Montpelier Restoration Update – 8/22/2007


The pipes that will run water from the geothermal wells to the heat exchangers in the mechanical bunker continue to be installed.

Red Wash

Susan Applying redwash


Paint conservator Susan Buck was here on Friday to apply three samples of red wash to a brick panel. She applied two samples that used casein as an auxiliary binder and one sample that was a basic lime wash with iron-oxide pigment. We will let the samples weather for a couple of months and then assess their durability. For an in-depth discussion of the red wash found on the Mansion’s exterior, I’ve added the red wash report under the blog’s report page.


Matt L applying Whitewash

The walls of M-208 (chamber over the passage) have been whitewashed and the walls below the chair rail level in M-211 (southeastern chamber) and M-212 (northeastern chamber) have almost been completely covered with brown coat. The ceiling of M-201 (large bedroom) has received its finish coat and a fine-finished brown coat has been applied to most of the walls above the chair rail level. The fine-finished brown coat replicated the plaster finish found on a dime-sized fragment of period II plaster discovered on the wall in M-205 (north passage). The fragment did not have a customary lime-rich finish coat and was coated with a dark mustard colored distemper. A similarly finished brown coat is also found in the Drawing Room (M-108) where we believe wall paper was hung during Madison’s time.

M-100 (North Wing Chamber)

Repaired Architrave


Bill Bichell has repaired the circa 1809 section of window trim that was originally found on one of the eastern windows. After scribing all of the plinth blocks to the floors, he has started to permanently nail the architraves onto the windows.

Keith Forry has finished extending the flooring into the room’s splayed jambs.


Austin Atrium has finished re-installing the cornice and is filling gaps and holes.


The mason’s have started to give the portico’s southern pilaster a finish coat of stucco. The handi-cap ramp has also been moved to the eastern side of the building and so the western façade is now once again clear of modern intrusions.


Mansion with out the ramp


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