You may recall reading about the ongoing restoration at the Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn. The Lott House has survived nearly 300 years and remains an important historic landmark in the community. The first phase of restoration of this remarkable Dutch Colonial farmhouse is now complete and the results are stunning!
The team of the Historic House Trust, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Capital Projects Division, Koutsomitis Architects, Fredante Construction, Barnhart Restoration, and the Hendrick I. Lott House Preservation Association worked together to restore the house. They replaced a leaking asphalt roof with a historically appropriate wood shingle roof through traditional carpentry techniques. They also matched portions of the deteriorated wood structure with timbers of the same wood species, hand-hewn to the correct size and shape and reincorporated with minimal disruption. Broken windows were replaced with restoration glass, and the wood shutters were carefully reconstructed. Finally, both porches were dismantled and rebuilt to stabilize the structure.
The most visible component of the restoration, the crowning glory, is the house’s brilliant new coat of paint. Neglected for decades, the paint finish had deteriorated, leaving many wood shingles exposed. The new white finish not only protects the house but restores it to its 1920s appearance.
The $1.4 million restoration was made possible with the assistance of the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, New York City Council Member Lewis A. Fidler, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and Benjamin Moore & Co. Our many thanks to them and to the community who have supported this project. Please come and see the results in April, when the house will open to the public for a sneak peek!