We continue our journey through the renovation process at the Samuel Noakes House at 101 West Cork Street/201 South Braddock Street. Updates are posted each Tuesday through the PHW blog, following the progress with virtual hardhat tours.
Exterior details are the focus of today’s blog. Some sample test swatches of color were added to the Cork Street side of the building to mimic the appearance of the four various color combinations. While working on the exterior, a number of the sills were found to be in very deteriorated condition. Two have been removed, and more are likely to need repair. If you have ever wondered how some rot can be repaired with epoxy, watch this video from the Kansas Historical Society:
On the Braddock Street side, the scaffolding is in place to work on the cornice. Photographs indicated there were 13 brackets with a band of egg and dart molding beneath. The photographs were very unclear and the exact style of both were unable to be determined, so fairly simple brackets and molding will be used as replacements. The simplicity is in keeping with Winchester’s generally less ornate approach to architectural ornamentation.
In the rear, more excavation work took place for a patio area. The limestone outcropping encountered previously extends across most of the yard, so to keep the excavation costs in hand, the outcropping will be used as the base for the retaining wall.
Next time, we will take a look in the basement, along with some additional artifacts discovered during this latest phase of the construction. We’ll see you next Tuesday!