The Durable Restoration Company - Award Winning Historic Restoration Contactor

The Columbus Foundation
Columbus, Ohio
Formerly home to ten Ohio governors, this classic structure is on the National Registry of historic buildings. The historic mansion was built for Charles Lindberg who lived in the home for fourteen years before the State of Ohio purchased the property in 1919. The building was used as the governor's residence until 1957. The home fell into disrepair, being used as a restaurant and offices over the years before it was purchased by The Columbus Foundation.

Our projects on this historic property have included restoration of the slate roof, the two-tiered built-in gutter system, skylights, tile walkways, pergola, replication and replacement of historic windows, and our most recent project of restoring the Palm Room is shown below.

Phase I: Skylight
The skylight suffered extensive damage and dropped four inches at its center. The structure was corrected so the rails aligned to their original positions. All new low-E, insulated glass panels with UV protection were installed to make the room more comfortable. It is now an aesthetic environment used as a conference room.

The extent of the damage became apparent as the glass was removed. Improper glazing stops had resulted in severe water penetration. The structure was lifted nearly five inches to re-establish proper alignment before repairs could begin.

Water damage to the front corner of the structure was extreme.
Opening the built-in box gutter revealed additional damage and the structure was removed. Individual pieces were cut to support the new box gutter and achieve the proper pitch around the entire roof line. This placed the downspout in the back corner and out of sight.

The historic box gutter was rebuilt and prepared for a copper liner.

The internal drain system was reintroduced to manage condensation and prevent water penetration that would lead to new wall damage. Glazing caps in the original style were used in lieu of the improper replacements which had caused continual leaking.
A heavy patina had obscured the corrugated metal. New copper cladding was installed to match the original pattern. The weeping system which channels water from the top was replaced as well.
Here is the finished skylight with glass panels installed and sealed.
Note the copper lining in the box gutter.

Phase II: Windows
The overall structure required significant repairs. All exterior wood was removed down to the original framing. Interior plaster walls were repaired and the interior trim was replicated to historical profiles. Aesthetic details consistent with structures of this nature were reintroduced as the project was returned to its historical provenance.

Damage around the inside of the windows was wide spread.
Removing the trim revealed both plaster and structural deteriorization.

New custom-made wood windows were installed after the openings were repaired and strengthened.

Each window was carefully adjusted to be sure it was plum and level.

This outside corner is now repaired with the mahogany trim and copper cap in place.
Note that this column showed extensive water damage as seen in Phase I.

The original interior shelf design was revealed when the old soffitt was removed.

All exterior wood and windows were made from mahogany for long lasting durability.
Here the base of a column is sealed for added protection.

The finished interior shows the completed repairs to plaster, wood work and trim.
The transom window opens to admit fresh air.

The finished project blends with the existing historic architecture.
UV glass in the skylight makes the room a comfortable, aesthetic meeting space.

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