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Restoration that 'A remodel and a restoration " started in July 2011 project are worlds apart, if I had to replace a window on a has had ~J I ,, uelayS remodel, the entire process caused bytermites might take four hours, it has taken six months to address and other issues the windows on this project.' toKen Redding of BY TH ER ESA CU M M I NGS Redding's Construction The historic Holly Hill House in Avalon is arguably the most torian Ken De'Ora, who provided recognizable building on Cata-" remarkable historical documents lina Island next the iconic Casino from a vast array of resources. Building. According to Ken Redding of The restoration of the historic Redding's Construction, a contin- Holly Hill House began in July ual stream of documentation was 2011 and has continued since then. provided to the Engmans. Some people are now asking why De'Ora recently provided his the restoration is taking so long. completed report on not only the Mark and Karen Engman, original construction plans, but on long-time visitors to the Island, the life of original builder Peter purchased the home in the spring Gano and information on artifacts of 2011 with a desire to restore it belonging to Gano verses subse- to its original design, quent owners of the home. Upon recommendation by The project was also set back Shane Barrow, the regional, di- from the start due to extensive rector of the American Conser- termite damage that wasn't antici- vation Experience, they enlisted pated. the services of UCLA intern his- "The restoration process has been complicated," Redding said. "The redwood used in the home in no longer found in the states, but had to be imported from Canada. There were also delays in obtain- ing what is called old growth ce: dar for the shingles on the house. It is a tight grain that we had to import from Canada as well, "Then it took six weeks to get an acceptable match tO the origi- nal color on the shingles," Red- ding said. "Alth6ugh the recent colors were red and green stripes, the original roof was solid red." "A remodel and a restoration project are worlds apart," Red- ding continued. "If I had to re- place a window on a remodel--" He pointed at a nearby window. "--the entire process might take four hours. It has taken six months to address the windows on this project." Tim Harshorn, partner of Brothers Builders of San Diego who is in charge of building and installing the windows, said: "Oth- er than more typical remodeling needs for windows, our company specializes in creating windows by design. Building the windows according to the original design on this home has taken a lot of time and patience," The stainless and copper flash- ing specifications presented addi- tional challenges. Addison Cus- tom Sheet Metal out of San Diego is handling this portion of the res- toration. Superintendent on the project was Chris Lutz, who said: "To re- store this home requires creating Left: Holly Hill House in 1882'. Below left: Three young women waive from the roof of Holly Hill House. Great for travelers and business people. q-he NEW power source.for cameras, smart phones and tablets. Available installed for only $67 ELECTR C 24 Hour CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! PEST COflTROL 1929 The Holly Hill House restoration project continues. The contractor hopes to have it completed within a year. the original copper flashings by home, we were allowed to use the hand, rather than commonly used original materials provided it had a pre-fabricated items." Class B fireproof paint on it. The Local business, Sundquist Ma- Engmans went above and beyond sonry was appointed for all ma- this and it is now what one might sonry needs. Company owner Jim call a double-A rating," Redding Sundquist spoke about the original said. rock being used in the restoration. The Engmans sent Simoneau "Every rock has to be cut out at the Painters, a San Diego finn tom- joints with a grinder, followed by prised of three brothers, to handle removing the old mortar. It has to all facets of the painting needs. then be put through an acid wash "We have done extensive work for to restore it to its original appear- the Engmans on the mainland and ance." are glad they assigned this project "Jim is able to make the rock to us as Well," said Norm Simo- lookedlikeithas neverbeentouched neau. which is remarkable,"Redding The cornerstone next to the said. front entrance is marked with the Restoring the cupola itself re- Roman numerals for 1889. quired 190 shingles with 1 million "The cornerstone reflects the cuts to create the original design, completion of a project So it was "The extensive waterproofing sys- actually completed in 1889," Red- tem being installed, in and of itself ding said. is costing hundreds of thousands Asked when the project would of dollars," Redding said. be completed, he said: "It's never "Cedar is no longer used on clear exactly when that will be, but homes due tO fire darn~age, but we're hoping to have it completed due to the historic registry on this within a year from now." 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