Who knew a ceiling could cause so much trouble? Earlier this week we began to install the new plaster cornice (also known as crown moulding) in the Parlor as part of the restoration. As the plaster contractors proceeded with the installation, it became evident that the ceiling was going to pose a problem for us. The first issue encountered was a 2 1/2 inch dip in the ceiling at the west wall. After discussing this issue with all involved parties, we decided to proceed and make it work the best that we could. As the installation continued, more problem areas became apparent, including a 1 1/2 inch cup at the north wall. At this point it was decided that we would have to fix the ceiling in order for the cornice to be installed properly and look as it should.
In order to solve the problem of the “wavy” ceiling, a new ceiling will have to be installed in some manner. During this installation the ceiling will be leveled to the lowest point of the current ceiling. The current ceiling in the Parlor is a modern ceiling dating to the 1930’s restoration. We are currently looking at every option available so that we will have as little impact as possible on the overall height of the ceiling. As we work towards a solution, every effort is being made to preserve the historical integrity of “Light Horse Harry” Lee’s Parlor. Stay tuned to see how we solve this problem and the how the restoration progresses.