Our recreation of the Summerhouse from the Ashhurst Estate in Mount Holly, NJ is taking form. The bell curve, six foot tall, wooden roof skeleton will be covered in copper by a local metalsmith. With only one black and white photo in existence, we can only estimate the surface material originally used. But we do think the natural patina of a weathered copper roof will suit this building beautifully.
We will continue to post progress reports on our blog as we move forward. If you are interested in obtaining this historic piece for your own garden, let us know!
Rory McDonnell is a Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build in Stratford, Ontario.
When Dr. Chris Cooper of Vintage Home Charm magazine posted to his blog, "is there anybody out there up to the challenge to build such an amazing folly?" in regards to plans he had found for the long lost Summerhouse from the Ashhurst Estate in Mount Holly, NJ, we knew that it needed to be built. This late 19th century gazebo would have been the centerpiece of an elegant garden, and when it is complete it may be the perfect respite from modern toils in your own backyard... no cell phones allowed! let us know if you are interested in giving it a home.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
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