In 2009, the University retained Mason to prepare drawings for the stabilization and assessment of the structure. This resulted in a campaign of exterior structural repairs to the porte cochere, foundation, framing, and exterior stairs and decks. Once on firm footing, we ensured the weather-tightness of the former home by reroofing with historic cedar shingles; making improvements to the gutters and drainage; and surveying, repairing and refinishing exterior siding, wood windows, and doors. Interior restoration involved installation of ohia wood flooring, accessibility improvements, and painting.
The construction documents were accompanied by an Existing Condition Analysis and a limited Historic Structure Report to prioritize and plan future projects. To complete the report, Mason researched and reviewed early photographs, existing plans, and other historical documents; analyzed the physical development and historic significance of the building and site; identified the historic character-defining features of the building; conducted a thorough examination of the current condition of the residence; prepared a zoning and building code analysis; and prepared a detailed summary of probable costs for proposed improvements.