All of the geothermal wells have been drilled and they are being filled with a clay-based grout to enhance the exchange of heat between the water and the surrounding soil. The wiring for the electrical, security and HVAC system also continues to be run throughout the house
The brown coat has been toweled onto the ceiling of the colonnade and the walls of the 1765 passage closet (M-210). The finish coat is also on the ceilings of M-212 (southwest chamber) and M-208 (Passage Chamber). The walls above the surbase in M-212 have also received their finish coats.
Plastering 210 Finish Coat in 212
M-001 (Dolley’s Kitchen)
The subfloor level has been re-established and the masons have started to lay brick pavers in a herringbone pattern. Herringbone was specified for this room because the pattern was preserved by several surviving paving bricks near the northern exterior door. Additional evidence came archaeologically, with clear impressions for the herringbone pattern being found underneath a circa 1901 concrete floor.
M-106 (North Passage)
Bill B. has installed the architrave for this doorway.
M-110 (Period I Stair Enclosure)
Keith F. has started to repair a door frame for one of the stair enclosure’s doorways.
Ed G. has started to install the surbase for this room and has also temporally fitted the surviving circa 1809 chimneypiece back in place. This is the first time the chimneypiece has been back in its Madison location since the duPonts moved it to another part of the house in 1901.
M-205 (Upper North Passage)