Restoring A Historic Iowa Landmark

Summary

The restoration of Salisbury House, a historic building constructed in 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa, is described.  The building took more than 5 years to create and cost nearly $3  million to build and furnish. The structure consists of both  aged and antique materials and is a re-creation of an English manor in Salisbury, England.  The design incorporates three distinct historical periods.  The flint and stone portion represents Tudor times; the Gothic porch dates from the reign of King John; and the brick addition dates from the time of Charles I.  The house is a major                tourist attraction.  The Salisbury House Foundation contracted a firm to revitalise the building envelope while retaining the uniform exterior appearance.  The work was carried out carefully to achieve a look resembling the original structure.  Brief details are given of the restoration of the stonework and the repair of the deteriorated mortar joints using a portland cement-slaked lime putty.

Primary author(s): Pronk K

                           

Source: Masonry Constr.

            15,No.10,2002,p.30-33

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