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Neubert Painting


Recreating the Age of a Beloved French Farmhouse

Dunham Tavern is Cleveland’s oldest home, still sitting in place on its original foundation. Built in 1824, the home was once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a museum that rovides a glimpse into the lives of early Ohio settlers and travelers.

A poorly done earlier paint job had left this siding within major peeling. This made Neubart's annual inspection appealing to the client.

Painting a historic structure always requires great attention to detail, but this project presented unique challenges. Chief among these was the fact that Neubert Painting had been called to the site following a 2011 paint job performed by another contractor that resulted in extreme peeling on the wood siding. One of the reasons that made the contractor appealing to the client, particularly after that earlier experience, is the fact that on all of its houses Neubert includes yearly inspections and maintenance with its work to protect against future failure from any previous paint work.

The replica of the original Dunham Barn built in the 1840s features original construction methods and materials.

While the wood siding and trim were relatively simple to prime and paint, painting around and reglazing the windows proved nerve-wracking. The wooden mullions dividing the panes were each only about ¼-inch wide. Many of those panes were delicate blown glass original to the house. Glazing all these windows panes was a painstaking process that required extreme caution and care.

With ongoing tours and a wedding taking place during this project, cleanup and coordination with the client were crucial.

Because the museum remained in operation during the project, the contractor had to remain in close coordination with the client throughout the project. Schoolchildren visited for tours three days each week. This mostly largely meant that the painters had to avoid the two entrances during these tours and remain in constant contact with the tour director who scheduled the visits. Greater coordination still was required for the wedding held onsite during the scheduled painting. For several days, the painters found themselves working around caterers and others doing set-up and decorating.

The solution was simple: the team worked very closely with museum staff for scheduling and completion and provided a top-notch experience.



Winner Date: Apr 26, 2017