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Q&A with Main Line Today.
Dear Notre Dame Community,
Whenever I speak with our alumnae, the Mansion is always treasured in their memories as “home” – a place of love, learning, and lifelong friendships. Notre Dame graduates may have moved on to careers, families, or traveled far from our gates, but the Mansion remains a constant in their hearts.
As we reopen the Mansion this week after seven months of exterior renovations, I wish to express my gratitude to Trustees Mary Ellen Maggitti and Don Pohlig for their leadership and collaboration with firms that specialize in historic preservation: Joseph B. Callaghan, Inc. and John Milner Architects. Much of the architecture we see today reflects the original work of noted University of Pennsylvania professor of architecture Dr. Paul Philippe Cret and his work in 1926.
The first phase of the Mansion renovation included cleaning and repointing the limestone, replacement of the roof to match the original, installation of new copper scuppers and downspouts, restoration of the wood and steel windows, and repainting the original trim. The project was completed on schedule and within budget.
A few noteworthy details:
- What is the roof material? The Academy wanted to replicate the original Mansion as accurately as practical. After reviewing plans and photos, black Vermont slate was selected as the closest representation to the original.
- How was the trimwork selected? Through an exterior paint study conducted by John Milner Architects and review of Cret’s original plans preserved at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, a medium blue-green was replicated for the trim restoration.
- What work was done on the windows? There are 250 windows in the Mansion. All were restored and releaded on site or removed and sent to a window restorer. New storm panels were also installed.
- Was any work done on the interior? Although the restoration focused on the Mansion exterior, the hardwood floors and paneling on the first floor were refinished, including the baluster on the stairway in the mezzanine. The project also included some touch-up painting, replacement of the window shades on the first and second floors, and replacement of carpeting in the Great Hall and other rooms. All the chandeliers were cleaned and restored.
- When will the complete renovation of the interior occur? The complete restoration of the entire Mansion is one of the priorities of the current Comprehensive Campaign, OUR TIME to INSPIRE. The timing of the interior restoration will depend on fundraising efforts.
I wish you and your families continued blessings in the New Year.
Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.