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.
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......
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.