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.
Work this time focuses on the HVAC and electrical systems. One of the goals of the rehabilitation was to incorporate the electric service more elegantly into the building and reduce the visible exterior wires and make the meters less noticeable on the facade. As is so common in Winchester, limestone made the conceptual electrical trench impossible. The house is built on part of the limestone shelf encountered in the side yard, and the excavation of the trench could undermine the house’s foundation. An alternate relocation plan is drawn up for submission to the Board of Architectural Review and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.