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Big House roof replacement area

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Keystone Historic Preservation Award 2017

The Andalusia Foundation announces the award of an $80,000 (matching) PHMC Keystone Historic Preservation grant for roof replacement to Andalusia’s Big House. The roof project will include replacement of the North Wings and hyphen at the Carriage Entrance as shown in the photo above. Additionally, the chimneys will be rebuilt/repointed and an improved lightning protection installed.

The 2014 Historic Structures Report investigation revealed that the metal roofing of the Big House North-wing and hyphen areas is nearly 100 percent original to the additions made by architect Thomas U. Walter in 1834-36. The metal roofing is zinc-coated steel, commonly known as tin, with hand-crimped standing seams in the field areas of the roofs and a flat-seamed trough-pan and pole-gutter system. The “standing seam” metal roofing is an important character-defining feature of the Big House architectural fabric. With age and weathering, numerous pin-holes and more substantial issues have reached a point where patching is no longer productive and jeopardizes the interior. All repairs and replacements will adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for historic properties.

It is expected that the project will begin in early 2018. Additional fundraising is underway to assure timely completion of the project. For further information please call 215-245-5479.