The King House 2018 Historic Restoration (as of mid-June)
The restoration plan for the King House was developed based on a detailed physical inspection of the building, advice from historic preservation experts, architects and builders, and a review of historical photographs of the house.
The goal is to restore the house following national preservation standards with those building features which were present when the house was occupied in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To achieve this goal, some of the features that were introduced in the earlier 1980s reconstruction are being replaced with more appropriate materials.
As of mid-June, there has been considerable progress. Ten of the original birch wall timbers, which were distressed, have been replaced with hand-hewn logs; and the sawed pine timbers installed in the 1980s hand-hewed to match the original birch timbers creating a consistent physical appearance for the timber walls.
In addition, new chinking material has been inserted between the wall timbers on both the exterior and interior of the house; rough pine lumber installed on the interior gables and the first-floor ceiling and shiplap siding placed on the exterior gables. The second floor was reinforced to meet current safety standards.
Three additional major features will be introduced in the next several months. Cedar shingles will replace the existing asphalt roof; historically accurate windows will replace the windows installed in the 1980s reconstruction; and an entrance stoop will be added at the south door of the home.
When completed the house will share many of the features of the historical home and be a worthy candidate for inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Photographs of the house before the restoration and of each major task during the restoration are included in the following pages.
Restoration Contractor – R.G. Kenel Log Builders, LLC
Cedar Shingle Roof – Cross Village Roofing , Inc.