Scope of Work:
This restoration was carried out in four separate phases:
- foundation stabilization, new cedar roof and metalwork, and rebuilding of four chimneys
- exterior stucco and woodwork repair
- complete interior restoration
- kitchen wing reconstruction
We completed the first, third, and forth phases in the years 1991, 1994, and 2000 respectively.
The foundation stabilization involved supporting the weight of the entire structure while new brick piers on concrete footings were constructed. Extensive interior work included: excavating in order to insulate beneath the ground floor; pine floorboard repair, replacement, and refinishing; new heating and air conditioning, electrical, lighting, sprinkler and security systems; significant plaster repair/replacement; trim work and other related carpentry; and painting. The kitchen reconstruction involved piecing together the partially intact stone foundation and then recreating the original frame kitchen with vertical wood siding.
This national historic site is the birthplace of famous Canadian poet, Pauline Johnson. The museum is open for visitors and can be contacted at (519) 752-5005.