The front stoop of a Second Empire Brick Building in Newburgh, New York. Steps lead up to he front entrance, with iron railings on either side. Above is a highly-detailed wooden overhang with slate tile miniature roof, and a Classic Newburgh double door.
Case Study

Grand St. Restoration

Sq Ft
Newburgh, NY
Project Type
Historical Restoration
Jon Beer Contracting
The Project

Bringing a grand Victorian back to life

An 8 week project to deconstruct, repair, and rebuild a two story Victorian porch. We fabricated and replaced many damaged historic parts in our shop as well as repairing and stabilizing the existing structure. The entire porch was restored with a new coat of paint, highlighting its 5 color details.

Restoration Goals

Built in 1870, this porch is over 150 years old. That said it is a mixture of original woodwork and structure and many iterations of alterations and repairs. It was our job to evaluate the integrity of all it’s components that needed to be addressed and repaired, while also staying roughly within our project budget.

The rest view of a Brick Victorian with elaborate porches, roof brackets, and a mansard roof. The wooden details are rendered in shades of blue, yellow, and maroon.
A sketch of some of the custom elements needing to be fabricated for the porch restoration

The Process

Many parts of the porch could be repaired. Equally as many components (including a curved structural beam) had to be totally remade. We fabricated hand rail, curved hand rail, spindles, balusters, spandrel, frieze pieces, gingerbread components, as well as a myriad of moldings to revive this porch.

A New Life

While we repaired the porch and balconies faithfully, we also added some special components our clients requested. Originally the porch and balconies had a painted beadboard ceiling – we replaced that with a custom stained pine beadboard ceiling that mirrored the original pattern.

A look up toward the ornate brackets and wooden gingerbread details on a Victorian Porch.