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Historic Randall House


RANDALL HOUSE

A PRELIMINARY CHRONOLOGICAL CHECK LIST OF UPGRADES AND REPAIRS

By Eric Krause

Krause House Info-Research Solutions

November 14, 2008

Floor Plans (Source)

      

     

    

Basement

 

First Floor

 

Second Floor

 

Attic Floor

  MAIN HOUSE

  

Colonial to Georgian House (1700 - 1830).

Additional research may add or delete upgrades or repairs.

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR
WALLS

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

South Facade

Installation of the small window for Room 204.

Pre-1995

North Facade

*The installation of a north pitch roof gutter with two downspouts.

Pre-1995

South Facade

*The installation of a south pitch roof gutter with two downspouts.

Pre-1995

North Facade

 *The installation of a pipe for the north east downspout to lead water onto the sidewalk.

Pre-1995

North facade

Installation and removal of an unknown feature above transom of the the central doorway.

Post-1995

South Facade

The installation of a pipe for the south east downspout to lead water away from the house.

Post-1995

South Facade

The installation of a leader for the south west downspout to lead water away from the house.

Pre-1995

West Facade

*The detail on the trim at the corner boards and the raking on the west facade were altered from their original 19th-century design.

Pre-1995

West Facade

*A large crack to the north of the sandstone infill of the west facade was repaired with mortar.

Pre-1995

South Facade

*The wall was shingled.

Date Unknown

South Facade

The back bands of the windows for Room 103, Room 108, Room 203, Room 205, and Room 206 went missing.

Pre-1995

South Facade

Installation of exterior hood over Room 203 window above the Exterior Basement Stairwell.

1994

South Facade

Some wall shingles associated with the repair of the head of the window of Room 203 were replaced.

Date Unknown

South Facade

A portion of the wall was re-shingled.

Pre-1995

West Facade /North Facade

*The west face of the north-west pilaster was replaced with its back band trim, etc. not matching its north face.

Pre-1995

West Facade

*The frieze board of the north-west pilaster was replaced.

Pre-1995

North Facade

*The downspout has been cut into [the] far trim [i.e. into the north facade of the capital of the north-west pilaster].

Pre-1995

South Facade

*The sills and board water table [skirting board] were repaired.

Pre-1995

East Facade

*The south-east corner post, and possible at this time its corner board and crown mouldings were repaired (mismatched with the north-east corner post and west facade).

Date Unknown

East Facade

The plinth, which would have been nailed to the skirting board, of the south-east pilaster went missing.

Date Unknown

East Facade

The pilaster was repaired near the bottom without the covering back bands showing any similar repair.

Pre-1995

East Facade

*The board water table in the middle of the wall was cut and lapped with an non-matching piece.

Post-1995

East Facade

Installation of a vent in the roof gable.

Post-1995

West Facade

Installation of a vent in the roof gable.

1999, Summer

East Facade

The downspouts were extended and re-directed.

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR FOUNDATION

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

North Facade

*Stucco [rendering] was applied to its brick topping.

Pre-1995

West Facade

*Five large sandstone stones, including smaller blocks to the north, were placed in the foundation in the south-west corner, west facade, to fill in an opening [See Exterior Basement Stairwell].

Pre-1995

West Facade

The brick and sandstone portion was rendered.

Post-1995

West Facade

The rendering over the sandstone portion was removed.

Pre-1995

East Facade

The brick portion was rendered.

2006, September

Foundation

Squirrel hole in foundation presumably closed off.

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR
ROOF

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

North Pitch

The original sheathing was replaced with a new, elevated, sheathing.

Pre-1995

South Pitch

The original sheathing was replaced with a new, elevated, sheathing.

1994

North Pitch

*Re-sheathed with asphalt shingles.

1994

South Pitch

*Re-sheathed with asphalt shingles.

Pre-1995

South Pitch

*The bell cast of the roof has been taken out on the east [south?] face [pitch] explaining the scabs [furring strips nailed to the sides, as well as strips of wood on top of the rafters] on the roof rafters [i.e. The bell was produced with short timbers called sprockets or cocking pieces affixed to the feet of the rafters. Those of the south facade were removed.]

