Rundlet-May House portico and columns repaired
February 19, 2016
In the constant battle with the elements, maintaining a house's front-line defenses against time and weather requires constant vigilance.
In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the stately facade of Rundlet-May House looks over Middle Street from its terraced yard. The front door is sheltered by a classical portico and flanked by two reeded columns that rest on turned bases and substantial plinth blocks. These elegant details protect the front door from the onslaught of weather.
With this kind of exposure, wooden elements require periodic repair or replacement in addition to maintenance. Last summer, Historic New England's carpentry crew replaced the decaying plinths and bases and completed other repairs. See images below.
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