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Governor's Mansion Renovation All Records

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Note ID: JL529
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid 60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/16/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Stair Hall (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Video of the south stair hall floor exposed by removal of the later parquetry. An early, possibly original, stair opening is evident against theeast hall wall. An approximately 3" square outline, which appears to be a newel post, is in the northeast corner of the former opening with a center slot mortise in the header below. The former stair was removed and the opening infilled with flooring boards.


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Note ID: JL536
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/19/1999
Location: Carriage House - Lower Floor (east to west) - Room 1
Work Type: New Masonry Construction
Notes: At several lower floor rooms, a mason continues to replace damaged brick in the interior walls that will be painted and exposed.


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Note ID: JL537
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/19/1999
Location: Carriage House - Lower Floor (east to west) - Room 6
Work Type: Framing
Notes: Video of carpenters installing framing for a new stair.


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Note ID: JL535
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/19/1999
Location: Carriage House - South Elevation
Work Type: On-site paint removal
Notes: Video of laborers scraping loose paint from the exterior wall.


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Note ID: JL534
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/19/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Dining Room (E/R)
Work Type: Miscellaneous
Notes: Video of window curtains being removed by fabric specialists and will be safely stored until restoration is complete.


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Note ID: JL533
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/19/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Video of conservator testing the injected parquet flooring after acrylic sealant injection has cured. Conservator was initially disappointed with the results because minor creaking is still audible. But in comparing treated and untreated areas there is a significant improvement in the creaking. A decision will need to be made soon as to whether the acrylic treatment will be performed throughout the first floor.


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Note ID: JL532
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/19/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Old Governor's Office (E/R)
Work Type: Mantel Conservation
Notes: Video of conservators building a crate for transporting historic mantle to shop in Fredericksburg for restoration treatment, which will include removal of paint and infill repair of damaged composition molding.


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Note ID: MS74
Weather Conditions: mid-60's, partly cloudy
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/20/1999
Location: Carriage House - South Elevation
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Brick salvaged from the Carriage House was being cleaned for reinstallation in that building.


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Note ID: MS63
Weather Conditions: mid-60's, partly cloudy
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/20/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Mantel Conservation
Notes: Tidewater Preservation is removing the mantel in the Ladies Parlor. Mantel is loosened at the perimeter with utility knives. Historic fastening is clearly different from mantel in Old Governor's Office, which was bolted to the wall. We noted that there are wrought nails in the mantel, 11" below top of mantel and 22" in from the outer edge. The nails' location matches the location of nailers in wall, suggesting that this may be the original mantel in this room. (The mantel in the Old Governor's Office seems to have been moved to that space.) Pieces of a 3/15/26 Richmond News Leader were crushed and used as a "backer" for caulk installed at the perimeter of the mantel. The back of the historic mantel was chiseled to accommodate a 20th century marble surround (the newspaper fragment suggests a date of 1926 for this work). A crude insert was added to the right corner of the mantel shelf to fill a gap between mantel and wall.


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Note ID: MS64
Weather Conditions: mid-60's, partly cloudy
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/20/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Old Governor's Office (E/R)
Work Type: Mantel Conservation
Notes: Mantel was being prepared for delivery to the Tidewater Preservation shop for conservation. A wall paper sample, a deep ocher ground with gray-white leaf and flower pattern, was retrieved from the wall behind the mantel. The pattern of ghosts and nailers at this mantel were very different from those behind the mantel in the Ladies Parlor.


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