It’s been a while since the last project update, so here we go. As many of you have been following the time capsule story, the restoration project that led to its discovery has been moving towards completion.
By the end of October the masonry restoration on the west façade was finished, deteriorated wood at the windows and door surround was replaced, and painting was completed. At the start of November the scaffolding came down to reveal a newly pointed and painted façade, although the average person walking by would likely not notice the work done. That is our goal during restoration projects, to make the necessary repairs and replacements without it appearing that we did anything.
The work on the east façade continued as well. The balcony balustrade and moldings were repaired and reinstalled. A late October storm caused damage to the window below the clock, so repairing that window was added to the project, and it has since returned with a new frame that exactly matches the previous one. Replacement of the balcony doors is being worked on as we speak, with new doors being fabricated due to the deterioration found on the old ones after removal and striping of the paint. Painting of the wood work on the east façade is in progress.
Most recently, the Lion and Unicorn statues were returned to the building after slightly more than two months away for restoration. Skylight Studios repaired and regilded the statues, the Lion in gold and the Unicorn in palladium. The new time capsule fabricated and donated by John F. Shea Co. could be seen from below as the crane from Marr Rigging lifted the Lion up to be secured in place by the crew from NER Building Restoration. All the while our general contractor Commodore Builders ensured a smooth day.
As the project comes to substantial completion, the Society needs a few more days of good weather and continued good work from all involved in the project.
By Matt Ottinger, Director of Facilities and Historic Preservation
November 26, 2014
November 24, 2014
|Items waiting to be placed in the time capsule.|
|The new time capsule all packed up!|
- 2013 Boston Marathon medal and biography of donor Gregory Soutiea.
- Letters from Boston journalists (Kiera Blessing, Boston Globe; Steve Annear, Boston Magazine; Brian Burns, Boston.com.)
- Photograph of current Boston Mayor, Martin Walsh.
- Photograph of former Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino.
- Tickets from April 20, 2012 Fenway Park Centennial Boston Red Sox game, donated by Peter Loring.
- David Ortiz limited-edition bobblehead, donated by the Boston Red Sox.
- Apple iPhone 5, donated by Patrick LeTourneau.
- Boston Globe newspaper, October 10, 2014, with story about discovery of 1901 time capsule.
- Letter from British Consul Suzie Kitchens, on current United States/Great Britain relations.
- Photograph of Governor Deval Patrick with Prime Minister of England David Cameron, at Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial, 2013.
- Winning student essays from the 2013 Boston Duck Tour Essay contest.
- Foreign Relations of the United States 1977-1980, Volume III, (bound in red, latest in a series represented by the 1896 volume found in the 1901 time capsule), with a letter from Davita Vance-Cooks, Public Printer of the United States, Government Printing Office.
- Letter from Brian LeMay, Bostonian Society President and Executive Director.
- Facsimile of a 1901 letter from George Litchfield, Business Manager of the Boston Traveler. This letter was included in the earlier time capsule that the Bostonian Society opened in October 2014.
- Facsimile of a photograph of the team who worked on the 1901 Old State House restoration project. This photograph was included in the 1901 time capsule that the Bostonian Society recovered in 2014.
- Photograph of the current restoration work teams – Commodore Builders and Skylight Studios.
- Photograph of the current Old State Restoration Project team.
- Old State House Lion & Unicorn: An Unfolding Story, an essay written by architect Donald Tellalian.
- Box from Mike’s Pastry (with no canolis, unfortunately).
- Letters from children participating in Greenovate Boston’s Community Summit 2014, and a Greenovate Boston button.
- “Idahoan’s research uncovers time capsule,” facsimile of an article from Idaho Statesman, October 28, 2014.
- Two 18th-century hand-wrought nails removed from the Old State House tower in 2008.
- Two 19th-century cut nails removed from the tower in 2008
- Fragment of a 1713 brick removed from Old State House during the 2014 west façade restoration project.
- Menu from Legal Sea Foods restaurant, 2014.
- Photographs of Boston’s central artery 2003, and Rose Kennedy Greenway, 2013 (before and after the Big Dig).
By Elizabeth Roscio, Library and Archives Manager