • Platform #1 still without the new floor.
  • Platform #1 with new marine grade plywood floor flooring plywood and protective paint.
  • Telescopic central shaft at its lowest level.
  • Telescopic central shaft rise, at first moment.
  • Telescopic central shaft rise, at second moment.
  • Telescopic central shaft rise, at third moment.
  • Completely restored Zeppelin Tower, bottom view, 2013.
  • Completely restored Zeppelin Tower, 2013.

Zeppelin Tower

The restoration of the Zeppelin Tower was completed with the end the 2nd Stage in April 2013. The work of Jobson Figueiredo by Artesanal company, with its decades of experience in the restoration of historical elements, presents the formal rigor and criteria of this kind of restorations. The whole process was documented and will be turn on a book with documents, photos and registration of the restoration. This book, in addition to its documentary character, will have an educational content to students of the area.

Thanks to the mapping done in 1st Stage (in 2007), the 2nd Stage was carried out safely. The long process of restoration involves several actions, of which we can highlight: stabilizing the tower; replacement of all parts that had irreversible damage; repairs preserving as much as possible of the original parts to keep the body and soul of old equipment of world aviation; removal, through mechanical process, of tower layers of paint to gather information from the old original colors; sandblasting of parts; total cleaning and repair of the old restoration errors.

This work represents the heart of Jiquiá Park, the cornerstone of a project with great cultural, social, scientific and tourism power for the city of Recife. The quality and formal rigor of the restoration will allow the society enjoy the important places of Recife, which must be preserved for many generations.


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