Falling into disrepair over the years, we began the restoration with caved in
ceilings, rotted floors, and haphazard 20th century repairs. During the course
of a four year restoration, this former lumbermans mansion has been returned to its former glory.
The parlour maintained 90% of its original plaster cornice and ceiling moldings. The cornice and ceiling molding in the window bay at the right were reproduced by a local craftsman in plaster using traditional methods. The carpets are wool ingrain made in York, PA by Family Heirloom Weavers. Made in 3 ft. widths, then hand stitched and fitted to the room. In the mid 19th century, this was the original wall to wall carpeting.
Two of the three bay windows had to be rebuilt from scratch. All woodwork, sash and paint graining were painstakingly reproduced to match the original windows.
Originally fitted with gas lights, the house has long since been electrified. However, original fixtures like this chandelier in the dining room were repaired. In this case, it was rewired with cloth covered wire and tied off with matching thread. Restoration is all about the details.
Three original balcony railing sections were found stacked in a back room. After fabricating a matching section of the railing and reproducing trim traced from a few original filigree pieces, the balcony looks just as it did in the 1860's.
All plaster was repaired or replaced and then either painted or in this case, papered with reproduction wallpaper.
On the third floor ballroom, floors were repaired and patched with vintage flooring. The floors were lightly sanded, cleaned and left bare, as many original pine floors were.