Happy Preservation Month!
By: Mackenzie M. Padula, 5/4/2021 | Theme: Conversations
As May is National Preservation Month, we would like to take this moment to reflect on the ongoing preservation work happening on our property, and thank our generous supporters for your assistance in this endeavor.
Preservation is the activity or process of keeping something valued alive, intact and free from damage or decay. At Castle in the Clouds we actively work to preserve, conserve and restore Lucknow Mansion and its surrounding landscapes. Over the last 15 years Castle Preservation Society has worked on the following:
|Exterior Projects||Date Completed||Interior Projects||Date Completed|
|Lucknow Chimney #4 Repair||2006||Boudoir||2012|
|Rebuild Carriage House Patio||2007||Olive’s Dressing Room||2012|
|Lucknow Chimneys #1, 2 & 3 Repair||2007||Attendant’s Room (wallpaper)||2012|
|Lucknow Basement Roof Repair – resealed under lawn||2007||Staircase Hall (paint, wallpaper)||2014|
|Carriage House Garage Roof||2008||Green Room – Large Guest Room (Paint, wallpaper)||2014|
|Lucknow Walkway to Sunroom – resealed under lawn||2008||Butler’s Pantry (paint)||2015|
|Lucknow Library Alcove Roof and Large Guest Room Dormer||2009||Servants’ Hall||2016|
|Large Guest Room Lakeside Dormer||2010||Dining Room||2016|
|Boudoir Balcony||2010||Master Bedroom||2017|
|Lucknow Master Bathroom Dormer||2011||Small Maid’s Room||2018|
|Lucknow Electric Rewired||2012||Basement||2018|
|Lower Gate House Exterior||2012||Green Room – Large Guest Room (carpet)||2018|
|Lucknow South Basement Stone Façade||2013||Library||ongoing|
|Lucknow Portico||2013||1st Floor Guest Room (Blue Room)||ongoing|
|Lucknow East Basement Stone Façade, Phase 1||2013||2nd Floor Guest Room (Brown Room)||upcoming|
|Lucknow South Tower Exterior||2014|
|Lakeside Lawn – repitched, drainage, sod||2016|
|Lucknow Front Dormers||2019|
|Lucknow Library Gable End||2019|
|Lucknow Lakeside Pool||2019|
|Lucknow North Tower Exterior||2020|
You can read about how we prioritize our projects in the blog post “How do we choose our next restoration projects?”. All of our restoration work is done to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. These standards regulate how we approach restoration work and the treatments we use on every material, from masonry to metals on both the mansion’s exterior and interior spaces and finishes. Our goal is always to retain as much of the original material as possible, and to replace in kind when something is too damaged or degraded to restore.
To learn more about historic preservation, we suggest visiting any of the following websites:
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