2006, May

South Pitch

Re-sheathed with asphalt shingles following damage from a winter windstorm to shingles already sun-baked.

 

 

 

 

CHIMNEY
STACKS

 

 

 

 

Pre-c.1995

West Chimney

*The exterior stack was re-built in new, non-historical, high fire, brick work that was stuccoed (non-historical rendering).

Pre-1949

West Chimney

The exposed brick stack was stuccoed (rendered).

Pre-1949

West Chimney

*Installation of an inappropriate exterior chimney cap that did not match the original historical cap.

Pre-c.1995

East Chimney

*The exterior stack was re-built in new, non-historical, high fire, brick work that was stuccoed (non-historical rendering).

Pre-1949

East Chimney

The exposed brick stack was stuccoed (rendered).

Pre-1949

East Chimney

*Installation of an inappropriate exterior chimney cap that did not match the original historical cap.

1996

West Chimney

A 6"diameter SS [stainless steel] chimney liner was placed.

1996

West Chimney

There may have been some brick replacements.

1996

West Chimney

The chimney top was arranged with a cap and wire mesh to prevent entry of pigeons and small mammals.

1996

East Chimney

The chimney top was arranged with a cap and wire mesh to prevent entry of pigeons and small mammals.

2002

West Chimney

The chimney above the roof line was re-pargetted (re-parged).

2002

East Chimney

The chimney above the roof line was re-pargetted (re-parged).

2006

West Chimney

Caulking applied to the lead chimney flashing (some leakage had been seen in the attic). The property chairman was assured that the flashing did not need to be replaced.

 

 

 

 

BASEMENT
(00 Series)

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

Room 001/ South West of Stairwell

*Five large sandstone stones, including smaller blocks to the north, were placed in the foundation in the south-west corner, west facade, to fill in an opening [See Exterior Basement Stairwell].

Pre-1995

Room 001 /North West of Stairwell

The east wall, with its doorway, of the plastered room was removed.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ North West of Stairwell

Some brick repairs in the north wall, north-west portion, occurred in the brick topping of the foundation.

Pre-1995

Room 001/ South East / South of Stairwell

Some of the original joists under Room 103 were removed. [CHECK HOW MANY WERE REMOVED]

*New flooring, strapped joists (2" x 8", c. 30" on centre), supported by a c. 10' horizontal beam (6"x6"), set upon two steel vertical lally column posts, were introduced to support Room 103, but this framing was was not secured to one another.

Pre-1995

Basement

*All the vertical framing in the basement has been replaced with new wood posts [9] and new concrete piers poured under the posts.

1999

Basement

New wood posts were introduced upon poured concrete piers and the steel vertical lally column posts were re-located.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ South East of Stairwell

Modern joist work introduced west of the fireplace base.

Spring 2000

Room 001/ South East of Stairwell

The new beam work under Room 103 was properly completed.

Post-1995 [Spring 2000?]

Room 001/ South East of Stairwell

North ends of flooring joists were  supported on metal ledgers at the fireplace base.

Pre-1995

Room 001/ South East of Stairwell

The hearth cradle was removed from beneath Room 103.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ South of Stairwell

Boards were nailed along the joints of the flooring boards under Room 108.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ South of Stairwell

Modern floor joists were inserted between the original joists under Room 108, together with new boards nailed along the joints of the flooring boards.

Date Unknown

Room 001

The brick foundation portion was perhaps rendered before being whitewashed.

Pre-1995

Room 001

*A new vapour barrier [sheet polyethylene] and gravel [crushed stone] has been installed on the floor.

Pre-1995

Room 001/ North East of Stairwell and North West of Stairwell

*A new flooring beam was placed, running east-west, to support the floors of the Room 101 and Room 109 (See vertical wooden floor beam support posts).

Some additional modern joists were also added.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ North East of Stairwell

Two brick piers, to the sides of the basement window, were placed on the east foundation ledge.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ North East of Stairwell

Cement work was introduced in the east wall beneath the basement window.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ North East of Stairwell

The east wall basement window was hinged.

