Thursday, April 17, 2008

Historic Nails

Earlier this week, the copper flashing was removed from the roof of the lower two levels of the tower. Underneath the flashing we found old boards, many of them 17 to 18 inches wide. These hand-wrought nails were pulled out of one of the boards for examination. The nails are distinguished by their point and less than perfect construction. They likely date to the 18th century, as does the board that they held in place.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tower Siding Removed

Beginning at the end of last week and continuing Monday and Tuesday of this week, the Old State House tower has been stripped of its siding. The lower portion of the tower, known as level one, now has all of the exterior siding removed. In the picture above the interior diagonal sheathing can be seen, as well as one of the tower's ox-eye windows.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

North Bennet Street School Comes for a Visit

On Thursday, April 10, architect Don Tellalian (pictured on the right), AIA of Tellalian Associates Architects & Planners, LLC met with the Preservation Carpentry class from North Bennet Street School. Taught by Robert Adam, the class was on-site to observe preservation carpentry first-hand as Rich Muckle and a crew from M&A Architectural Preservation, Inc. were working on the siding of the Old State House tower.