by Jennifer Rieger, Historic Site Co-ordinator
It has been a while since I last posted, my apologies, but there was nothing really new to share and we had some short weeks with Thanksgiving and rain. The final chimney is being repaired. The others are complete and the flashings and caps have been installed. Painting is 75% complete—we are holding off on areas where other work needs to be done. The sofitt that was rotting has been repaired and painted. All the brick has been cleaned. There is some efflorescence (white flakes) on one wall that will be checked again at the end of the project. The portico step foundation has been reset on the south side and parging has been applyed. Parging is the application of a thin layer of mortar cement to the part of the portico that will be underground. This will help protect the structure from moisture build up. The north west portico pier has been rebuilt using concrete block. The south piers are being repaired with concrete brick. We could not use the original as there was too much damage and we needed more support.
Stay tuned. I will have photos next week.