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Note ID: JL544
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-70's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/27/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - General
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video of basement demolition in progress including removal of interior partitions. Demolition has exposed historic features, including underside of first floor framing for fireplace hearth in north ballroom above.


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Note ID: JL546
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-70's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/27/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Security Office (E) / Executive Protection Unit (R)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos of northwest corner, where, on the side of a floor joist in the ceiling above, exposed by removal of the plaster ceiling, a piece of paper is tacked to the side of a painted floor joist in the ceiling. On the paper is an inscription in pencil, which states: "Please look. Oct. 30th, 1914. This place was wired by Martin Myers, 506 E. Main St., Richmond, Va. Work done by others: Holmes, Dutch Bottoms, John Osborne." VDHR and demolition superintendent notified of this important discovery, and requested to preserve them for study and documentation.


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Note ID: JL545
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-70's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/27/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Women's Room (E)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Video and digital photos of east wall, just south of window, where demolition of plaster has exposed the wood lath below. Lath is handsplit and attached with early cut nails, and appears to be early nineteenth century. Lath and furring strips are on an earlier finshed plaster surface applied directly to the brick wall. On the earlier plaster surface are remnants of wallpaper. The wallpaper must be very early, if not original. VDHR and demolition superintendent notified of this important discovery, and requested to preserve them for study and documentation.


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Note ID: JL547
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-70's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/27/1999
Location: Mansion - First Floor - Ladies Parlor (E/R)
Work Type: Floor Conservation
Notes: Video of parquet flooring patching by conservator.


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Note ID: JL542
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-70's
Report Author: Joseph D. Lahendro
Report Date: 4/27/1999
Location: Mansion - Second Floor - Lafayette Room (E/R)
Work Type: Mantel Conservation
Notes: Video and digital photos of historic mantle removal. Mantle was attached with modern wire nails. Evidence on chimney breast, previously covered by mantle, of scoring and earlier plaster that outlines a smaller preceeding mantle. Broken early attachment nails in mantle do not align with wood nailers in brick wall.


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Note ID: MS106
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/28/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Beneath Ballrooms
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Observed and photographed newly revealed hearth supports in basement below ballroom. Hearth supports below north and south ballroom have the same double-tenon detail as we first saw in the Mansion Director's Office, below the Ladies Parlor.


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Note ID: MS109
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/28/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Laundry (E)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Observed preparations for masonry demolition of interior bearing walls in the basement. Future openings marked with orange spray paint. When the doorway between the Laundry Room and the Stairhall was reopened a granite threshold was discovered.


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Note ID: MS107
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/28/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Security Office (E) / Executive Protection Unit (R)
Work Type: Miscellaneous
Notes: Discussed Jody Lahendro's recent discovery of a signed 1914 note, tacked to the side of a floor joist. John Paul Hanbury feels that the note should be removed for archiving at DHR. Mimi called DHR.


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Note ID: MS108
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/28/1999
Location: Mansion - Basement - Women's Room (E)
Work Type: Demolition
Notes: Discussed Jody Lahendro's recent discovery of very old wall paper concealed beneath plaster and hand-split lath. John Paul Hanbury feels that samples of the paper should be removed for archiving at DHR. Mimi called DHR.


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Note ID: MS110
Weather Conditions: Sunny, mid-60's
Report Author: Mary Harding Sadler
Report Date: 4/28/1999
Location: Mansion - Second Floor - Lafayette Room (E/R)
Work Type: Mantel Conservation
Notes: The mantel in the Lafayette Room has been removed for conservation. This is thought to be one of the Mansion's original mantels. Conditions on the brick wall behind the mantel are different from the conditions observed where mantels were removed from the Old Governor's Office and the Ladies Parlor.


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