Sarah Jordan Boarding House Restoration


Project Description:
"Originally part of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Research Complex in New Jersey, the duplex home was built in 1870 and converted into a boarding house in 1878. The site was one of the first ever wired for electricity on the first floor in 1879 as part of a public demonstration of Edison's incandescent light bulb. On Monday, January 5, 2009, the house caught fire when a hot cinder fell in between the walls during a roof repair... There was extensive damage done to the porch, roof, first floor living rooms, front upstairs bedrooms, and smoke damage throughout all the upper floor."- M-1 Studios


Service Provided to the Client:
We measured and documented all post fire existing conditions. Through drawings, JSA carefully showed the areas of the house that received new wall studs, new furring, new wood lathe, and new interior or exterior substrates and the areas where existing materials were to remain.


Sarah Jordan Boarding House

Project Data:
Year: 2009
Location: Greenfield Village (The Henry Ford),
Dearborn, MI

Project was in collaboration with Belfor USA

Additional information courtesy of Ken Giorlando

Sarah Jordan House Exterior Under Restoration Sarah Jordan House Interior before Restoration

Video courtesy of Belfor USA