Last week, Mack and Andrew of Rogers Building Corp worked on replacing the support beam for the fireplace, so that Francisco, owner of CGC Historic Restorations and the mason/bricklayer for the restoration, could work on the fireplaces. Check back later for more photos of the finished fireplace!
Because the fireplace would burn wooden framing placed under or around it, the craftsmen building the Slave Quarters were forced to used an alternative. They used Mortise and Tenon joints across the floor in front of the fireplace. This is a type of strong joint in which a mortise, or cavity, is cut into a piece of the frame. Then, a tenon, also called a tongue or tang, is made to fit inside the mortise. The joint pictured above allowed the craftsmen to support the second story without wooden frames being too close to the fireplace.
Isn’t it incredible how they can restore original pieces of the Slave Quarters? Using LiquidWood and WoodEpox, our construction guys from Rogers Building Corporation are able to fill in spots of old wood to reuse the boards in the house.
Our second story floors were not in the best condition and sadly had to be ripped up. Check out the difference between the original second story floorboards pictured above and some of the updated floors. At least we won’t have to worry about falling through these new ones!
Here are some more pictures of the restoration so far:
Rowers and Bellamy volunteers Loretta Eggeling and Maureen Rea were the Covergirls for this month’s Livin’ Out Loud magazine. They also had a several page spread featured inside.
Here’s a quick look at the Bellamy’s past exhibit “Ivey Hayes: A Retrospective”. The mansion was lucky to feature such a broad exhibit of work from the different stages in Hayes’ life. Watch as WWAY 3’s George Elliott and the Bellamy’s Gareth Evans explore this unique collection.
Ongoing restoration on the second floor of the slave quarters. The room on the right has had new flooring and support put in already, courtesy of Rogers Building Corporation. The original floor on the left will be torn up and replaced soon. Check the gallery on our Behind the Scenes page for more restoration photos.
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