Mount Vernon was the home of George Washington, Founding Father of the United States of America. With construction beginning in 1730, the house was modified multiple times during Washington’s lifetime under his direction. Mount Vernon remains the symbol of our first President and is the most visited historic house in the US.
We were contracted to work on a team with mechanical and structural engineers, and historical architects to document the conditions of the cellar, understand the causes of deterioration, and recommend means of preventing further loss while restoring it to its appearance at the time of Washington’s death in 1799.
Our conservators documented the condition of the stone and brick, monitored environmental conditions, directed and analyzed tests of the historic stone, brick, mortar and plasters, and are developing recommendations to stabilized the site and preserve the original materials. Work is to be completed by April 2018.