It takes a Village…

You’ve heard it said, “It takes a village . . .”   Well, for a project like this one – the repair of Mallory-Neely’s 91 historic wooden windows – it certainly does take a group to make it happen, but in this case the “village” is our Project Team. Each team member has a specific role and works with the other team members to contribute their expertise and services to the project’s success.

We, at the Mallory-Neely House, are proud to announce our Project Team members!

Project Manager – Mike Lemm / Project Manager, Building Design &

Construction, Division of Engineering, City of Memphis

Site Manager – Jennifer M. Tucker Manager of Historic Properties, PPFM & Division of Parks and Neighborhoods, City of Memphis

Architect – Dianne R. Dixon, AIA, NCARB – Clark/Dixon Architects

Contractor – D.W. McAlister / D.W. Contracting

Historically accurate repairs are of utmost importance!  So, the starting point was the commitment we made to follow the National Preservation Standards (NPS) for the work to be done.  The NPS were developed by the Department of the Interior of the U.S. government as a guideline for performing repairs on historic properties.  Preservation Brief #9, “The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows,” describes the detailed process we are using.

The guiding philosophy from the Standards is this: Respect, Retain, and Repair!  Respect the Original Windows!  Retain and repair – when possible – every historic part and piece. Replace only when it is absolutely necessary, and even then, replace only with parts, pieces and materials that are identical to the historic originals.

Prior to the assembly of the entire team, these steps were completed:

  1. Tested for Asbestos. Good news!  None found!
  2. Inspected Each Window Unit for the condition of the paint, frame, sill, sash rails and stiles, muntins, putty, glass, and hardware. Is there peeling paint, rotten wood, cracked glass, missing parts, or structural damage?  Has there been moisture or insect damage?  Will the window open and close?  Are the weights, pulleys and cords all present and working?
  3. Assigned a “Repair Class” to Each Window. According to the extent of the window damage and the repairs needed, each window falls into one of 3 Repair Classes described in Preservation Brief #9:

* Repair Class #1 – Routine Maintenance (least serious repairs).

Simple peeling paint, no rotten wood, no structural parts missing

              *Repair Class #2 – Structural Stabilization (more involved repairs).

Rotten wood that can be patched, built up, sanded and painted

*Repair Class #3 – Parts Replacement (most serious repairs).

Removal and replacement of non-repairable rotten wood sashes, sills,

frames, muntins, hardware, weights, cords, etc.

(*See photos at the end of this post)

  1. *Created a Window Schedule for each window. Includes the location, all the parts, condition of the wood, parts and paint.  All necessary repairs listed. Photographed each window and noted the Repair Class of each. (*See photos)
  2. *Compiled a Project Manual – Hundreds of pages that include the bid and contract documents, general requirements, extremely detailed repair instructions from the NPS, and the Window Schedule. (*See Photos)
  3. Bidding by Qualified Contractors – In order to achieve quality control, only contractors with historic preservation experience were allowed to bid on the window project. Pre-bid sessions and inspections by prospective bidders were held, bids were submitted and reviewed.
  4. Contractor Bid Awarded – Team is complete!
  5. Many Other Details which you will hear more about in future posts!

Needless to say, we have already been quite busy for many, many months, and now new windows – or should we say, “old” windows! – are on the horizon!

Keep checking our Journal Posts for the next developments!  More exciting things are just around the corner.  And don’t forget – The Mallory-Neely House is open for tours every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 until 3:00.  Don’t miss it!

Pic #9  - 2nd Post- Repaint Shutters Pic #10 - 2nd Post Patch Rotted Wood #1 Pic #18- 2nd Post - View D -Repair Class III

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