A Slight Departure

So I know that I usually do the traveling/drawing/architectural learning format for this blog. But for this week I thought that I would interject something a little bit different–the sweet taste of lead.

This picture is courtesy of the Library of Congress. Back in the old days.

This picture is courtesy of the Library of Congress.  The Morris-Gadsden House. Back in the old days…

If I could buy the Gadsden house a glass of bourbon I would. We have become fast friends by now, considering that I’ve spent a lot of time over the past week in intimate proximity with it’s refined side.

Built just after 1800, with a chain of title indicating that some of Charleston’s finest called 329 East Bay St. home, the Morris-Gadsden House is a fine–if imposing–example of federal architecture in Charleston. However, according to the HABS report, by 1941 it was already cut up as a tenement house. Neglected for decades, and then finally brutalized by Hugo, recently, the house has been getting some much needed TLC. And I have had the distinct pleasure of adding my small part.

I suppose I’ll be working on the house for a while, but currently I’m on cornice duty. The front parlor on the first floor has an elegant wood/compo cornice that had suffered a lot of damage from Hugo–and I suspect–the advent of plumbing. So I’m replicating the compo that has fallen off, and in the mean time, making a mold of the cornice for posterity’s sake. As with all of the restoration jobs I do, I have become quite emotionally attached to it. Unfortunately I’m not finished, so you will have to tune in next week for (hopefully) the finished product.

This, of course is the "stable" part of the existing cornice.

This  is the “stable” part of the existing cornice. Haha! Lead paint!

Not stable!

Not stable!

I'm painting on the mold, which is a slow process, but I can't risk trying to remove any part of the stable trim, and the trim we are trying to restore is too far gone to cast. 15 layers and counting...

I’m painting on the mold, which is a slow process, but I can’t risk trying to remove any part of the stable trim, and the trim we are trying to restore is too far gone to cast. Fifteen layers and counting…

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