Posted on Sep 27, 2019 in Historic, Schools, Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re stirring up dust at Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Careful and selective demolition is underway in this 95-year-old house. The project’s historic tax credits require that most of the original elements of the building remain intact. Our team has identified several features of the house that we’re excluding from demolition. This includes the original hardwood floors and built-ins.

The front portico and columns are being replaced with historic replicas, and the two balconies were revived with new handrails and joists. On the inside, the ceilings and kitchen are being demolished and we’ll wait to rehabilitate the doors and windows.

Anytime you start demolition in a century-old house, it’s bound to get messy. The plaster is about an inch thick and we’re dealing with almost 100 years of dust. Doesn’t bother me though, I love a good renovation.

-Superintendent, Karl Conley

New features to the house include a large skylight made of tempered glass and an access bridge in the attic for repairs. The renovation will also include new insulation, drywall, electrical work, and plumbing.

We plan to wrap up interior demolition by the end of next week. The plumbers and electricians will then take over the inside and our team will continue work on the exterior.

We have a feeling this project will make a great ‘before-and-after’ photo.


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