Restoration Update: The Northern Tower
By: Mackenzie M. Padula, 5/12/2020
Throughout the winter of 2020, the North Tower of Lucknow Mansion received comprehensive exterior restoration. This was a vital project to prevent water incursion and protect the house interior and its collections. This project included erecting a scaffold and enclosed exterior that allowed teams to work on the project in the winter despite the cold temperatures and extensive winds we experience up on the mountain top. Restoration carpenters from Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation identified rotten timbers to remove and replace. At the same time, the team from Steppingstones Masonry, LLC repointed the stone veneer, carefully marking each stone to ensure they were replaced in exactly the same place. Doors and windows were taken out for their protection during this work and were independently cleaned and restored by Bedard Preservation & Restoration. The balcony – which was not original, but a replacement installed by a previous owner – was removed from the second floor octagonal bedroom and it will be replaced with a replica of the original balcony. While many won’t be able to discern the changes made to the exterior of the North Tower, they were necessary to set us up to restore the two rooms in its interior in the next few years.