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Governor's Mansion Renovation All Records

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Note ID: JL523
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/14/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Stair Hall (E/R)
Work Type: Miscellaneous
Notes: Video and digital photos of ceiling where light fixtures were removed. Surface mounted fixtures covered a prior painted canvas surface which, later, was removed from ceiling except where covered by light fixtures. Protected painted canvas surface is heavily coated in black soot, which may be from 1926 fire.


Governor's Mansion Renovation Photograph  


Note ID: JL525
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/14/1999
Location: Site - General
Work Type: Excavation
Notes: Video of trench in southeast corner of site where a sprinkler water line is tapped into an existing water line just inside retaining wall along Governor's Street, extends up to top of hill and turns north for about 15'. No architectural features or artifacts were evident in trench sides or in spoil pile.


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Note ID: MS69
Weather Conditions: cloudy, cool, 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/15/1999
Location: Carriage House - South Elevation
Work Type: On-site paint removal
Notes: Observed power-washing on south side of Carriage House. Purpose is to clean mildew and dirt from wood cornice and brick. Viderotaped power-washing in progress. Mike Westcott says only loose paint will be removed from Carriage House brick.


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Note ID: MS67
Weather Conditions: cloudy, cool, 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/15/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - General
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Discussed ongoing floor repairs on first floor. Flooring in north and south stair halls is being removed and salvaged to replace other flooring damaged behond repair (primarily at perimeter of rooms where fan coil units will be removed). Each piece of flooing is tongue and groove on all four sides, so pieces must be carefully altered prior to being reinstalled. Pieces must be installed so that "tongues" are supported. A variety of methods, including oxalic acid poultices, will be used in upcomiing weeks to reduce stains in the oak parquet flooring.


Governor's Mansion Renovation Photograph  


Note ID: MS66
Weather Conditions: cloudy, cool, 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/15/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Discussed ongoing application of the acrylic injection system in Ladies Parlor with Greg Cowan and others from the conservation team. The existing flooring is being weighted by 5-gallon buckets to ensure stable installation. Acrylic is injected from below through holes drilled at 4" intervals along joints in sub-floor (sub-floor is the Mansion's original flooring). Purpose is to stabilize flooring and eliminate squeaks. Process has been used at Mount Vernon, Kenmore, and the Octagon House. This method has also been used to re-secure plaster to lathe.


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Note ID: MS68
Weather Conditions: cloudy, cool, 60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/15/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Stair Hall (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Where Tidewater Preservation removed flooring in south stair hall earlier in the week, historic features, including a long rectangular patch (may be piece of original wainscotting), and a small square hole in the floor reveal the location of an earlier stair from basement to 1st floor, as well as a related newel or vertical framing member. Removal of the patch would reveal more about the earlier stair's character and configuration.


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Note ID: JL530
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/16/1999
Location: Carriage House - Lower Floor (east to west) - Room 1
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video of mason inside lower level rooms cutting out damaged bricks in the walls, to be replaced. These brick walls will be painted and exposed in the completed rooms. Replacement brick are salvaged from other brick walls removed for this project.


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Note ID: JL531
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/16/1999
Location: Carriage House - Lower Floor (east to west) - Room 4
Work Type: Excavation
Notes: Video and digital photos of historic underground sewer line in the new mechanical room. Sewer has been cut through so its cross-section can be documented. This sewer appears to have been connected to floor drains in each of the lower level rooms, which were probably horse stalls that were frequently washed out.


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Note ID: JL528
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/16/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Video of conservator injecting acrylic sealant into the Ladies Parlour floor from the basement below. Must wait 24 to 48 hours after installation for acrylic to set. Will certainly be a problem during construction if entire floor is treated in this fashion. Injection system is very messy, acrylic leaks out for a long time after injection. Where tongue-and-groove joints are wide in the bottom layer historic floor, it is difficult to force acrylic between the parquet and historic floor because cannot be pressurized.


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Note ID: JL527
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/16/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Video of conservator replacing damaged parquet flooring. Parquetry damaged by leaking fan coil units.


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