WWFH: Historic Rehabilitation Workshops
In order to protect South Carolina’s only presidential site for future generations, Historic Columbia Foundation (HCF) is totally rehabilitating the 1872 residence. The major elements of this first phase include exterior repairs to the masonry foundation; wood sills, studs and siding; windows restoration and replacement (when necessary) and the installation of a new wood-shingle roof.
As we move through the next few months, HCF is hosting a series of hands-on workshops. On July 18, in partnership with general contractor Huss, Inc., attendees learned how to restore and maintain old windows.
Hunter Huss explains 1870s window construction at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home Rehabilitation Workshop in July 2009
In August the following workshops will be held:
August 8: Mending Masonry
August 29: Final Touches
For descriptions, dates, fees and contact information visit Historic Columbia Foundation.
In October 2005 Historic Columbia Foundation (HCF) closed the Woodrow Wilson Family Home (WWFH) to visitors, removed all collections, documented the conditions, and began the road to rehabilitating this nationally significant historic site.
A complete rehabilitation of the property includes:
- repairing every ailing inch (interior and exterior) of the 1872 wood-frame structure
- renovating the landscape to interpret a Victorian-era formal front and working back yard, and
- constructing a new outbuilding to house the state-of-the-art mechanical systems as well as visitor amenities and a catering kitchen.
The current cost estimated for full rehabilitation of the WWFH totals $3,350,000. Thanks to generous support from Richland County, the recent receipt of a National Parks Service Save America’s Treasures grant and 100% participation from the HCF Board of Trustees, in April we initiated Phase One of the rehabilitation.