Project Info

Second Empire Restoration, Johnstown, New York

Second Empire Restoration, Johnstown, New York: After many decades of neglect, the new owners of this Second Empire gem wanted to restore her to her original glory. Great lengths were taken to replicate original slate and other details "in kind" for an historically-appropriate restoration. New windows, sills and preservation of the surrounding trim demanded attention to detail. The installation of a TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin single-ply roofing) membrane made for a "green" finish on the structure. The owners of such buildings are more than homeowners--they are the stewards of history. Working with Olde Mohawk, the historic fabric that makes up the region's built heritage is preserved for generations to come.
New York
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An icon of the Second Empire style
Reattaching the original finial after replacing the slate and copper hip flashings
Replicating the original slate colors and pattern
Detail view of the tower
Protecting the copper roof, below, required special care.
An old view, the winter before the restoration took place.

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