New windows for historic Auchmar mansion

News Jul 22, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Restoration work on all of the major windows at the Auchmar mansion has been completed.

“They look fantastic,” said Ian Kerr-Wilson, manager of heritage resource management at the City of Hamilton, who noted the 15 windows on their list at the 19th century historical site on the west Mountain were each carefully rebuilt.

The $380,000 project also included replacement of 30 modern sash with replicas based on historic drawings, replacement and remediation of four roofs over bay windows, reconstruction of crenellation details (teeth-like protrusions at the top of the window frame) over four bay windows and flashings and downspouts and manufacturing of storm windows for all first floor windows and French doors.

Work is also continuing on the restoration of the 240-foot long stone wall around the coach house building.

Kerr-Wilson said a new foundation was put in place and the wall is being rebuilt using mostly stones from the original structure.

Concrete buttresses are being installed at some points along the wall and parts of the structure are being held together through a series of stainless steel pins.

The $800,000 restoration work began in the spring of 2014 and is expected to be completed by the fall.

Meanwhile, the outside of the mansion will take on a more historic cream-colour look later this year.

Kerr-Wilson said stucco work to repair cracks in the walls should begin in the next few weeks.

Once that is done the outside of the building will be painted over with a silica material, which Kerr-Wilson described as a modern version of a lime wash that would have been used in the 19th century.

“It’s a breathable sealant,” said Kerr-Wilson. “You will see an amazing change to the exterior of the building.”

The new coating should be completed by the end of the year.

Proposals for the future use of Auchmar from two local non-profit groups were recently turned down by the city and city council has asked culture division staff to prepare an operational plan for the site.

 

New windows for historic Auchmar mansion

Restoration work continues at west Mountain site

News Jul 22, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Restoration work on all of the major windows at the Auchmar mansion has been completed.

“They look fantastic,” said Ian Kerr-Wilson, manager of heritage resource management at the City of Hamilton, who noted the 15 windows on their list at the 19th century historical site on the west Mountain were each carefully rebuilt.

The $380,000 project also included replacement of 30 modern sash with replicas based on historic drawings, replacement and remediation of four roofs over bay windows, reconstruction of crenellation details (teeth-like protrusions at the top of the window frame) over four bay windows and flashings and downspouts and manufacturing of storm windows for all first floor windows and French doors.

Work is also continuing on the restoration of the 240-foot long stone wall around the coach house building.

Kerr-Wilson said a new foundation was put in place and the wall is being rebuilt using mostly stones from the original structure.

Concrete buttresses are being installed at some points along the wall and parts of the structure are being held together through a series of stainless steel pins.

The $800,000 restoration work began in the spring of 2014 and is expected to be completed by the fall.

Meanwhile, the outside of the mansion will take on a more historic cream-colour look later this year.

Kerr-Wilson said stucco work to repair cracks in the walls should begin in the next few weeks.

Once that is done the outside of the building will be painted over with a silica material, which Kerr-Wilson described as a modern version of a lime wash that would have been used in the 19th century.

“It’s a breathable sealant,” said Kerr-Wilson. “You will see an amazing change to the exterior of the building.”

The new coating should be completed by the end of the year.

Proposals for the future use of Auchmar from two local non-profit groups were recently turned down by the city and city council has asked culture division staff to prepare an operational plan for the site.

 

New windows for historic Auchmar mansion

Restoration work continues at west Mountain site

News Jul 22, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Restoration work on all of the major windows at the Auchmar mansion has been completed.

“They look fantastic,” said Ian Kerr-Wilson, manager of heritage resource management at the City of Hamilton, who noted the 15 windows on their list at the 19th century historical site on the west Mountain were each carefully rebuilt.

The $380,000 project also included replacement of 30 modern sash with replicas based on historic drawings, replacement and remediation of four roofs over bay windows, reconstruction of crenellation details (teeth-like protrusions at the top of the window frame) over four bay windows and flashings and downspouts and manufacturing of storm windows for all first floor windows and French doors.

Work is also continuing on the restoration of the 240-foot long stone wall around the coach house building.

Kerr-Wilson said a new foundation was put in place and the wall is being rebuilt using mostly stones from the original structure.

Concrete buttresses are being installed at some points along the wall and parts of the structure are being held together through a series of stainless steel pins.

The $800,000 restoration work began in the spring of 2014 and is expected to be completed by the fall.

Meanwhile, the outside of the mansion will take on a more historic cream-colour look later this year.

Kerr-Wilson said stucco work to repair cracks in the walls should begin in the next few weeks.

Once that is done the outside of the building will be painted over with a silica material, which Kerr-Wilson described as a modern version of a lime wash that would have been used in the 19th century.

“It’s a breathable sealant,” said Kerr-Wilson. “You will see an amazing change to the exterior of the building.”

The new coating should be completed by the end of the year.

Proposals for the future use of Auchmar from two local non-profit groups were recently turned down by the city and city council has asked culture division staff to prepare an operational plan for the site.