Montpelier Restoration Update – 11/26/2008 and 12/3/2008

Doors

mac-trimming-door-20081201mcw_003blog12032008 Montpelier Restoration, December 1, 2008 Montpelier Restoration, December 2, 2008

Mac Ward continues to hang doors on the second floor.  In the photos above he is trimming the edge of one of the doors prior to installation.  The metal guide helps to ensure the circular saw stays straight through the entire length of the cut.

Montpelier Restoration, November 25, 2008 templaet-for-colonnade-deck-door-threhold-20081201mcw_018blog12032008 Montpelier Restoration, December 2, 2008

Gene Lyman continues to install door hinges and locks.  Gene has also installed the pine threshold for the doorway that leads out to the Colonnade deck.  Physical evidence for this very wide (15”) threshold was found on the surviving Madison-era flooring.

Montpelier Restoration, November 25, 2008

Keith Forrey continues to install the doors in the cellar.  In the photos he is installing a wrought-iron “H-L” hinge on the door to a closet in the 1797 cellar.

Montpelier Restoration, December 1, 2008

A latch-lock was also installed on the eastern door in M-109 (South Passage).  This spring-loaded lock is something of an intermediate step between the more common Norfolk latches and the more complex rim locks.  The odd handles, called stirrups or axe-head handles, are based on multiple examples found on surviving locks or archaeologically.  While these handles look unusual when compared to modern knobs, they were actually very common in the 18th and early-19th centuries.

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Exterior

Montpelier Restoration, November 25, 2008 Montpelier Restoration, December 1, 2008

Blaise Gaston and Paul Pyzyana are installing the North Wing’s eastern stoop and stair

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