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August 4, 2011

Large Restoration Project

Filed under: Documentation,Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 10:52 am

I am only involved in this restoration project as a consultant and to document the restoration of the Fairbanks Ancestral Home at This is the Place Heritage Park.  The house was originally built in 1852 in Payson, Utah and moved to the Park in 1981.

The house, a typical I-house with symmetrical fenestration is build with sun dried adobe brick in the class Greek revival style with fine dentil work on the cornice.  It was originally covered with lime stucco, parged on the adobe block.  Unfortunately this was never done after it was moved and the adobe has suffered.

And the awful attempt to cover up the gutters and downspouts.  Round downspouts and half round gutter appears in early photographs of Great Salt Lake City in the early 1850’s.  It will be replaced after the traditional stucco will be restored.

Jonathan Fairbanks, Grant Fairbanks and John Lambert of Abstract Masonry Restoration assessing the nature of the restoration work.

The mason is going to be using traditional materials in a three coat process.  Then after it has cured it will be painted with whitewash.

I will continue to document the progress and will post as more happens.



  1. Of Course those gutters would have been made of tin. Historic restoration sites, now, often use copper coated with lead. I don’t think the project has that in the budget. Do they?

    Comment by Tinsmith — August 4, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

  2. Tinsmith,

    I argued for round tin downspouts and half round tin gutters painted with white lead paint. It looks like they are going with copper, which is not a bad choice. Not sure if they will get them lead coated.

    Need to find someone that can fabricate them.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 4, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  3. Will they have masons with period tools, skills and clothing doing the work I wonder. It could add to the park experience for guests if they did so.

    Comment by Tracy Mutter — August 21, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

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  5. Glad that those terrible gutter covering will be changed. I’m really curious as to what the interior looks like. I’m sure the kitchen has a lot of character, along with the rest of the home.

    Comment by Chuck Derouen — November 30, 2011 @ 11:31 am

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