Montpelier Restoration Update – 2/28/2008


Plastering 106

The masons have applied the brown coat to the walls of M-106 (North Passage) and the ceiling in M-001 (Dolley’s kitchen).



sanding 105

Dino C. and company continue to prime the woodwork in M-105 (Dining Room). Work has also started on preparing M-104 (Mr. Madison’s Room) for painting.

The masons are also applying a thin layer of white wash to the new brickwork in the basement. After the white wash has cured another layer of a thin wash will be applied to all brick walls in the cellar.


M-108 (Drawing Room)

ed working on mantel 108 mantel molding ghost 108 mantel installed

Ed Gomez has installed the mantel cap. The original Madison cap was removed in circa 1880 when an elaborate marble mantel was installed in its place. However, clear evidence for the design of the Madison mantel cap was found behind the 1880s mantel.


M-109 (South Passage)

Gene Lyman continues to install the paneling in M-109 (North Passage). All of the paneling on the north wall has been installed and he has started to work on the east wall.


M-110 (South Stair)

Mac installing treads 110 210 newel

Mac Ward has finished installing the treads for the south stairs and has started to fit the newel posts.


M-111 (Back Chamber)

Keith Forry, Nick Oster and Bill Bichell are installing the baseboard and chair rail.


M-003 (North Cellar)

thomas installing boards 003

Thomas Tyler has stated to install the beaded boards for the partition that will divide the rooms of this cellar. Fragments of similar boards that once enclosed a stair in the 1797 cellar were found re-used by the duPonts and so these boards were reproduced for the new partitions. The smooth, finished surface of these boards, which represent boards that were installed in circa 1797, contrast with the rough riven clapboards being installed in the circa 1765 cellar.


M-007 (Servants Hall)

Wes starting partition wes drawknifing clapboard finished clapboard partition

Wes Watkins and Les Lamois have installed the hand-made, riven white oak clapboards on the cellar partition. To rive a board a metal tool called a froe is used to split the thin clapboards out of a larger piece of wood. After the board is split, a draw knife is used to smooth the bottom and one end of the board down to a feather-thin edge. Wes, who specializes in riving shingles and clapboards, also made the clapboards.


M-008 (South Cellar Passage)

south cellar stair boards Chris installing boards 008

Olivier Dupont-Huin and Chris Edwards have started to install the board partition that will enclose the south cellar stair. This stair is almost identical to the north cellar stair.

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