11. March 2011 · Comments Off on RAB is Lifting Off! · Categories: Construction Update

The RAB is ready to be lifted off of its foundation. A new strong and sturdy foundation is necessary to ensure a long future for the Red Antiquities Building. In order to do so, the building will be lifted off of its old, crumbling foundation.

First, construction workers will stabilize the building, and then the building will be lifted and placed onto massive I Beams and slid back 60 feet on the building’s property. Once the building has been moved, excavation of the new basement and foundation will begin. Workers will remove soil from the site both by hand and machine.

After the ground has been excavated, concrete footings and walls will be poured, followed by the installation of steel beams and columns. The house will then be lowered back onto the new foundation. The new basement will increase the usable square footage of the house to 4200 square feet.

A lot of work has been done in order to allow for the project to reach this important step. The Chimneys have been removed from the building, and there has also been extensive documentation of the original state of the building to ensure a modern but authentic restoration. Several artifacts have also been saved. Portions of the wallpaper have been removed and preserved under the direction of Keith Bantock, Fine Art Conservator and Laurence Grant, Curator.

The restoration of the building is moving along swiftly. All are pleased at the great progress of this wonderful project. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the completion of each task brings the building one step closer to its former glory. This project would not have been possible without the help and support from corporations, foundations and individual donors. The continuous help of the community is essential in the completion of this project. Fundraising efforts will pursue throughout the entire duration of the restoration.

Lift off will be happening the week of March 21st. Stay tuned for details.