Restoring the Mantel

Project: Executive Mansion, Episode 9, Part 1



General contractor Sam Daniel talks with Bob about the process of preserving certain historical features of the mansion-- specifically, one of the mantelpieces. In Fredericksburg, carpenter Bob Ryley visits Tidewater Preservation, the shop where the mantelpiece restoration is being done. Gregory Cowan demonstrates the delicate techniques involved in this type of project. In Williamsburg, Bob learns more about the tools and carpentry techniques of the time.
Part 1: Restoring the Mantel
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Greg Cowan (from Tidewater Restoration) discuss the process of restoring the mantelpiece from the ballroom in the Virginia governor's mansion.
Part 2: Installing the Restored Mantelpiece
In Richmond, Virginia, the oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion in America is in need of serious repairs, and Bob Vila's team is there to help. Projects include the complete overhaul and modernization of the basement to include a state-of-the-art caterer's kitchen for official functions, all new mechanical systems, and updates for handicapped accessibility.

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