Hyde Hall

Leader Head Project Underway

These images follow the progress of design and installation of a prototype leader head at Hyde Hall.  In spite of the weather a trial installation was made on November 29, 2018.  After evaluation, 5 further units will be installed on the east side of Hyde Hall to funnel water into the downspouts.

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Pictured below is Brian Chappell, Aurelius Restoration Services, Cayuga, New York

Kitchen Restoration Update – Jan 2018

The first step in restoring the brick kitchen is removing the heavily damaged late nineteenth century brick floor.  We are investigating what lies beneath before rebuilding the flooring.

 

 

Pickaxes and sledge hammers.

 

Much work to be done.

 

 

Not yet ready…for prime time or for laundry!

 

Lightweight building materials…note the chisel marks on the bottom of the stone sink.

 

It’s very cold!  And the work must go on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper Pots

Think a copper pot is just a copper pot?  Think again…

Copper Pots - Hyde Hall Kitchen Restoration

Pictured above are two copper pots for the Hyde Hall Kitchen restoration. Nice, but what’s so special?

The restoration of the Kitchen complex requires fitting out with the tools that would have been used originally in food preparation.  These recent acquisitions illustrate details that set them apart from today’s manufactures.

 

Copper Pot Dovetail Seam

Did you know dovetails were used in copper pots?  You definitely wouldn’t see this in today’s cookware!

 

Handle Attachments - Copper Pots

Look at the handmade detail used in attaching these handles!  These pots were crafted no later than 1840, and probably earlier.

 

The handles also show maker’s marks and unique shaping.

 

There’s more to these copper pots than first meets the eye!  We can’t wait to see them in our newly restored Kitchen at Hyde Hall (Restoration in Progress – check back for updates as we go along.)

 

 

Entrance Hall Lantern

Dating to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, this fabulous Argand hall lantern was restored and finally installed in May, 2017 by machinist Joel Paradis of Westmoreland, New York. Joel fabricated the missing center fixture and patinated the frame with highlights to match as was done in the period. With the addition of this over-sized lantern, which is perfect for the generous proportions of the Entrance Hall, the mansion now boasts a variety of functioning period lighting devices that will be used for evening tours and demonstrations.

The lantern is a gift from Douglas R. Kent, who made funds available to support its purchase and full restoration. The lantern’s name is derived from Aime Argand, a Swiss-French chemist who devised a center draft burner in 1783 that represented the first major technological innovation in improved lighting since the time of the Romans. Although not original to Hyde Hall, it is an important early light fixture typical of the oversized lanterns often found in the halls of English and American mansions.

We thank Doug and all our donors who have made it possible for us to add to our collection of furnishings and working period lighting.

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