This fam­ily was on a mis­sion to re­vive and pro­tect the his­toric 1809 structure.

Old House Journal - - Contents - By Mary Bergman, with Esta-Lee & Harris Stone

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.”

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