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Phillips House back porch is back in shape

January 23, 2015

New paint

Wood + water + microorganisms = year-round projects for Historic New England's carpenters.

Our staff carpentry crew focuses mostly on exterior woodwork at the thirty-six Historic New England properties, completing such projects as recent repairs to the back porch at Phillips House in Salem, Massachusetts.

The small porch, which shelters an icebox and leads into the kitchen, serves as a staff and service entrance during museum hours. Its stairs and rails are exposed to the weather. Their location at an inside corner on the north elevation offers only a little exposure to sunlight at the end of each day. This creates ideal conditions for organisms that attack wood.

During the recent carpentry project, damaged wood was documented, removed, and replaced in kind. With these repairs complete, the back porch should see years of trouble-free service.

This is just one example of the regular upkeep required to preserve historic buildings. There is always more work to be done. Please help us preserve extraordinary buildings like Phillips House with a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.

View a gallery of the Phillips House porch repairs.

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Phillips House back porch is back in shape