Restoration Progress

INTERIOR FIRST FLOOR

FLOORING

  • Replace 1st Floor flooring with hardwood flooring, herringbone pattern, and mahogany/oak inlay borders

INTERIOR SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR

FLOORING

  • Install/Finish 3/4″ solid oak 2nd/3rd flooring, approx. 2,550 square feet

CARPENTRY

  • Install interior Fire Rated Stair Well leading from the second floor to the third floor
  • Purchase and install second floor custom period exterior terrace door unit
  • Frame, insulate, and install drywall walls and ceilings
  • Restore and Install new/original historical interior doors; install trim, and arches to match historical photos.
  • Restore and Install (3) historical fireplace mantels, marble surround, and hearth with extension.
  • Restore interior stained glass skylight

PAINTING

  • Prime/Paint walls and ceiling; Prime/Paint or stain trim and wall panels

ELECTRICAL

  • Install 2nd/3rd floor electrical subpanels, wiring, outlets, switches, and HVAC wiring
  • Install commercial and period light fixtures for 2nd/3rd floors

HVAC

  • Install Mitsubishi HVAC system

PLUMBING

  • Install (3) ADA compliant bathrooms and janitorial mop sink
  • Install HVAC Condensation drainage pipes

TILEWORK

  • Install tile/stone in 3 bathrooms

SECURITY

  • Install security system

 

EXTERIOR

MASONRY

  • Purchase and install a historically correct concrete railing system on the rear porch

HARDSCAPING

  • Purchase and install parking pavers
  • Asphalt driveway and parking areas
  • Install additional walkway/pavers surrounding the elevator/stair tower
  • Install historical lamp posts
  • Install building and landscape up-lighting

LANDSCAPING

  • Install an additional sprinkler system for parking pavers / front lawn
  • Extend the current sprinkler system to include additional landscaping for elevator/stair tower entrance
  • Install seed/sod and landscaping for the front lawn parking area and elevator/stair tower entrance

Our Need:
Second and Third Floor Restoration

The focus will shift from our completed exterior restoration to the interior 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 on the upgrade of utilities, HVAC installation, and extensive carpentry work needed to bring back the stately grandeur of the Roebling-Stirn mansion. Stay tuned



Elevator Progress Continues
In progress – September 2020

Although you cannot see the progress of the elevator/stair tower behind the safety net, be rest assured construction continues!  Interior framing, fire sprinklers, electrical/fire alarm wiring, and the installation of the elevator, allowing ADA access to every floor is just about complete.  Workers will be focusing on the exterior finishes and roof next. The tentative completion date is December 1, 2020.

Exterior Painting
Completed September 2020

When Founding Charter Member, Sal Matiolli, heard we were planning to restore our mansion’s exterior, he simply asked, ‘How can I help?’.  The result, Sal and his company, Wall Systems Supply, generously donated specialty elastomeric paint and primer for the entire building.  Trabisco Painters was then hired to meticulously ‘paint’ life back to our exterior.  Owner, Richie Trabisco was so proud and honored to have worked on our landmarked mansion that he has become our newest Belvedere Circle Member.  Historical photographs from the Stirn-Roebling family photo albums were used to return the mansion to its original color scheme.

Solarium Restoration Complete
Completed – August 2020

Failures of the original Yankee gutter system and the waterproofing of the outer roof-ledge of the solarium has allowed water penetration to damage both the interior of the Verrazano Room and the exterior trellis woodwork.  Modern fiberglass was used to replace the outer roof’s 1908 original canvas/tar material.  The rotted exterior trellis woodwork was replaced.  Larger new copper gutter materials were installed to accommodate heavy downpours.

Structural Repairs
In Progress – September 2020

Structural issues on the upper floors have been identified and repairs are underway.  Heavily damaged roof rafters in two critical areas carrying the tremendous weight of the landmarked Spanish barrel tile roof have been repaired.  Plans to support the added capacity of the upper floors and correct failing load-bearing walls are being finalized and repairs are to begin soon.

Exterior Woodwork Repair
Completed – August 2020

Master carpenter/Founding Charter Member, Bob Kunz, has worked diligently to complete the replacement of rotted wood.  His skilled craftsmanship paved the way for roofers and painters to complete the renovation of our mansion’s exterior surface, bringing it back to its original glory.

Exterior Balconies
Completed – January 2020

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.

Exterior Painting
In Progress – March 2020

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.

Elevator Stair Tower
In Progress – March 2020

Mother Nature blessed us with a mild winter, but unfortunately, the rainy weather has caused extensive delays to the elevator/stair tower’s progress.  Ironworkers were unable to consistently work towards erecting the steel framework extending the completion date to August 2020. But now with the steelwork 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!

Exterior Woodwork
In Progress – March 2020

Years of neglect and the devastating effects 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 an 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.

Roof
Completed – July 2019

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. 

Patio
Completed – June 2019

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 complement 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.

Elevator Stair Tower
In Progress – August 2019

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.

Exterior Balconies
In Progress – November 2018

One of the mansion’s great architectural features is the unique Juliet balconies.  The eastern exposure and the harbor’s saltwater have wreaked havoc on the two rear balcony’s original wrought-iron structure and decorative florets.  These railings were carefully removed and are currently being restored.