RAC Update – 9/18/2006
The trenches in the cellar are being lined with subterranean concrete cradles and the masons from Price Masonry continue to underpin sections of the foundation. Currently, the second of two circular-brick sleeves under the foundation of the east exterior wall is being built. Additionally, they are still underpinning the western side of the c. 1764 northern exterior wall. The excavation for the HVAC vault is also approximately half way completed. Finally, the electricians and other trades are starting to filter onto the site (although the actual work has not started yet) and the HVAC ductwork is being delivered.
M-108 (Drawing Room)
Mark Gooch is re-hanging the triple-sash windows’ sash weights and removing duPont era weather stripping. Mark Gooch also found mortises for spring operated locking mechanisms beneath the weather stripping. These mortises appear to date to the third Madison period and similar spring locks are thought to be found at Monticello (although we will have to confirm the evidence with Bill Beiswanger and Bob Self).
M-112 (Nelly’s Dining Room)
One floorboard remains to be laid in this room. The next room to be floored will be the Back Chamber (M-111)
South Wing Elevation
Kevin continues to repair the brick work near the grade level on this elevation.
The last king post has been cut and is being fitted for the eastern truss in the portico. Austin is also working on restoring a purlin and several rafters that were truncated by the duPonts when they renovated the garret into servants’ quarters.
Thomas continues to apply the second coat of stain to the shingles. The eastern and northern slopes are finished.
Red Room Re-installation
The shelving and built-in seats continue to be re-assembled and re-installed. Several of the baseboards that were found to date to the Madison era have been returned the Architectural Research Department. The baseboards will be re-installed in the south wing chamber in their original locations. Finally, the star shaped weathervane that was mounted on the ceiling of the Red Room is being prepared for reinstallation.
Matt Reeves and his crew are currently investigating the grade in front of the north wing.