|THE NEW FRONT ENTRY.|
My friend, Jim, hired a very talented young man , (and I do mean young , 24 years old) to build a new 18th century door surround. As you can see from the picture on the left , it is very very impressive. Nat is a student at The Bennet Street school in Boston and he has replicated all of the missing original woodwork in the house. Obviously he will have a great career!
By the way, the steps are white oak and will never rot. the rest of the photos show several rooms before and after. The house has twelve rooms and twelve fireplaces, I tried to show what I could. I also want to say that the restoration of the chimneys and fireplaces, was done by Richard Irons , restoration mason. He is the best!!!!!!!
This house has made such an impact that all you have to say to anyone from Marblehead is ," there is this house in Old town being restored", and the response is always "oh I know the house, it is incredible!" There have been many tough decisions along the way such as, where to put kitchen and bathrooms ( there are 3 1/2 baths) , which is not so easy to do if you are trying to maintain integrity . I think it has been done in this house very well. There is still more in this house that I wasn't able to show in this post. There is a wonderful pantry and many back staircases. The bathrooms were done with care and are beautiful .I hope to get back there to take the final finish pictures. If you happen to be in Marblehead's Old Town , it isn't hard to find on Washington street. You might like to stop and take a peak!
|FRONT BEFORE RESTORATION|
|BACK OF HOUSE BEFORE RESTORATION.|
|BACK AFTER RESTORATION|
|WINDOW AT TOP OF STAIRCASE WITH WINDOW SEAT|
|STAIRCASE AND FRONT ENTRY|
|UPSTAIRS MASTER BATH|
|BEFORE IT BECAME MASTER BATH|
|BACK BEDROOM ALMOST DONE|
|PARLOR BEFORE AND DURING RESTORATION|
Notice the painting above the mantel. It was done in the 1940's and was not in a good state. Jim decided to paint over it but kept the one in the Parlor chamber.
|PARLOR BEING PAINTED A BEAUTIFUL RICH BLUE|
|small room at the end of the hallway before restoration|
|Breakfast room after .|
|Old kitchen fireplace restored and awaiting it's final choice of paint color. The color chosen is on the right.|
|Old kitchen fireplace before restoration . Looks grim!|
|Garret or attic bedroom before restoration and after !|
|Before restoration. This is where the modern day kitchen is now . This was a room in the 1790 ell , also has a bake oven and was used as a kitchen.|
|New kitchen with 18th century panelling made by Nat.|
|Cabinets being installed .|
|The beautiful rich green in the dining room.|
|Parlor chamber before.|
|Upstairs Parlor chamber getting a deep yellow color.|