Rehabilitating historic Redstone Villa
It took two months and almost six tons of colored mortar, but Redstone Villa is “back in shape for another 60-70 years”, according to Jay Lawrence, owner of JL Masonry. “The building is solid now and it was a great honor to restore something with such historic value.”
Redstone – an early 20th Gothic Revival-Italianate style manor located at 7 Forest Hill Drive in St. Albans-was built in 1865 at the end of the Civil War by John W. Newton on property purchased from Worthington C. Smith. The masons used Swanton red marble in the construction of the 21-room home overlooking Lake Champlain, but over the years the mortar had failed and in some places was missing deep into the 1.5 foot thick marble walls.
“The re-pointing has really has perked the building up quite a bit,” said John Danforth, administrator.
(L-R) Jay Lawrence, Adam Mullen, Pat Jenkins and Tyler Miller