Date Unknown

Room 001/ North East of Stairwell

The east wall basement window was barred.

Pre-1995

Room 001/North West of Stairwell

The east wall of the finished room was removed.

Date Unknown

Room 001/North West of Stairwell

Conservation efforts that included netting were taken to preserve the ceiling of the finished room

Date Unknown

Room 001/South of Stairwell

A  nailer secured against an original joist under Room 107 to support the original flooring boards above.

Date Unknown

Room 001/South of Stairwell

A paired modern floor joist inserted between the original joists under Room 107 to support the new flooring boards above.

1993, September

Room 001/ South West of Stairwell

*Remedial action [reconstruction] was taken to re-support the recently collapsed hearth of the fireplace of Room 109  above, but upgrading required

c. 2007

Room 001/ South West of Stairwell

Final action was taken to upgrade the collapsed hearth of the fireplace of Room 109  above, with new materials.

 

 

 

 

BASEMENT
STAIRWELL
(Central)

 

 

 

 

Date Unknown

-

The east wall was lathed and plastered.

Date Unknown

-

The ceiling above the top landing was lathed and plastered.

Date Unknown

 

The lath and plaster was removed from the ceiling above the top landing.

Date Unknown

-

A modern, wider, staircase replaced a former one to the basement.

Pre-1995

-

*The stairs [treads of the basement staircase] were replaced with new pine boards.

Date Unknown

-

A doorway at the top of the basement staircase in the south wall was cut into an existing board partition between it and Room 107.

Date Unknown

-

The doorway to Room 107 was blocked with a door panelled on the basement stairwell side and with vertical boards on the other.

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR BASEMENT
STAIRWELL
(South East)

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

West Facade, South West

*Five large sandstone stones, including smaller blocks to the north, were placed in the foundation in the south-west corner, west facade, to fill in an opening.

Possible Earlier Basement Stairwell

Date Unknown

Existing Stairwell

Recent pointing of the side rubble stone walls has occurred.

Date Unknown

Existing Stairwell

Concrete side walls were poured to raise the opening higher.

Pre-1995

Existing Stairwell

Present exterior hatch (bulkhead)  was installed.

Date Unknown

Existing Stairwell

Present interior door was installed.

 

 

 

 

FIRST FLOOR
(100 Series)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

Living (DeWolf Parlour) Room /Room 109 /North West

Interior wooden inserts covering over another detail placed beneath the windows.

Pre-1995

Front (Main) Hall /Room 110 /North

*The original flooring was covered over in hardwood running east-west.

Pre-1995

Front (Main) Hall /Room 110 /North

Wooden inserts were placed in the bottom two exterior panels of the front door .

Pre-1984

Front (Main) Hall /Room 110 /North

The present south partition wall with a doorway was installed adjoining Room 107.

Pre-1995

Front (Main) Hall /Room 110 /North

The hardwood flooring was installed.

Date Unknown

Front (Main) Hall /Room 110 /North

A baseboard insert was installed in the west baseboard near its southern terminus. It predates the west architrave (surround) of the doorway to Room 107.

Pre 1984

Front (Main) Hall /Room 110 /North

An earlier entranceway was perhaps replaced with the present doorway, door, transom and side-lites.

Pre-1995

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

*The chair rail housing on the south wall  was replaced.

Pre-1984

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

A wall or a wall with a doorway was removed east of the fireplace chimney-piece.

Pre-1984

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

The present north partition wall with a doorway was installed adjoining Room 110.

Pre-1995

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

A doorway or a wall was removed east and opposite of the fireplace.

Date Unknown

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

To the west and east of the fireplace the area was boxed in, perhaps hiding the complete design of the fireplace chimney-piece.

Date Unknown

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

South window was masked.

Date Unknown

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

The fireplace opening was blocked.

Date Unknown

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

The fireplace hearth bricks were removed and replaced with planks.

Date Unknown

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

The original shelf(ves) in the closet was removed.

