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Durable Restoration will soon save a rare Georgian-style home – built in 1783 – from utter collapse thanks to its expertise in structural stabilization.
Nestled in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Compton Bassett was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Maryland Register of Historic Places in 1983.
“We’re literally just trying to keep the walls together,” Durable Restoration Project Manager Julie Butler said. “Every floor within the home and all the exterior walls will receive shoring.”
The mortar of the two-story brick home is virtually gone in certain locations and there are significant cracks throughout the building, which are growing at an unprecedented rate. Durable Restoration will install temporary metal rods throughout the house and scaffolding on the interior and exterior in order to brace the home, Butler said. In addition, a temporary roof will be installed to further prevent water infiltration.
From 1783-1900, the home was owned by the family of Clement Hill Jr. The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission recently took ownership in 2010 and hopes to restore the home to its former glory.
Durable Restoration has been involved in the planning process for several months and started general construction this week. Butler said she expects to finish stabilizing the home within a few months.
“At this point, we’re simply stabilizing it so that they can raise funds to fully restore it,” Butler said.
The temporary stabilization will last at least five years and will allow for the survival of a structure that is over 235 years old, built during the last year of the American Revolutionary War.
“This country is in a place, where we can preserve structures from almost every era of our history,” Butler said. “If I do my job right, some of the very earliest homes in the United States could endure for hundreds of years. That to me is very special.”
Based out of Rockville, Maryland, OLBN serves as the architectural firm for the Compton Bassett project. As the general contractor, Signature Renovations, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, oversees the project while Durable Restoration acts as one of the subcontractors, specializing in historic masonry and structural stabilization.
As project manager for Durable Restoration, Julie Butler operates out of our Maryland office, where she oversees various jobs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Butler received her master’s degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Having spent 10 years in the realm of preservation, Butler previously worked on many historic Restoration and Conservation Projects, including the Old Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. and Church of St. Trophime in Arles, France before joining Durable.