One of the most exciting parts of the restoration is discovering the details in the original craftsmanship. While Wayne Thompson has been restoring the mortar between the bricks on the face of the Slave Quarters, he has taken the time to point out some interesting details.
The original lime mortar mix has deteriorated over time and each brick is being re-mortared by hand with a lime compound that will dry to the same color as the original in 14 days. While working on the jack arches, Wayne noticed a unique detail – the finished joints have a significant bead point in the mortar. While many have been reduced over time, he took a few shots to show the detail.
Now, the task is to recreate this bead point in the jack arches, one at a time.
The face of the building is slated to be complete by Friday.
And for a different perspective, a view of the house from the height of the scaffolding, or the second floor of the Slave Quarters.
The renovation of our rare and historically important urban slave building appeared in a feature on WWAY TV recently. Check out the news here.
WWAY TV 3 coverage
Jazz at the Mansion will be back! The rained out El Jaye Johnson & The Port City All-Stars will return to perform September 12 @ 6:30 pm! Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy this summer concert on the lawn!
Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for members, & $5 for students (with ID).
Questions? Call us at 910.251.3700.
*Weather permitting. In event of bad weather, concert may be cancelled.
Lumina News featured an article about the Cape Fear Camera Club’s Images of Distinction exhibit, currently on display at the Bellamy Mansion! Click on the link to read.
Last week, Mack and Andrew of Rogers Building Corp worked on replacing the support beam for the fireplace, so that Francisco, owner of CGC Historic Restorations and the mason/bricklayer for the restoration, could work on the fireplaces. Check back later for more photos of the finished fireplace!