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Note ID: JL74
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 70s
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 5/27/1999
Location: Mansion - Second Floor - Private Dining Room, Bathroom, and Powder Room (E) / Bedroom and Bathroom #3 (R)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos of original window in east brick wall hidden by later finishes and east addition. Except for the interior casings and sash, most of the original wood frame is in place. The original stone sill is also in place. The interior brick jambs are exposed and canted to form angled jambs like all other original window openings on this floor. The original wood lintel is in place. There is a stuccoed inset panel in the brick wall below the window on the interior wall face, but it appears later because the brick sides have been cut with a masonry saw.


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Note ID: MS220
Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, mid-70s
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 5/27/1999
Location: Mansion - Second Floor - Private Dining Room, Bathroom, and Powder Room (E) / Bedroom and Bathroom #3 (R)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Where wall finishes have been demolished in the southeast corner an original window opening has been uncovered.


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Note ID: MS217
Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, mid-70s
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 5/27/1999
Location: Site - General
Work Type: Excavation
Notes: Tony Opperman met me on the site to check out the excavated area where the new addition is planned at the northeast corner of the Mansion. Tony felt that the area was unlikely to hold important artifacts; that what we'd found (bone, china, and glass fragments) was what might typically be found in fill dirt. He concluded that the entire excavation area had been disturbed in the early 20th century and filled with dirt of unknown origin. The cut in the driveway revealed that the paving was once Belgian Block. Checking the excavation area was completed without delaying the Construction Manager.


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Note ID: MS228
Weather Conditions: Clear, low 80s
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 5/29/1999
Location: Mansion - Attic
Work Type: Miscellaneous
Notes: Installation of new utilities infrastructure (plumbing and mechanical) has begun in the attic.


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Note ID: MS227
Weather Conditions: Clear, low 80s
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 5/29/1999
Location: Mansion - Second Floor - General
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Demolition of masonry openings in the original east wall of the Mansion continues on the 2nd floor. The location of original openings seemed to correspond generally to openings on the west wall.


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Note ID: JL84
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 80s
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 6/1/1999
Location: Mansion - Attic
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos of early access hatch in attic floor, located above the second floor north stair landing (in attic, it's between the east and west chimneys of the north stack, butting against the west chimney extension at the north end). The hatch opening is 2'-5" X 4'-9" with the long dimension running east-west. The west half of the opening is now filled with an HVAC duct, and the remainder infilled with wood frame and plaster forming the ceiling below. The historic opening is framed with a wood header at the east end supporting a floor joist to the east, and is lined with 1" thick boards painted on the opening face. The east header is joined to north and south joists with a notched, angled lap joint with saw marks still evident on top and side of the joists. The east joist is connected to the header with only a nail, no wood joint. This lack of a wood joint, and the sloppy joints at the header ends, may indicate the opening is either an early addition or an afterthought in the original construction. Lying nearby in the attic is the board door for the access hatch, which matches the opening size and has H-L hinges, one of which is broken at the pin and matches up with the other half still in place at the west end of the north side of the opening frame. The door face is made of two painted beaded boards that faced down to the second floor, with two brace boards on the upper back side whose corners are eased with an angle cut. The boards, braces and hinges are all fastened with clinched cut nails. The top, inside edge of the south jamb board is worn smooth and rounded, implying extensive traffic over this side (which would be the free side of the hatch when open). In summary, this is an early or original attic access hatch with a door on the top side of the opening, hinged on the north side, to be pushed open from below. The opening is not centered in the stair space below, but is just inside the west wall (within easy reach of a ladder against the west wall). The door was labeled and removed by the contractor for save keeping. The broken half of the hinge in the opening frame was also removed by the contractor, labeled and stored.


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Note ID: JL83
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 80s
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 6/1/1999
Location: Mansion - Attic
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos of floor boards on west side of attic. Boards are 9" to 15" wide, square butt edged, with nail heads that appear to be handmade.


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Note ID: JL82
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 80s
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 6/1/1999
Location: Mansion - Attic
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos of brick chimney stacks showing removal of brick web wall connecting east and west chimneys at both north and south stacks. Also show additions and modifications to stacks, including addition of furnace-type doors in many places which appear to be access doors for cleaning/inspecting the chimneys. At the south stack, east chimney, south side, there is a hole in the chimney which is exposing the brick flue inside.


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Note ID: JL81
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 80s
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 6/1/1999
Location: Mansion - Attic
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos at completion of demolition and beginning of HVAC rough-in. Focused on framing. Knee-wall studs appear to be original. Purlin-type braces at north, west and south sides appear to be early 20th century with large wire nail spikes.


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Note ID: JL96
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 80s
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 6/1/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - General
Work Type: New Concrete Construction
Notes: Video of entire basement following installation of gravel base and vapor barrier. Observed welded wire fabric being installed in preparation for concrete slab pour tomorrow.


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