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Work Starts on Next Phase of Reynolds House Project
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Contributed By: Richard Sauers
Email The Author: rsauers@wmmi.org
Website: http://www.wmmi.org

Work Starts on Next Phase of Reynolds House Project
Work Starts on Next Phase of Reynolds House Project

Work started this week on Phase 2 of the Reynolds House Project. This historic 1890s Victorian-style farmhouse is located on the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Boulevard, Colorado Springs. Thanks again
to a generous grant from the State Historical Fund, Phase 2 work was able to
begin, assisted in no small way by the warm winter weather of late.
 
Employees of Older Than Dirt, a Pueblo-area firm that specializes in home remodeling that has worked with the State Historical Fund on numerous occasions, removed the windows on January 8-9. Over the next few weeks, The firm will repair and restore the windows to working order. If the weather cooperates, the firm will reinstall the windows during the second half of March. Their work includes repair of wood, reglazing as needed, replacement of cracked panes, and repair of the weights that allow the windows to be raised and lowered.

Working with the museum during Phase 2 is the local firm of Wells & West, the general contractor in overall charge of the house renovation work. Kris and Tim Hoehn are the architects supervising the project. Subcontractors working under Wells & West, in addition to Older Than Dirt, include AMC Paint, El Paso Electric, Mountain Masonry, Pierce Roofing, and JT Restoration LLC. Other Phase 2 work includes repair of the two chimneys, a new metal roof that matches the existing roof, repair of outside doors, repair of outside lights, and the repair and repainting of the house. Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

The budgeted cost of Phase 2 is $144,518, two-thirds of which ($108,389) was provided in a grant from the State Historical Fund. The museum has raised the remaining cost ($36,129) from a variety of sources, including the El Pomar Foundation and local chapters of the Questers.

Phase 1 was completed in 2017. Work included stabilizing and repairing the foundation and basement. The museum will apply for a Phase 3 grant later this year. Phase 3 work will renovate the interior of the house, generally restoring the floor plan to its 1890s appearance, as well as installing a new heating system and kitchen. Once the house is completed, more work will be done outside, including the installation of a gazebo, period gardens, and landscaping. The Reynolds House will used as a teaching tool to interpret local history, as an education program for school visits, and can be rented out for weddings and meetings.

For more information about the Reynolds House, the museum, and its programs and events, visit the museum website, www.wmmi.org, or call 719-488-0880.

Keywords: restoration, museum, victorian, farmhouse, historical, 1890s, house

Posted: February 26, 2018
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