Montpelier Restoration Update – 11/14/2007

 

General

Mark installing window sash

Mark Gooch is installing the last of the original window sashes. For sash cord he is using a six-strand hemp cord that was found surviving in the single-hung side lights that flank the main doorway into the mansion.

 

Plastering

Plastering 100 whitewashing 206

The masons have installed the brown coat in M-209 (Upper South Passage) and have put the scratch coat on the ceiling and the walls above the chair rail in M-100 (North Wing Chamber). This is the first room on the first floor to be plastered. They have also troweled the scratch coat onto the ceiling of M-103 (north wing west closet) and whitewashed the walls above the chair rail in M-206 (Drawing Room Chamber).

 

Millwork

Blaise Gaston and Nick Oster continue to work on the reconstructed mantel for M-118. The architrave (the wooden surround that the mantel shelf will rest one) for the mantel in M-105 (Dining Room) was delivered last week.

 

M-105 (Dining Room)

talking about 105 mantel

The carpentry crew from Mustard Seed Construction Company, with help from mason Wayne Mays, is preparing to install the reconstructed architrave and recovered chimney shelf on the chimney breast.

 

M-106 (North Passage)

Ed Chair rail 105 chair rail 106

Ed Gomez is installing the chair rail. A particularly complex joint is needed where the chair rail meets the corner bead.

 

M-112 (South Wing Passage)

gene cutting stud 112 112 to 114 studs

Gene Lyman has re-installed the circa 1765 paneled fireplace surround and is making replacement studs for the wall between M-112 and M-114 (vaulted closet).

 

M-118 (Nelly’s Chamber)

nick 118 architrave architrave legs 118

Bill Bichell and Nick Oster are installing the legs for the reconstructed window and door openings on the south and east elevations.

 

M-205 (Upper North Passage)

Dino Copeland has finished priming this room.

 

M-207 (Old Library)

ventian window 207

Dino Copeland has started to prep this room for priming. To prepare the room, he is gently scrapping off all loose paint and then lightly sanding to smooth out the transition between the different paint layers. By not aggressively scraping the existing paint from the woodwork we hope to preserve as much of the historic paint as possible for future study.

 

Cellar

Mac installing door 001 002 doorway to 001

Mac Ward has finished repairing the door frame for the doorway between Nelly’s kitchen (M-009) and the south cellar passage (M-008). He is also installing the doorframe between M-001 (Dolley’s Kitchen) and M-002 (North Cellar Passage).

 

Exterior

Martin Roofing continues to install half-round copper gutters on the Mansion. Currently they are installing the downspouts on the western façade.

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