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Kitchen House Structural Work
Structural work completed between 2005 - 2006 on the kitchen house at Kingsley Plantation.
Disintegrating sill beam
Shows disintegrated sill beam in kitchen house.
Hewing sill beam
Preservation team member hews sill beam for kitchen house.
Lifting new sill beam into place
Preservation team members lift new sill beam into place in kitchen house.
Team working on kitchen house structural members
Preservation team working on the vertical members of the second story of the kitchen house. The new sill beams have been put in place.
Floors removed north room
The floors were removed in the north and south rooms of the kitchen. Under the north room floors, staff found the remnants of an old wall.
Damaged plaster walls
The plaster in the kitchen house was damaged in many places.
Plaster is applied to the lathe. Three coats of plaster were used - horsehair scratch, brown coat, and the finish coat.
Toothing for exterior masonry
To secure new tabby bricks around the doors and windows, staff used the "toothing" method. Toothing interlocks the bricks so that they are tied together by brick and mortar (right photograph) instead of one long vertical mortar joint.
Tabby bricks were made for the kitchen house structural work project.
Exposed brick interior kitchen house
Underneath the lime surface of the walls in the southeast corner of the south room of the kitchen house the tabby brick wall structure was revealed.
Lime surface replaced and mineral paint applied
The new lime finish in the southeast corner of the south room of the kitchen house, with its first coat of mineral paint.
Plaster and paint completed in north room
The north room of the kitchen, with plaster, paint, stain, and floors completed.
Porch with new lime finish
A new lime coat was placed over the tabby porch to protect the historic material.
The new stone slab covering the chimney better protects the building by sealing out rain and birds.
Tools of the Trade
The photograph shows the tools of the mason's trade, and fresh plaster soon to be applied to the kitchen walls.