Date Unknown

Back Sitting Room (Study) /Room 108 /South West

Strips of wood were pounded between the joints of the flooring boards.

Pre-1984

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

The removal of a portion of the south wall to allow access to the South Ell.

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

The room was reduced in size to the north with the installation of the Kitchen Stairwell

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

* The South Ell roof begins to leak water into this room.

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

*A new [plaster] ceiling was installed.

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

An added flooring of narrow boards was installed over an earlier board flooring.

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

*Some [lower] flooring boards were replaced.

Date Unknown

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

The fireplace hearth was removed.

Pre-c.1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

*The fireplace [not the oven] was re-bricked.

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

*The  fireplace flue was plugged.

Pre-1995

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

*The ceiling was repaired following damage by water from leaks from above, from the roof of the South Ell.

Date Unknown

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

The doorway to the Kitchen Stairwell was narrowed with the creation of a new west jamb utilizing a portion of the former door.

Pre-1984

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

The closet was created in the south west corner of the room.

Pre-1995

Room 102 /Passageway

*The flue was plugged.

Date Unknown

Room 102 /Passageway

An added flooring of boards was installed over an earlier flooring.

Date Unknown

Room 102 /Passageway

The ceiling was plastered where a stairwell opening perhaps once existed.

Date Unknown

Room 102 /Passageway

The flooring fronting the east fireplace mass was repaired (not a hot or return air register)

Date Unknown

Room 102 /Passageway

The ceiling was plastered above the repaired flooring.

Date Unknown

Room 101 /Dining Room /North East

The fireplace was re-bricked.

Pre-1984

Room 107 /Rear Hall /South

The present north partition wall with a doorway was installed adjoining Room 110.

Pre-1995

Room 107 /Rear Hall /South

*The original first layer of flooring boards was replaced in large part.

Pre-1995

Room 107 /Rear Hall /South

The top layer of flooring boards was replaced in large part.

Date Unknown

Room 107 /Rear Hall /South 

A doorway was cut in the north board partition wall between it and the Basement Stairwell.

Date Unknown

Room 107 /Rear Hall /South

The doorway to the basement in the north board partition wall was blocked with a door with vertical boards on this side and panelled on the other.

Pre-1995

Living (DeWolf Parlour) Room /Room 109 /North West

A doorway already existed or was installed  in the south wall.

Date Unknown

Living (DeWolf Parlour) Room /Room 109 /North West

An expected boxed "corner post" in the north-west corner may have been removed.

Date Unknown

Living (DeWolf Parlour) Room /Room 109 /North West

The fireplace was re-bricked?

Date Unknown

Living (DeWolf Parlour) Room /Room 109 /North West

The fireplace floor was rendered?

Date Unknown

Living (DeWolf Parlour) Room /Room 109 /North West

The fireplace hearth was re-bricked?

Date Unknown

Room 101 /Dining Room /North East

The fireplace was re-bricked?

Date Unknown

Room 101 /Dining Room /North East

The fireplace floor was rendered?

Date Unknown

Room 101 /Dining Room /North East

The fireplace hearth was re-bricked?

Date Unknown

Room 101 /Dining Room /North East

The bottom sash of the two north double-hung windows were replaced?.

 

 

 

 

MAIN
STAIRWELL
(Central)

 

Pre-1995

-

Constructed was the first staircase.

Pre-1995

-

Constructed was the existing staircase to replace the first steeper one.

Date Unknown

 

The "summer" beam was boxed with boards.

Pre-1995

-

*The balusters and handrail around the stair well were altered. The balusters on the guardrail at the second floor are turned balusters with squared ends whereas the balusters on the stairway are cylindrical.

Pre-1995

-

*Removed was an earlier newel post or rail support at the Second Floor.

 

 

 

 

KITCHEN
STAIRWELL
(Central)

 

Date Unknown

 

A stairwell centred upon the Attic Stairwell was floored over partially with boards. The stairs of the attic stairwell may have continued downwards.

Date Unknown

-

The installation of a relatively steep staircase, that utilized cut-nails, off Room 103 with a first-floor door to Room 103.

