After a four year restoration, we are happy to announce the return of the Shrewsbury-Windle Home to the 2017 Christmas tour line-up. Work began on the exterior in September 2013. This restoration/rehabilitation is a comprehensive project aimed at restoring/rehabilitating the property for museum and event use. The last major rehabilitation of the structure took place in the 1950s. The total cost for this project is estimated to be between $1.7 – $2 million.
The following are some of the major work items associated with this project. All new roofs, gutters and downspouts were installed. Cleaning and repair of all exterior stone, including brick repair and repainting of all exterior wood work. Dismantling and reassembling the river facing portico on a new reinforced concrete foundation. Restoration and repainting of all exterior iron work including window and shutter restoration and the historic iron fence around the property. Repairs were also made to the brick walkway. A new accessibility ramp and new accessible restrooms in the outbuilding were added. New heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems were integrated. Much needed plaster repairs were made along with varnish and plaster conservation in the Drawing Room. Historically documented paint colors were used throughout, including the Drawing Room which had not been re-painted since 1859. Period appropriate carpets, drapes and wallpapers were used as were other floor coverings as well as furniture restoration.
Original light fixtures have been rewired and exterior lights have been installed. A commercial grade internet/Wi-Fi system and a new caterer’s station have also been added. You won’t want to miss this!