Although there remains plenty of exterior work, focus will somewhat shift to the 6,000 square feet of the mansion’s upper floors. Built in 1908, with very few standard building techniques, some load-bearing walls have failed the test of time and will be our first priority. Additionally, years of extensive water damage has only compounded the structural challenges. With the floors, walls and ceilings ‘stripped down to the studs’, expert structural engineers have identified areas that need Immediate attention, and plans are being developed to execute the significant repairs. Once structural issues are addressed, we will focus our attention to the upgrade of utilities, HVAC installation and extensive carpentry work needed to bring back the stately grandeur of the Roebling-Stirn mansion. Stay tuned......
Our Juliet balconies have been restored to their original beauty! A fiberglass roof has replaced the leaky tarred roof and the restored wrought iron railings are now in place.
The process of hiring a painter is underway. The size of the mansion, its unique woodwork and stucco will be a challenge for the team of painters that will be tackling the job. Some areas will require scrapping 120 years of paint. In the end, Casa Belvedere will look as it did when Louis A. and Laura Stirn finished building their home in 1908.
Mother Nature blessed us with a mild winter, but unfortunately the rainy weather has caused extensive delays to the elevator/stair tower's progress. Iron workers were unable to consistently work towards erecting the steel framework extending the completion date to August 2020. But now with the steel work behind us and the concrete floors/stairs completed, the carpenters are moving at a fast clip, framing the walls and roof. The structure is slowly taking shape, but now you can now envision the size and scope of the project. The roof, windows and doors are next!
Years of neglect and the devastating affects of water on unprotected wood has destroyed exterior woodwork throughout portions of the mansion. With the help of our Belvedere Club member and master carpenter, Bob Kunz, areas of rotted wood have been replaced with impermeable composite material that will last a lifetime. His work includes painstakingly restoring the parapet walls located on the front and rear porch, taking care to replicate the exact details of the original woodwork.
Our mansion’s roof has been fully restored thanks to a grant received from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. To maintain a historical aesthetic appearance, reclaimed tiles were used throughout the restoration and all flashing and valleys were replaced with new copper! Years of winter storms have not been kind to our gutters... after replacing the gutter and leaders, new ice/snow guards were installed to protect our investment.
A new addition to our grounds is a 1,800 square foot patio. Members Mark D’Andrea, Nick D’Amato and Nick’s sons, Nicholas and Vincent, volunteered their time and equipment to construct this magnificent patio to compliment our breathtaking views. The new space creates an additional outdoor venue for programs and Belvedere Club members can now enjoy an expanded alfresco dining experience.
The elevator/stair tower project is well underway.
From a delayed start, to a couple of unexpected hurdles, the team of professionals is pushing ahead with a tentative date of completion, July 2020!
Not exactly restoration, but a bridge to our final interior restoration projects…. Once completed, the new structure will provide an additional entrance to the mansion and allow visitors ADA access to the lower floor as well as the upper second and third floors.
One of the mansion’s great architectural features is the unique Juliet balconies. The eastern exposure and the harbor’s salt water have wrecked havoc on the two rear balcony’s original wrought iron structure and decorative florets. These railings were carefully removed and are currently being restored.
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