White House window restoration begins

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   MAY 2016                                                   VOL 1 NO 2   

White House window restoration begins

May is Historic Preservation Month. With that in mind, it is a fitting time to begin restoration of windows throughout the White House of the Confederacy.

"The White House is one of the largest objects in our collection," says Robert Hancock, senior curator and director of collections. "In order to preserve the house for future generations it is vital that we repair and restore the windows."

According to Robert, a full restoration of the structure's windows has never been done since it was built in 1818. "Over time the windows have been puttied and painted. A few were removed and replaced with stained glass during the museum's early days. They were replaced with new windows during the restoration of the house in the 1980s."

The project entails removing each of the home's 46 windows and steam cleaning them to remove old putty and paint. Cracked panes will be replaced with period glass, and rotted wood will be repaired or replaced as needed. Each window will receive new putty, paint and UV filters, then reinstalled. The work will be done on two or three windows at a time. The entire project is expected to take a year and a half.

The window restoration work is being done by Dixon Kerr of Richmond. The project is one of several improvements and enhancements planned for the White of the Confederacy in observance of its bicentennial in 2018. If you would like to know more, please contact George Harmer, Director of Development at (804) 649-1861 ext. 145 or via email to gharmer@acwm.org

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