Evergreen Museum & Library - Envelope Restoration

Johns Hopkins University | | BALTIMORE MD

It is believed that the Evergreen House was constructed for the Broadbent Family between 1850-1860. The home was built in the Classical Revival style, with painted brick masonry, a metal hip roof, limestone window sills and bracketed limestone lintels. The wood cornice has a correctly detailed classical entablature, with carved acanthus leaves above the cornice along the roof edge. The building underwent numerous renovations and additions throughout its history, notably in 1885, 1888, 1895, around 1928 and finally in 1941.

Operated by the Evergreen House Foundation, this National Register of Historic Places listed property is now a historic museum of the Johns Hopkins University. The building was in need of expert historic envelope repair to obviate further water damage caused by aging systems, particularly the soldered copper flashings, gutters, roofing and drainage system components, many of which were original.

MCA worked with the in-house curator of the historic Evergreen House to provide a master plan for reestablishing watertight integrity of the building envelope. A comprehensive plan was developed for the repair of all exterior elements that were no longer sound and had caused damage to existing historic finishes within the main house and its additions, in particular including roofing and windows.

MCA’s stabilization, repair and phasing plans were bid to experienced contractors pre-qualified for each phase of the project, and MCA provided construction phase services throughout the refurbishment period. Phased repair included all copper work, including copper gutter and roofing system repairs and modifications including gutter linings, downspouts, flashings, crickets and the historic skylights.

Project Highlights

  • National Register of Historic Places property
  • Refurbishment Master Plan included a complete assessment and documentation of existing conditions and historic construction techniques
  • Full architectural services from initial assessment and development of restoration plan through construction
  • Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties No. B-47

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Contact Anthony Gill, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDT at agill@mca.design

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