Date Unknown

-

The south header was cut back at an angle, no doubt to increase head-room.

Pre-1995

-

The existing staircase, utilizing wire-nails, replaced the lower part only of the earlier one.

Date Unknown

-

The first-floor doorway to Room 103 was narrowed with the creation of a new west jamb utilizing a portion of the former door.

 

 

 

 

SECOND FLOOR
(200 Series)

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

Bedroom Room 201 North East

*Interior wooden inserts covering over another detail placed beneath the windows.

Pre-1995

Centre Hall (Upstairs) /Room 205 /South

*Removed was perhaps a wall running north-south at the top of the stairs enclosing the hallway back around the rail.

Pre-1995

Bedroom /Room 206 /South West

*Interior wooden inserts covering over another detail placed beneath the windows.

Pre-1995

Main Bedroom (Patriquin) /Room 207 /North West

Interior wooden inserts covering over another detail placed beneath the windows.

Pre-1995

Sewing Room /Room 208 /North

Interior wooden inserts covering over another detail placed beneath the windows.

Pre-1995

Bathroom /Room 204

Bathroom [a former kitchen chamber?] was installed and Rooms 203 was reduced in size.

Date Unknown

Bathroom /Room 204

The chair rail along the south wall was removed.

Date Unknown

Bathroom /Room 204

The north partition wall was lath and plastered.

Pre-1995

Bedroom Room 201 North East

Installation of the existing board partition in the closet backing Room 203.

Pre-1995

Bedroom /Room 203 /South East

Installation of the existing board  partition in the closet backing room 201.

Pre-1995

Hall /Room 202

The door to the attic was replaced was replaced with the existing one.

Date Unknown

Hall /Room 202

A stairwell opening was filled in with flooring boards.

Date Unknown

Hall /Room 202

The flooring fronting the existing stairwell (not a hot or return air register) was filled in with flooring boards.

Pre-1995

Centre Hall (Upstairs) /Room 205 /South

*There is evidence on the west wall of a possibly removed door through to the closet [Connector room between rooms  206 and 207] next to the chimney.

Pre-1995

Centre Hall (Upstairs) /Room 205 /South

The doorway in the west wall to Connector Room between Rooms 206 and 207 was blocked, no doubt lathed and plastered, and a replacement baseboard inserted.

Date Unknown

Connector room between rooms  206 and 207

A doorway was inserted in the south partition wall within the closet to create a connecting room.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 206 /South West

A doorway was inserted in the north partition wall to create a connecting room.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 201 /North East

Drywall ceiling was installed.

Pre-1995

Hall /Room 202

Drywall ceiling was installed.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 203 /South East

Drywall ceiling was installed. The original laths and plaster were apparently removed.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 203 /South East

One window opening was reduced in height.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 203 /South East

The closet doorway was narrowed and lowered.

Pre-1995

Bathroom /Room 204

Installation of a small window in the south wall.

Date Unknown

Bathroom /Room 204

Drywall ceiling was installed.

Date Unknown

Centre Hall (Upstairs) /Room 205 /South

Drywall ceiling was installed.

Date Unknown

Bedroom (Children's) /Room 206 /South West

Drywall ceiling was installed.

Date Unknown

Main Bedroom (Patriquin) /Room 207 /North West

Drywall ceiling was installed.

Date Unknown

Sewing Room /Room 208 /North

Drywall ceiling was installed.

1994

Bedroom /Room 203 /South East

The head of the south window was replaced.

Pre-1995

Main Bedroom (Patriquin) /Room 207 /North West

The fireplace floor was rendered, and its hearth was re-bricked.

Pre-1995

Bedroom /Room 201 /North East

The face of the fireplace was rendered.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 201 /North East

The fireplace floor was rendered.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 201 /North East

The fireplace hearth was re-bricked.

Pre-1995

Main Bedroom (Patriquin) /Room 207 /North West

The face of the fireplace was rendered.

Date Unknown

Bedroom (Children's)  /Room 206 /South West

The face of the fireplace was rendered.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 206 /South West

The flooring fronting the fireplace was repaired (not a hot or return air register).

