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Construction photograph of the west and north facades showing the roof extension, bay, and temporary shoring of the existing low roof at the entrance.
Construction photograph of the west facade. The 3 original 1901 art glass doors will be restored and installed in the bay in the spring. The 1901 terrace will be rebuilt this summer.
Contstruction photograph from the southwest. The scaffolding is a German design commonly used inside of nuclear power plants. This was selected for its vertical flexibility needed for the sloping roof.
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One of my clients owns an original Prairie home by another architect and he replaced quite a few support beams to bring the home back to level.
Targeted completion date is September 1, 2006. However I am much more concerned with ultra fidelity to the original than the completion date. We are being very scientific and thoroughly researching each step. Some of what we are doing is very innovative and challenging, especially in the areas of structural repairs and the interior finishes. Some of the existing plaster wall panels are in very good condition and will receive minimalist restoration by an art conservator. Since our children are grown, we are using a water based interior paint system scientifically matched to the original which is not durable and somewhat fragile. Hopefully we can achieve an identical look to the original without being bound by durability issues except in the kitchen and bathroom. We are moving at a fine pace, but it takes time. I am also bumping up against budget limitations which may impact the completion date. If you see a can in your local retailer labeled "Save the Davenport House and, Paul and Cheryl's Marriage" please put in a quarter.Anonymous wrote:Are you living in the house now, and when is your targeted completion date? I would love to see it when finished...
We are not living in the house. We will move in mid-July while the exterior work is being completed.
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