Madonna supervises the coating of the brick. We have been asked if this was the original color. No. The brick was left natural cream and it was expected that it would not be seen/ covered by another building. In the 50s it was mustard yellow and early this century it was painted taupe. To preserve the brick we performed the least destructive methods possible to remove what paint we could, replace bricks, tuck point new mortar, and now we are spraying on a mineral coat which consolidates the brick and mortar by forming a chemical bond with the silicate. It is called water glass. It is not a paint or a sealant. It protects the masonry and lets it breathe. We wish we could have natural brick but the prior paint, fire and water damage, and age has forced us to go this route.