W.S. Cumby, Builders and Construction Managers, recently completed general contracting services for the restoration of the historic Mansion building at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
The Mansion building, a Tudor Revival-style estate designed by Theopilus P. Chandler, Jr. and later remodeled by Paul Philipe Cret, dates back to 1893 and was in need of repair and restoration on the exterior. With expertise in reviving historic structures on Philadelphia’s Main Line, W.S. Cumby was selected to manage a dedicated team of local preservation and restoration specialty subcontractors.
The first phase included the removal and replacement of 234 windows that were restored with new glass, wood staining and historically accurate re-painting in a “peacock plume” blue-green color. In the second phase, a new black slate roof was installed with copper flashing, gutters and downspouts, sized to match the Mansion’s historical appearance. In several areas, a flat, SBS-modified bitumen roof was installed along with a new lightning protection system. In the third phase, a full masonry restoration was completed that included the parging, repointing and repair of schist stone and the unique barn-dash façade. Additionally, the limestone surrounding the windows and marquee Porte Cochere entry was cleaned and repointed.
As part of the Academy’s Campus Master Plan, the Mansion will house the new Center for Global Leadership. Its rich architectural features were restored and enhanced to serve as the formal front door of the school, welcoming new students, parents, alumnae and visitors.