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Winter is Coming…

Outside of Pavilion
Visitors were able to watch restoration work on the Pavilion throughout the summer, but some of the biggest changes took place out of sight.
Part of the Western Addition, bright new wood showing areas where the restoration team reinforced, replaced, or added to the existing framework.
Part of the Western Addition, bright new wood showing areas where the restoration team reinforced, replaced, or added to the existing framework.

Getting ready for winter is a time-honored tradition in the Adirondacks. Campsites are closed, summer homes sealed up, and Fort Ticonderoga enters Winter Quarters. As with Fort Ticonderoga, work on the Pavilion restoration is undergoing its own seasonal transformation so that our work can continue year-round. Converting the Pavilion from a seasonal residence to supporting year-round activity is a key component of its adaptive reuse, presenting the team with additional considerations as they restore the foundations and exterior.

Visitors were able to watch the Pavilion restoration in progress throughout the Campaign Season, but making the Pavilion weather tight started below the surface.

Siding on the South Hyphen being sanded and repainted
The siding on the South Hyphen being sanded and repainted.

This summer the team installed storm drains around the building, repointed and rebuilt the entire foundation wall, repaired or replaced floor joists throughout the first floor, and rebuilt the framing for almost every window in the building in order to bring them back to ‘true’ and minimize heat loss. Once each section is complete the original siding is replaced, sanded, and repainted to protect the centuries-old wood for decades to come.

Stay tuned here and on Fort Ticonderoga’s Facebook page for updates on the restoration of the Pavilion, new discoveries, and more from Fort Ticonderoga every week.