Whitewashing South Wing Stair Room Whitewashing Nelly\'s Best Chamber

The closets underthe wing cellar passage stairs have been plastered and the walls and the plaster in M-113 (Nelly’s Best Room Closet) has been repaired and whitewashed. The masons have also finished white washing M-112 (Nelly’s Best Room) and M-115 (South Wing Stair Room).


Scraping Door Trim prior to priming Scraping Door Trim in M-118

The trim in M-118 (South Wing Room) has been sanded and primed.


Olivier Repairing Doors

Olivier Dupont-Huin and Keith Forry continue to repair the suriviving Madison-era doors.

1765 Cellar

Spreading Clay floor mix Smoothing clay floor in the cellar Tamping Clay Floor in Cellar

The masons have finished installing the clay floor in the 1765 cellar. In the video above the masons are mixing the clay, lime, brick dust and sand in a mortar mixture, spreading it in the cellar, tamping it, wetting it and then smoothing it out with trowels.


Whitewashing the Pilasters Whitewashing the Colonnade columns

The masons have brushed on the last coats of whitewash to the columns and the pilasters.

South Wing Porch

Mac Ward continues to prepare the framing for the south wing’s eastern deck.


Installing Lattice Nick Installing Lattice

Bill Bichell, Gene Lyman and Nick Osterhave started to install the lattice bars in the Chinese railing. The Jefferson-inspired original circa 1812 railing had been lost and the pattern for the lattice work was derived from other surviving examples and drawings made by Jefferson and his builders. While the original railing was most likely made from heart pine, we have elected to use mahogany since the railing will be exposed to the weather. Once painted, the mahogany railing will be almost indistinguishable from a heart pine railing.

Skim coating capital 2 skim coating capital Whitewashing the Colonnade Columns

The masons have also put a final skim coat on the last colonnade column capital and applied the final coats of lime washes to the columns.


The arches over the cellar wing windows and doors on the west elevation have been whitewashed. Physical evidence for the whitewash survived on the arches and around the doorways. The masons are using the same limewash mixed with casein (milk protein) that they used for the portico and colonnade columns. The casein is added to increase the durability of the wash.

Thomas Tamping Paths

Thomas Tyler and Landscape Architect John James have installed and compacted the crushed stone base for the paths on the western side of the mansion. They have also brought in the final loads of top soil. The next step for the exterior will be to lay sod and install the final, washed rock surface on the paths.

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