The First Decade of the Restoration (2000-2010)
The restoration of Prospect Place began in the year 2000 with a decision to purchase the property. On this page we would like to review the progress in our first decade of the restoration process. This includes work done under both the private ownership of Felix Spector and the corporate ownership of the G. W. Adams Educational Center. Below is a list of our accomplishments thus far:
Stabilization and restoration of structural problems (i.e. removal of rotted floors and replacement of such as well as replacement of missing or damage floors in the house).
Stabilization of miscellaneous structural problems in the building. This included extensive rebuilding of the northeast corner of the servants wing due to water damage and brick/mortar failure.
Restoration and re-glazing of all 52 sets of sash windows in the house.
Restoration and re-glazing of all 12 windows in the cupola.
Extensive repair of the cupola including the underlying structural supports, walls and floor.
Extensive structural repair of the ballroom floor.
Installation of all new electrical system with code compliant wiring and circuit breaker main box.
Installation of data system and phone wiring in building.
Re-activation and re-plumbing of the fresh water well.
Installation of new septic tank system.
Installation of new sewage removal pipes in house.
Installation of three bathrooms in house.
Installation of two gas furnaces, later up-graded to two eco-friendly ground source geo-thermal heating/air conditioning units.
Restoration of rotting exterior of cupola and repainting same.
Repairing leaks which developed in the new commercial roof (installed 1990) due to lack of maintenance over a ten year period.
Installation of missing bulkheads on front and rear of house.
Installation of safety railings on main entrances.
Restoration of ornamental plaster work in Gentlemen's Parlour. Some of this is yet to be completed as funds become available.
Restoration of Upstairs Parlour.
Restoration of Son's Bedroom.
Restoration of Servant's Dining Room.
Restoration of Kitchen Annex room.
Restoration of Family Dining room
Restoration of the G. W. Adams Bedroom.
Partial restoration of Upstairs Kitchen.
Installation of safety railing on second floor servant's balcony.
Removal of dangerous hanging material from roof edges (restoration of soffets and chimneys is now a priority moving into decade two).
Overhaul of estate landscaping and installation of new ornaments evergreens. Generally cleaning up and re-ordering the grounds.
Restored functionality to property gates.
There were many, many more smaller projects conducted over the decade as well but to list everything accomplished would be considerable. Needless to say the house and grounds are in much better shape today than a decade ago and the restoration will continue as long as dedicated people remain involved and supporters continue to donate to the cause. For all of our supporters over the past decade we would like to express a sincere THANK YOU! We look forward to the coming decade with hope that by 2020 the mansion will be in an equally better state than it is today.