Jonathan Hunt House Restoration, Preservation and Restoration


This is the Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt House in Vernon, Vermont.  It is set apart from the norm by the fact that it is a Federal Style home, but with a single center chimney.  The Federal norm is either two or four chimneys located at the end gables.  In 1987 I was commissioned to provide my historic architectural services including the working plans for the restoration of this antique home.  The challege of this project was in carefully reading the building-as-found, in order to find the evidence of previous features that were lost or hidden by later modifications.  This is done by inspecting & investigating the building in detail.  Next is assesing its period detail; measuring & drafting Existing Condition documents; and then drafting the working plans for restoration.  The rear half of the main floor had been stripped of original wall boards, interior partitions, and a rear stairway.  Sufficient evidence was discovered to establish the location of the missing original interior wall partitions & the original back stair.  The three original fireplaces on the main floor were found to have been changed, with smaller fireboxes built within the originals, thankfully without damage to the original fireboxes. The later brickwork was removed, uncovering rear-wall beehive ovens in two of them.   A large formal corner cupboard was standing free in the house, without a home.  So where was its original location?   By examining the joinery in the wainscot in the two front parlors, I found joints which were a perfect match for the width of the cupboard and it was reinstalled there. New board walls of the original type  were made up and installed in the original Keeping Room to replace the missing, original rooms.  The original panel work in the front rooms of both main and second floor had been largely undisturbed, and some delicate refinishing brought them back to original condition.

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