Chesterwood: The country home, studio and gardens of famed sculptor, Daniel Chester French, one of the most acclaimed American sculptors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. French is best known for his statue of Abraham Lincoln, which is the central focus of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Located in Stockbridge, MA, Chesterwood is a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Since completion in the late 1800s, archival documents and personal journals of Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon indicated performance issues with the original exterior stucco applications. The primary scope of work performed by Allegrone Construction Co., in addition to major structural, electrical upgrades and additional envelope improvements, consisted of a complete removal and reinstallation of the exterior stucco on the studio. Once removed, breathable membrane, custom profiled sapele mahogany furring, expanded stainless steel diamond mesh and flashing, was installed prior to the custom rendering blend. The custom render mix consisted of burnt coal with a custom gradation, local pulverized and cleaned marble chips, sand and natural hydraulic lime imported from France.
Mesick, Cohen, Wilson, Baker Architects