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 206 /South West

The fireplace floor was rendered?

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 206 /South West

The hearth was re-bricked?.

Date Unknown

Bedroom /Room 203 /South East - Closet

Five boards were nailed (wire nails), the length of the run, to the bottom of the stairs.

Date Unknown

Main Bedroom (Patriquin) /Room 207 /North West

The top layer of the flooring boards was installed after the installation of the fireplace chimney piece and baseboards.

Pre-1995

Hall /Room 202

The existing stairs guardrail was installed.

 

 

 

 

ATTIC
STAIRWELL
(East)

 

 

 

 

Date Unknown

 

Present stairway stingers replaced a steeper earlier set of stringers?

Date Unknown

 

The installation of the present risers and older treads upon the stairway stingers.

Date Unknown

-

Re-used boards installed, nailed to the north wall, east of the chimney stack, with cut nails

Date Unknown

-

New treads, upon older ones with their noses removed, were installed, nailed with wire nails.

Date Unknown

-

The removal of an earlier newel post?

Date Unknown

-

The existing guardrails were installed.

Date Unknown

-

The south face of the fireplace chimney was rendered with mortar.

 

 

 

 

ATTIC
(300 Series)

 

 

 

 

Pre-1995

Room 303 /North West

*The sash and frame were replaced.

Date Unknown

Attic

Possible rafters were removed.

Pre-1995

Attic

*New collar-tied roof rafters [of a lesser depth than the existing nine ones] were introduced [perhaps where 14 former narrower rafters of the same depth once existed] between the original collar-tied rafters producing a framing system set upon c. 20 inch centres.

Date Unknown

Attic

Spikes were driven into three of the south-side rafter connections where their half-dovetail lapped, mortise and tenon connections were pulling away, and one connection has a wooden block nailed at the lap.

Pre-1995

Attic

*Both the new framing and the old framing have been scabbed [furring strips nailed to the sides, as well as strips of wood on top of the rafters] on the north face [pitch] for what appears to be an attempt to provide a level plane .... For the new sheathing [for a new roof covering] this is not the case on the south face [pitch], although some scabbing [furring strips nailed to the sides, as well as strips of wood on top of the rafters] occurs but intermittently.

Date Unknown

Attic?

The area may have been have used it as temporary classroom space for Horton Academy, a Baptist Institution.

1838-1844

Attic?

The area may have been used as a school or seminary for young ladies.

Date Unknown

Attic

The flooring boards - which unexpectedly run north-south - were lifted in this unfinished attic, perhaps first when a loose-fill insulation was installed upon a polyethylene sheathing between a series of unusual, perhaps modern, set of east-west attic joists (Note that the sheathing does  pass over these joists and that these joists (c. 1-1/4 inches wide x c. 6 inches deep) appear to have been cut with a circular saw).

Pre-1995

Room 302 /South West

*The west chimney was re-built in new, non-historical, high fire, brick work, from about 4 feet above floor level and continued through the roof.

Pre-1995

Room 302 /South West

* The flue had opened up.

Post-1995

Room 302 /South West

The open flue was closed off [CHECK IF THIS HAPPENED POST 1996].

Pre-1995

Area 301 /South East

*The east chimney, which was parged [rendered] below, was re-built at the top in new, non-historical, high fire, brick work that continued through the roof.

Pre-1995

Area 301 /North East of Chimney Stack 

*Remnants of a painted finished room in the north-east corner reaching to the north side of the chimney.

Pre-1995

Area 301 /North East of Chimney Stack?

*An earlier opening on the north face of the east wall was later simply clapboarded over without a sheathing insert.

Pre-1995

Area 301 /North East of Chimney Stack

*The sash was replaced.

Pre-1995

Area 301 /North East of Chimney Stack

A top layer of flooring boards was installed.

Pre-1995

Area 301 /South East

*The sash was replaced.

SOUTH ELL

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR WALLS

 

 

 

 

Pre-1984

West Facade, South Facade, East Facade

A new rectangular addition with shingled walls.

Pre-1995

South Facade

*Work on the sills at the back took place.

Pre-1995

South Facade

*Plywood was installed as a finish to the repaired sills at the back.

Pre-1995

East Facade

*The installation of an east pitch roof gutter with its  downspout.

Pre-1995

West Facade

*The installation of a west pitch roof gutter with two downspouts.

Post-1995

South Facade

Installation of exterior doorway to Room 106.

Pre-1995

South Facade

Installation of exterior doorway to Room 106.

Unknown Date

South Facade

The Ell has settled and distorted the doorframe to Room 106, requiring a triangular piece to be inserted at header level.

 

EXTERIOR
ROOF

 

 

 

 

[1994]

West Pitch

[*Completely re-sheathed ]

[1994]

East Pitch

[*Completely re-sheathed]

1994

East Pitch

*The moisture problem which once existed between the east pitch of the roof and the south window of Room 203 was resolved, perhaps with proper flashing.

 

 

 

 

FIRST FLOOR
(100 Series)

 

 

 

 

Pre-1984

Pantry /Room 104/ South East

Creation of this room from the re-use of historic boards.

Pre-1984

Back Porch (Hall) /Room 105 /South

Creation of this room from the re-use of historic boards.

Pre-1995

Pantry /Room 104 /South East

*A patch was placed on the ceiling over the pantry door following water damage.

Pre-1995

Back Porch (Hall) /Room 105 /South

*The bottom wall boards were replaced.

Pre-1995

Back Porch (Hall) /Room 105 /South

*Installed were new floor boards, running east-west. [Note: This may be in error and the reference was to Room 107, though here the boards run north-south]

 

 

 

 

Attic
(200 Series)

 

 

 

 

Date Unknown

-

New rafters were added.

NORTH ENTRANCE PORTICO (PORCH)

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

EXTERIOR WALLS

 

 

 

 

c. 1947

North Facade, West Facade, East Facade

*A new portico was added.

It perhaps replaced an earlier Portico.

Pre-1949

West Facade, East Facade

Side latticework was installed.

 

 

 

 

DECK

 

 

 

 

1993

North Deck

The deck was replaced.

 

 

 

 

STEPS

 

 

 

 

1993

North Steps

The steps were replaced.

 

 

 

HARDWARE

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

 

 

Date Unknown

Main House

Removal of original hardware from assorted doors.

Date Unknown

Main House

Removal of replacement hardware from assorted doors.

Date Unknown

Main House

Installation of window locking hardware.

Pre-1995

Main House and South Ell

Assorted styles of 6 over 6 and 2 over 2 storm windows have been installed over time

Pre-1995

Main House

Installation of basement storm windows (plus bars on east window).

Pre-c.1995

Portico, North Steps

Dual metal hand-rails (pipe rails) were installed.

 

 

 

PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, AND INTERIOR FINISHES

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR

 

 

 

 

Pre-1949

Main House

The house was painted white with a darker (green?) trim

Pre-1949

Portico

The portico was painted white with a darker (green?) trim

1997

Main House

House painting was undertaken in white

2003, Summer

Main House

The east and west sides were scraped, cleaned, caulked and primed in white, and the windows were refurbished.

2004, Summer

Main House

The north and south sides were scraped, cleaned, caulked and primed in white, and the windows were refurbished.

2005

Main House

All sides were painted in dark yellow ochre with white trim.

 

 

 

 

INTERIOR

 

Date Unknown

Room 001

The brick foundation portion was perhaps rendered before being whitewashed.

Date Unknown

Room 001

The perimeter walls, face of ground sills, and the fireplace bases were all whitewashed at one time - as was perhaps the ceiling in the west section.

Pre-1995

Main House

Assorted rooms had their floors painted.

Pre-1995

South Ell

Assorted rooms had their floors painted.

Pre-1995

Main House

*Oil cloth applied to floors of the second floor, with the original painted perimeter left in place.

Pre-1995

Area 301 /North East of Chimney Stack 

*Remnants of a painted finished room in the north-east corner reaching to the north side of the chimney.

