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Initial Needs Assessment for Interior and Exterior

Beauport Sleeper McCann

Beauport was built as the summer home of interior decorator and antique collector Henry Davis Sleeper. Situated on the rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor, the structure was repeatedly enlarged and modified by Sleeper, and filled with a large collection of fine art, folk art, architectural artifacts, and other collectible materials.

Location

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Architect & Date

Sleeper & Hanson, 1907-1934

Client

Historic New England

Services Provided

ICR began with a review of historic records regarding repair history, construction design details, and modifications over time to identify and evaluate accelerated deterioration. A visual survey of architectural elements was conducted followed by hands-on survey (where possible), which included sounding and moisture measurements.

•Existing conditions report for interior and exterior

• Review of historic documents

• Preliminary conditions survey of interior and exterior

• Assessment of conditions and extent of each condition, per material

• Development of associated conservation repair methods and  materials, and cost for implementation

• Design & execution of laboratory & in-situ testing programs

• Development of non-destructive cleaning methods for exterior

ICR began with a review of historic records regarding repair history, construction design details, and modifications over time to identify and evaluate accelerated deterioration. A visual survey of architectural elements was conducted followed by hands-on survey (where possible), which included sounding and moisture measurements. 

Data generated by the survey allowed us to correlate interior and exterior conditions and establish causal mechanisms of deterioration. Aided by preliminary testing and laboratory analyses, we were able to prioritize next steps for further investigation, testing, treatment, or repair. Findings were documented in a Building Materials Conservation and Repair Matrix categorized by material, including: a list of conditions; estimated extent of materials; potential options for cleaning, stabilization and/or repair; unit costs to implement the work, and establishing levels of priority for the proposed next steps.