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The Guernsey Project

!!  Saving a Historic Legacy  !!

1830 American Folk Art House ReLocated

 

 


   

A great example of historic American Folk Art.  Beautiful handcut Berea Sandstone on all four sides - big stone fireplace.  In 1830 Ohio backwoods, this was a mansion.  Andrew Jackson was President.  The state of Ohio was only 27 years old.  Building to be moved 105 miles.  Disassembled with the intention of reconstruction, labeling all stones.  The walls are 2 ft thick with two layers of hand cut sandstone block.

 


 

Guernsey County Ohio is in the heart of America's legendary Berea Sandstone formation.

 

 

 
Berea sandstone is a high quality sedimentary geological formation which extends across Ohio, eastern Pennsylvania, and northern Kentucky laid down during the early Mississippian Age - 360 to 320 million years ago. In the 19th and early 20th century, it was extensively quarried beginning in the 1830s.  Huge amounts of it were used architecturally in many important public buildings including The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  As an expensive material, it was used in many mansions for successful entrepreneurs in Americas gilded age (1870-1910).  Most of the quarries closed in the late 1930s, when concrete came into wide use.

 

Berea sandstone quarries were the largest sandstone quarries in the world.  Berea Grit is unique in that the grain runs the long way of the blocks, making it easier to quarry and more durable in uses and is famous for its evenness in texture and color free from impurities making it extremely valuable in the construction market.  Analysis of Berea Sandstone show that it is comprised of at least 93% silica, 4 percent alumina, other trace elements, and weighs 140 pounds per cubic foot.



 

DisAssembly and Documentation

September 26 - November 18

 

Our work crew of five local Amish craftsmen, Frank driving the lift, and Lee managing resources and contracting.  Equipment onsite is a JLG Telehandler, Generator, Hot Water Pressure Washer, Sanitary Facility, Pallets, Straw, Gaylord Boxes, Water Tank, Dumpster and Work Platform. 

 

 

 

   

 

     

Documented location of every stone for ResErection.

 

 

 

 

     

    


 

 

 ReConstruction - Stone by Stone

Architect - Joe Linek - Linek Studios - Newbury Ohio

Disassembly - Lee McClymonds - ResErections, Inc. - Cincinnati Ohio

Masonry - John Burnell - MasonsMark, LLC - Kent Ohio

Scott Carlson - Sweetgrass Joinery - Huntsburg Ohio

Electric - Craig Clifford Electric - Spencer Ohio

Blacksmith - Steve Jordan - Steinert Industries - Kent Ohio

Project Manager - Troy Grindle - Wadsworth Ohio

   

 

  

         

     

    

  

 

 

   

   

 

   

  


 

 

  

 

hand cut timber frame joinery


     

Pallet Locations and Contents

 

The Beauty of a hand cut Berea Sandstone wall

Each stone is back in its original position

 

The above photograph is important ... depicting the result of careful documentation during disassembly.  This wall could not have been rebuilt without knowing which stone goes where.  Minimizing mortar ... allows beautiful relief to each stone on the wall.  Historic quality reconstruction requires the known position of corner stones for windows lintels, sills and wall corners.  Numbering every stone in the walls is methodical and not expensive. 

   

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House is Complete ... ResErected --- Fall 2018

Architect - Joe Linek - Linek Studios - Newbury Ohio

Disassembly - Lee McClymonds - ResErections, Inc. - Cincinnati Ohio

Masonry - John Burnell - MasonsMark, LLC - Kent Ohio

Scott Carlson - Sweetgrass Joinery - Huntsburg Ohio

Electric - Craig Clifford Electric - Spencer Ohio

Blacksmith - Steve Jordan - Steinert Industries - Kent Ohio

Project Manager - Troy Grindle - Wadsworth Ohio

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ReLocating Mansions is Practical - The Kemper Castle has been ResErected !

 

The Kemper house was rebuilt in the hill country outside Austin.  It has two towers and a 50 mile view of the Blanco River valley.   Location confidential - house cannot be seen from the road.

 


 

 

Gregory P. Luth, Ph.D., S.E., SECB ... GPLA Structural Engineers & Builders.  "ResErections saves 19th and early 20th century stone mansions using modern laser scanning and BIM technologies to facilitate deconstruction and reconstruction, moving these magnificent edifices out of now-decrepit surroundings to sites where their grandeur is an asset.

 

ResErections utilizes creative destruction to save some of our doomed historical architectural heritage, fostering a rebirth of craftmanship and mobilizing demand to create a new market. If one were to design one of these houses from scratch, the wonderful stone would be unavailable or cost prohibitive.

 

With HD BIM process, combined with laser scanning, deconstruction and logistics, these structures can be rebuilt anywhere in the country, including high seismic areas.  Technologies such as base isolation and fused shock absorbers make these virtually earthquake proof, able to survive great earthquakes with minor structural damage. 

 

But that isn't the best part. Using modern gravity structures, we can replace the interior bearing wall and wood floors with long spans that would enable modern open floor plans inside the classic stone facade.

 


 

All of the recoverable original house materials are saved and reused.  Since 95 % of the materials required during facade reconstruction is included in the delivered price, the cost of new materials for the reconstructed house will be far less than a house built from scratch with new materials.  Many of the components of the house are unique, and cannot be reproduced with modern materials and techniques.  Houses constructed in this manner will be environmentally superior, and qualify for the US Green Building Council's superior LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  Not only will the new building meet strict environmental requirements, but will save the resources that would be spent creating a modern McMansion of the same size.

  


 

ResErections has other American Castles to relocate  -  click images.

    Georgian Revival - Privately Available

 

  

      

    

 

 


 

  

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