We have had a lot of preservation work happening at The Gables over the past few weeks. As with any construction project, there are bound to be surprises. Let us tell you – this was a doozy!
Since last fall we have been working with local contractors on the install of new HVAC units in the Hooper-Hathaway, Becket, and Phippen Houses. It’s been an arduous process with many unforeseen bumps. Last month the oil tank in Phippen gave way. Oil spills and old dirt floor basements are not a good match and an environmental company was called in to clean up the soil. As they started removing layers, more issues were found. Unfortunately, in the deep dig of the soil, part of the foundation of the house collapsed. Luckily, no one was hurt and we’re actively working to resolve this issue.
It’s needless to say that this project is going to cost us more than planned. A gift to our 2019 Annual Fund can help us to offset costs as we seek emergency funding for this project. You can donate here and know that your contribution will be put to immediate and good use.
On a happier note, the wisteria have budded; the lilacs are popping; the tulips have a little life left. We definitely encourage you to come for a visit and enjoy the spring scenery. Learn a little bit more about our gardens by clicking here.
Later this week, we’ll be doing a soft roll-out of some updates to our guided tour experience. You’ll be able to visit the Dining Room Chamber and hear a different story in our attic. We’ll definitely want your feedback as we decide how we’ll be moving forward in these rooms and beyond!Tags: foundation, garden, historic preservation, interpretive plan, phippen, phippen house, preservation, seaside gardens, structure
This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop