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July 22, 2014 – At this point in the renovation all of the shutters have been removed from the exterior of the house. Approximately 230 storm windows are on order to be installed in August and even more to be replaced in the future.

The renovation crew is working to evaluate stabilized windows for additional repairs. In the assessment of the house chimneys, the crew has discovered that all chimneys, but one, will need repairs from new caps to almost complete rebuilding.

The South Wind Roof replacement began this week as well as the work to the Cottage Conservatory.


June 19, 2014 – The house renovation is moving along with the majority of the house now covered in scaffolding and green scrim.

The crew is working to complete the scaffolding after a long structural analysis on a troublesome section that was required to protect people, objects, and the museum.

Ninety-five percent of the storm windows have been removed!

Half of the shutters have been removed and are being evaluated. In evaluating the shutters, we may have found six shutters that date prior to the 1904 house expansion.

Coming soon! The renovation to the Cottage Conservatory is slated to start with Phase One in July 2014. The estimated completion of Phase One is August 29, 2014. Phase One renovation to the Cottage Conservatory (currently the Museum Store Plant Shop) will consist of: a new roof, new lighting, the removal of gravel beds and the installation of green marble; a new glass ceiling; a total renovation of the path and ramp at the back staff entrance to the Cottage; and a raising of the patio by the Conservatory to make it ADA accessible, including a new ramp to the front road and new stairs. During Phase One the Museum Store Plant Shop will be closed. Not to worry, it will be back better than ever!


North side of the house, photo taken April 16, 2014
North side of the house, photo taken April 16, 2014

April 18, 2014 – The crew has been working hard to install the scrim around the scaffolding over the last week.

By the end of today 30% of the scaffolding will be “Green Tagged” or safe to use by crew other than the Pinnacle scaffolding crew.

Although the rain this week put the project a bit behind schedule the crew hopes to make that up very soon.


North side of the house, photo taken April 4, 2014
North side of the house, photo taken April 4, 2014

March 31, 2014 – The renovation crew started installing scaffolding on the north side of the house starting alongside of the Conservatory.