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What’s New in Preservation?

January 27, 2021 Published By Julie Arrison-Bishop

The Joshua Phippen House’s (c.1782-1785) chimney is quickly deteriorating.

Bricks are missing from the top and have most likely fallen down the inside the chimney. The structure is weak and in need of repair. Without immediate repair, the chimney is in danger of detrimental deterioration that will result in a complete rebuild.

We are awaiting funding confirmation for 50% of the project cost from the Methuen Festival of Trees, but have started Phase I of the restoration project in December 2020. Mason Fabio Bardini started the project by repointing both chimneys and using a lime wash to help preserve existing bricks. This wash will also help to make any leaks or condensation issues more noticeable.

Phase II of the restoration and repair project will begin this spring with a focus on leaks and flaws in the structure. Salvaged bricks to restore the chimneys.

You can help us! We’re grateful for the partial funding for this project and need to raise an additional $2350. Make your donation here.

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This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop