Montpelier Restoration Update – 9/5/2007

Nitrogen Tanks

The pipes are being insulated in the bunker and the nitrogen tanks for the high-pressure-mist fire suppression system are being installed. These nitrogen tanks will supply the pressure to push the water through the sprinkler system if there is ever a fire in the mansion.


Plastering continues on the southern wall of 201 (large bedroom) and the scratch coat is being evened out in 210 (linen closet) and 200 (small bedroom). Additional whitewash was also applied in M-211 (southeast chamber).

M-102 (North Wing Passage)

backband impression

Austin Antrim is installing the doorframe between M-102 and the cellar stair. He is also repairing the stair’s header. While removing a later duPont era stud, Austin also discovered a great impression for the original Madison era back band on the floor (which fortunately matched the replacement backband specified by the architects). The backband is a small ogee molding that trims a doorway when there isn’t room to install a full architrave. We knew this doorway was trimmed with a backband because of an 1812 bill from James Dinsmore (Madison’s carpenter), but it’s great to have physical evidence as well.

Keith Forry is also installing nosing at the top of the cellar stairs.

M-103 (North Wing Closet)

Bill Bichell has finished installing the trim for the room’s window.

M-104 (Mr. Madison’s Room)
Ed Gomez continues to install the door frame between M-104 (Mr. Madison’s room) and M-106 (North Passage).

M-105 (Dining Room)

cutting rabbet in plinth block 105 doorway instalation

Cutting a Rabbet into a Plinth Block Installing Trim on the Doorway to M-105
Austin Antrim has almost finished installing the trim for the doorway between M-105 and M-106 (North Passage).

Cutting Skirtboard

Mac Ward is installing the skirtboard for the stair.

M-201 (Large Bedroom)

Keith Forry replaced a small section of baseboard on the east side of the chimney with an original Madison-era baseboard. The baseboard was re-discovered by Josh Teates while he was inventorying the duPont architectural fragment collection.

M-009 (Nelly’s Kitchen)

Nelly’s kitchen paving

The masons continue to lay brick pavers.


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