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Note ID: MS118
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Attic
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Demolition ongoing in attic. All partitions and all existing utilities (primarily mechanical) are being removed. The masonry chimney masses are among the most fascinating features of the attic. They have been modified with concrete squares (access to chimney for recent relining?). The angled wood bracing let into the chimney masses is also interesting.


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Note ID: MS124
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Coat Room (E) / Reception (R)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Greg Cowan retrieved a piece of beaded trim from the joist cavity. The trim had been installed as a "nailer."


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Note ID: MS114
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - General
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Observed and photographed masonry openings revealed during basement demolition. Existing openings present a variety of conditions. Deep wood headers signal location of original or historic masonry openings. Openings revealed in the east wall have been modified more significantly than other openings in the original mansion perimeter walls. Portions of the scarred masonry (Flemish bond) of the east (once exterior) side of the mansion's original east wall has been newly exposed in this process.


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Note ID: MS125
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - General
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Large crew, men and women, at work clearing basement of debris accumulated in demolition phase. Workers wear durable but disposible coveralls (Kevlar or Tyvek?) and masks to prevent ingestion of asbestos, lead or other hazardous materials.


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Note ID: MS115
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Mansion Director (E/R)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Beginning of removal of concrete slab in the Mansion Director's office, where underpinning will soon begin.


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Note ID: MS127
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Men's Room (E) / Powder Room (R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: A piece of reeded trim was also found in the now demolished men's room. The trim was used for patching. It matches the profile of existing reeded door casing, but it is slightly wider.


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Note ID: MS126
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Women's Room (E)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Windows on the north and east side of the mansion basement have been altered (shortened in height). Several of these windows are cased with a pilaster molding and "target" corner blocks. Multiple layers of finishes further evidence generations of changes.


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Note ID: MS112
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Observed and videotaped ongoing floor repairs.


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Note ID: MS113
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - North Ballroom (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Observed and photographed a test of the bleaching method that will be used to remove stains from oak parquetry. The bleaching method will be: 1. Removal of floor finish with "Back to Nature"; 2. Removal of black water stain with oxalic acid, a wood bleaching agent; 3. Neutralizing the bleach with a Borax solution.


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Note ID: MS111
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/30/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Stair Hall (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Talked with Greg Cowan of Tidewater Preservation about the piece of wainscot used to patch the floor in the north stair hall, where the stair was relocated from the west to the east side of the hall. The wainscot seems to fit easily in the Old Governor's Office, adjacent to the location of this patch. These wainscot fragments cannot be removed until the modern casework (used to display battleship silver) is moved.


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