This family was on a mission to revive and protect the historic 1809 structure.
Saving an 1809 house on Nantucket.
On Nantucket Island off the Cape Cod coast in Massachusetts, quaint cobblestone streets and sandy beaches make for a booming real-estate market. The high turnover threatens the island’s more than 800 pre-Civil War era homes. Every year, more are gutted and their original building materials carted away for disposal. Preservation is an uphill battle.
So I’m happy to share a successful rescue. Esta-Lee and Harris Stone set out to find a historic home that needed restoration and protection. The 1809 house they fell in love with was in serious need of repair. It had most recently been a boardinghouse, and many elements had faded or been covered up. The very foundation required repointing and new stucco. Fireplaces and transoms had been boarded up; floors were dirty, scratched, and dull; plaster walls were cracked; all the mechanicals needed upgrading.
“The first time we walked through the house with potential contractor Mickey Rowland,” says Esta-Lee, “he warned, ‘if you’re interested in gutting this house, then I’m not your guy’. That’s when I knew he was perfect for the job.”