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Location: New York City
Description: Complete exterior restoration
Types of work: Stone setting, copperwork, carpentry

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Details: The Mount Vernon Hotel was built in 1799, and was named after George Washington’s Virginia home. Tucked away on a small lot on East 61st Street in Manhattan, the structure originally occupied a 23 acre estate. Since 1941 it has been used as a public museum, displaying American furniture and decorative arts.

The museum’s walls are constructed of Manhattan Schist, a common stone in older New York buildings. The roof structure, porch, windows and doors are all wood. By the mid-1990’s, the exterior of the museum was in very poor condition. Nicholson & Galloway was retained to perform an exterior restoration program. The work was performed over the course of five years as funding allowed. Our scope of work included the following:

• 3,600 square feet of new lead-coated copper roofing
• Entire wood porch rebuilt
• 4 wood columns replaced
• Extensive repointing of stone walls
• 60 l.f. retaining walls dismantled and rebuilt
• 16” thick stone walls rebuilt on west facade

We were careful to photograph all existing walls, salvage and clean all original stone, and rebuild in the exact pattern of the original stonework.

As always, all work was supervised and performed by Nicholson & Galloway’s own personnel.

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