Tuesday, May 22, 2012
☞ REVIVE: The James A. Bailey House Update
"The original slate roof was disintegrating badly and leaking for many years, causing damage to the interior, and requiring a new slate roof. The slate work is being performed by "Short Slate", using time-honored traditional slating methods. We are currently waiting for the observatory dormer windows to be constructed and installed before Short Slate completes the roof work. In case you were wondering, the original observatory windows were replaced with non-historic aluminum windows about a decade ago. Wanting the house to be historically correct, and in good stead with the LPC, we poured over historical photographs and visited Reed's sister house in Cortland NY, (now the 1890 House Museum), and worked with architect Joseph Pell Lombardi to draw new windows. Mike Kershaw of "Wood Window Workshop" is constructing the new observatory windows; they will look identical to the 1888 originals.
Every detail on this project is important to us; we want the craftsmanship to be of superlative quality for this highly visible and much appreciated Harlem Landmark. We are grateful for the encouragement patience of everyone in the neighborhood. Hopefully we can remove the scaffold by the end of this year."
As many may know, this is the mansion that the partner of the famous Barnum and Bailey circus built in 1886 but has mostly been a funeral home for several decades know until it was sold back in 2009: LINK