Monthly Archives: August 2010

Rain!

The copper wash at the China Trade roof directs a lot of water to a drainage grate below

Generally during rain storms work ceases– but for us at Historic New England, rain storms are a perfect time to review active drainage problems at the site as well as review the new roof work.  Slipping into some rain boots and a sou’wester hat, we venture out to look for problematic areas or sections that may need additional considerations– and of course, dreaded leaks.

The primary job of a roof is to keep out water and protect the interior contents.  The large area of a roof repels a lot of water but then it must be directed in some suitable way, so that it does not cause damage.  This can be complicated at Beauport– with 200 squares, nearly 30 roof penetrations, and an area with 19 intersecting roof lines– water run off and drainage is extremely important.  Understanding where water is directed on such an expansive roof is the key to keeping the interior dry.

Rain rushes off the Sun Porch Roof onto the garden beds below, which can damage plants

The small roof at the South Gallery Nook takes on a lot of water from the steep Blue Willow Room roof above

The gutter at the Pine Kitchen roof can't take the rain and it gushes over to the window opening below

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The Rug in the Octagon Room

The Beauport Museum includes 104 hooked rugs (75 of which are currently on view).  Last year, the Collections Team at Historic New England worked hard preserving many of the rugs, which have deteriorated over the years due to age, ultra violet light, and tour traffic.  You can read about their work here.    But today we would like to announce the newest member of the rug collection, a reproduction piece in the Octagon Room.

 
In the fall of 2008, Sally Coon, President of the Orange Coast Classics Chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA), Richard Nylander, former Senior Curator of Historic New England, and Pilar Garro, Beauport Site Manager worked together to select an interior hooked rug that could be reproduced.  They decided on a rug located in the Octagon Room.  It was in a high traffic area and included a rare geometric pattern.  Ms. Coon traced the pattern and color matched the wool. 
 
Back in California, the Orange Coast Classic Chapter members dyed the wool and started the rug.  Each person was responsible for a small section– passing the rug from person to person until the rug was finished.  In total, 27 people worked on the rug, which was completed this summer.  
 
Diane Daniels (former President of the Orange Coast Classics Chapter) presented the reproduction hooked rug today to Pilar Garro.  Along with the rug was a small journal with entries of all the participants throughout the process. 
 
Here is a sample of two of the entries:
 
“It has been a joy and an honor to work on this rug.  My interest in handcrafts of the past led me to rug hooking.  Needless to say i’m ‘hooked’.  I appreciate the opportunity to help re-create this rug for future generations.”  Rosanne Zukle
 
“My hope is this rug will be enjoyed for many years to come!  It is a worthwhile project to be a little part of history.  I started hooking almost 60 years ago, and started again about 12 years ago!  It has been a very special pleasure for me to hook on this rug with my daughter.” Jean Harris Coon, Corona del Mar, CA
 
Other participants were: Gene Shepherd, Debi Borden, Susan Kievman, Elise Roberts, Sally Coon, Peggy Johnson, Bobbie Crouse, Marcy Gurnett, Barbara Milakovich, Cathy Childester, Barbara Holden, Sylvia Esparza, Kathy Bunch, Julie Winkler, Susan Naples, Bernie Herron, Emily Gail Wyett, JoAnn Gonzalez, Iris Salter, Beth Stiel, Jane Olson, Karen Moore, Norma Flodman, and Diane Daniels.  
The historic rug will be stored for safe keeping and the journal will be kept in Haverhill at the Collections and Conservation Center.
Happy Hooking!

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