Pre-1995

Main House

Assorted painting projects.

Pre-1995

Main House

Assorted wallpapering projects.

UTILITIES

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

 

 

Date Unknown

Main House

The fireplaces were reconfigured for coal/wood-fire burning inserts.

Date Unknown

Main House

The removal of coal/wood-fire burning inserts.

Date Unknown

Main House

Installation of fireplace dampers.

Date Unknown

Main House

System of cast iron stoves and stove piping installed.

Date Unknown

Main House

System of cast iron stoves and stove piping removed.

Pre-1995

Room 001/ South East of Stairwell

Cement base for a central heating system installed.

Pre-1995

Room 001/ South East of Stairwell

Central heating system upon cement base was removed.

Date Unknown

Main House

Installation of the first central heating system (hot and return air registers on first and second floors?) - By 1927, east chimney?

Date Unknown

Room 001/ South West of Stairwell

[Current] heating system was installed including forced air ductwork [and vents?]

Post-1995

Room 001/ South West of Stairwell

The oil tank was moved from the exterior to the interior through a concrete opening.

1920s?

Kitchen /Room 103 /South East

The Kitchen sink was installed.

c. 1927

Main House

Plumbing services added for Room 204 as a bathroom.

c. 1927

Main House

Electrical services installed.

Date Unknown

Main House

Electrical services upgraded.

Date Unknown

South Ell

Electrical services installed.

Date Unknown

Exterior Wall, South Facade

Installation of south west Canlet light fixture.

Date Unknown

Exterior Wall, North Facade

Installation of an electrical outlet.

Pre-1995

Exterior Wall, North facade

Installation of present exterior light above the central doorway.

Pre-1995

East Facade

Installation of an exterior water faucet. [CHECK IF WATER FAUCET]

Post-1995

East Facade

Installation of a replacement exterior water faucet.

2000

Main House

Hot water installed.

2004

Room 302 /South West

[Ventilating] fan installed [to exhaust moisture and odors].  1705 cfm (Based on 6ACH [air changes per hour ] for attic and second floor). It has thermostat (ON/OFF) control and a manual speed downturn rheostat.

2008

Room 001/ South West of Stairwell

Installation of the Humidex Ventilation System to reduce humidity levels.

LANDSCAPE

Date

ELEMENT

Common Name/Room Number/Geographic Location

Upgrade/Repair

 

 

 

September 1977

North Side of House

*Site boundaries: Reviewed with copies given to the Town of Wolfville and all adjoiners.

September 1977

West Side of House

*Site boundaries: Reviewed with copies given to the Town of Wolfville and all adjoiners.

September 1977

South Side of House

*Site boundaries: Reviewed with copies given to the Town of Wolfville and all adjoiners.

September 1977

East Side of House

*Site boundaries: Reviewed with copies given to the Town of Wolfville and all adjoiners.

SOURCES

·         *Randall House, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Conservation Report For the Wolfville Historical Society, By H. Jost (Jost Architects Ltd.), March 1996

·         Randall House Preliminary Historical Report, By Eric Krause (Krause House Info-Research Solutions), 2008

·         Records of the Wolfville Historical Society, Archived at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Researched by Derek Watts for Upgrades and Repairs, 1993-2008)

·         Wolfville Historical Society Newsletter, Volume 04:2, September, 2004

·         Wolfville Historical Society Newsletter, Volume 04:3, December, 2004

·         Wolfville Historical Society Newsletter, Volume 06:2, June, 2006

·         Wolfville Historical Society Newsletter, Volume 06:3, September, 2006 

·         Writings of Graham Patriquin

·         c. 1949 photograph of Room 101 - http://wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca/history.htm

·         1949 photograph of Randall House - http://wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca/history.htm

·         2008 exhibit description: The Patriquins: "The rooms were cleaned and cleared of rubbish - 11 barrows loads of ashes were wheeled out of the kitchen as the house was made habitable for its new owners. Electric wiring was installed and a bathroom created by partitioning the old kitchen chamber."