|Loose areas and 150 years of sloppy patches are cut out,
metal lath, and molding plaster and lime.
This method of forming the "arris", or outside
corner is called "stripping".
A wood strip is stuck flush with the old arris using dabs of molding plaster and lime. Later the blobs are scraped off. Nailing the strip would only damage the moldings more.
|Bottom is filled flush with the strip. Here,
uses a mitering rod to straighten the angle, or
|Strip removed after mortar sets hard, top side stripped and
A little filling and troweling, and our arris is on the money, just like 1850.
|Smaller arrises are done by mitering, or tooling
with a mitering rod. With a new coat of paint,
moldings will look like new again.
Some of the castings are broken off and missing.
We'll probably do those next winter.
|Mynor trowels white coat smooth on the first
ceiling. Note the support we made to support the medallion and chandelier for protection from demolition. A lot of the old ceiling was cut out and filled with new metal lath and plaster.
|An 1820 piano and the fireplace were covered
with boxes made of two by fours and masonite
|This unique "shadow box" design of the plaster moldings is
beautiful. (No, we didn't do them. They were done in the 1850's) The
(cast details) are hollow behind, supported by the top and and bottom
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Bronze chandeliers have a unique fox and grape design. They were wired for electricity I think
about the 1920's.
You may remember a virtual tour
I did of this building 2 years ago:
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