Monthly Archives: December 2009

Phase III Window Work Announced!

Historic New England requests proposals from qualified preservation firms for the conservation of 15 wood windows and surface glazing and repainting of 6 additional sash at Beauport (Gloucester, MA).  The project is funded with assistance from the Save America’s Treasures administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.  Beauport is a National Historic Landmark.  All work performed must meet the “Secretary of Interior’s Standards” as well as in accordance with the documents prepared by owner.  Bid requirements can be obtained by contacting Jodi Black at 617.997.5580 or  Bids will be evaluated on price, previous experience, schedule, and references.  Bids will be accepted until Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:00PM. State Law prohibits discrimination.   

Project Background:

Starting in the fall of 2008 and continuing through 2011, Beauport is undergoing an extensive restoration and preservation plan in order to rectify water infiltration issues that continue to plague the building.  This work is an expansion of a 2006 Getty Conservation Assessment that outlined points of water penetration, structural abnormalities, and repair options.  An extensive survey, condition assessment, and restoration plan has already been outlined for the windows—dividing the units into several phases of work over three years.   

 Beauport’s windows consist of wood sash units in varying operation—fixed, casement, and double hung.  The units include wood frames that are joined by a pinned corner mortise and tenon joint and wood muntins separating individual plate glass in diamond and rectangular patterns.  The house includes over 105 window openings with 249 sash units and 10 skylights.  The previous phases included full conservation and surface glazing to approximately 136 sash located on the terrace elevation (northwest) and the front elevation (southeast) of the building.  The goal for the third phase of conservation work at Beauport is to address windows that include moderate deteriorated glazing and frames and are only accessible by the roof.  The wood shingle roof is scheduled for replacement in the late spring of 2010; therefore this phase of work has to be completed before that time.

Please Help Us Continue to Fund This Project!

Make a matching contribution to the Save America’s Treasures grant so that we can continue the much needed work at Beauport, please contact or call 617.994.5952 for more information. Thank you!

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Beauport Graces the cover of Magazine Antiques!

The December 2009 publication of Magazine Antiques showcases Beauport with two amazing articles: 

Shax Riegler goes in-depth outlining Sleeper’s position as an interior designer reusing architectural elements, painting with a colonial palette, and arranging glass and toleware collections in her article titled ‘The Legacy of Henry Davis Sleeper’

Howard Mansfield describes interior finishes and collection pieces as one would experience during a tour in his article titled ‘The Hidden Magic of Henry Davis Sleeper’s Beauport’

Pick up a copy today and ENJOY!

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