Posted by: PearlSBuckHouse | 05/24/2012

Exposing the Beams: May 1 – May 18, 2012

It is always amazing to see how quickly the final stages of restoration work comes together versus the time it takes to plan, design, dismantle, and rebuild/restore subsurface systems, terraces, planter boxes, chimney caps, and slate roofs, for example.  As planned, Phase III, Part A hit its completion deadline of mid May much to the enjoyment of our guests who attended our 8th Annual Taste of the World event on May 18th and just in time for the first wedding reception of the season on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck House on May 19, 2012.

A ditch was dug to accommodate the new underground pipe which would carry all water from the new underground drainage pipes installed under the terraces, and around the greenhouses to the nearby creek bed.

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This photograph reflects the same area of the lawn located to the Eastern side of the breezeway after the surface was restored and is being watered.

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Concrete footers were installed to support the stairs which would allow visitors to safely enter and exit the lawn from the Southern edge of the upper flagstone terrace.

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The areas of the lawn which were disturbed during this phase of the project were graded and new sod was installed.

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The temporary road way which allowed construction vehicles and equipment to gain access to the project was removed, the ground was re-graded and new sod was installed.

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One by one, the gardens, which were temporarily removed in and around the terraces, were also reinstalled by Pearl S. Buck International’s Groundskeeper, staff, and wonderful volunteers! Here you will see the finished steps leading to the upper terrace and the beautiful gardens which surround them.

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Here is a view of the lower terrace, finished stairwell, planter boxes and upper terrace which awaits our visitors.

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The final touches of the interior work in the yellow bathroom were completed as the window was painted and the resulting appearance would lead our visitors to believe the window always appeared exactly as you see it today.

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One additional fragment of pottery was found prior to completion of the lower terrace.

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The following images are for your enjoyment and reflect the results of the due diligence carried out by our staff, the general contractor Wu & Associates and the architectural firm of Mills + Schnoering to ensure the goals for Part A of Phase III were attained.

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Future work outlined for Phase III to be completed this summer will include interior work at the basement level in preparation for the upgrades to the HVAC system and sump-pump installations.

The stone pavers and steps which run in front of the northern terrace and along the edge of the award-winning pond installed by Pearl S. Buck will be re-set and re-pointed further enhancing visitors’ safety and enjoyment as they tour the beautiful floral and water gardens and foliage.

The stone pavers, steps and planter boxes that run along the exterior eastern side of the Breezeway will also be re-set and re-pointed further enhancing the beauty of the gardens and landscape which Pearl S. Buck would gaze upon as she entered her office in the Cottage wing.

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