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Resource Brief – Stabilizing the Maurice Stephens House

Rebuilding the failing masonry wall and replacing windows at the Maurice Stephens house. (Tim Long, NPS)
Rebuilding the failing masonry wall and replacing windows at the Maurice Stephens house. (Tim Long, NPS)

The Maurice Stephens house is sited prominently at the edge of the Grand Parade ground of the Continental Army. Built in 1816, the structure had been used as a farm house, and later as offices and a nature center. Its prime location means that it could play a strong role in interpretation of both the historic uses and also the environmental resources of the Grand Parade, but it needed stabilization and rehabilitation. Through a Save America's Treasures grant the building was re-roofed with historically correct wood shingles. An archeological investigation was completed and the grade around the house was returned to original levels. A Historic Structure Report was completed and funding was obtained for structural stabilization, exterior restoration and interior improvements, including rebuilding a failing masonry façade, historically accurate re-pointing, and replacement of windows and entry doors with ones more in keeping with its original date of construction. Interior work and exhibits to open it for visitors are still to come.

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