Restore.

In cooperation with Elwin C. Robinson, P.E., Chambers, Murphy & Burge was retained to complete the restoration of this early nineteenth century farmhouse. This effort was dedicated to restoring the interior rooms to their original vibrancy through paint analysis studies as well as a complete exterior restoration to the original wood siding.

The home of John and Elsa Johnson represents the site where the basic organization and tenets of the Mormon Church were developed during the 1831 visit of founder Joseph Smith. Since that time, this home has served as a museum where church history is studied and interpreted.

The Johnson Farmhouse

Before

The Johnson Farmhouse

After

The effort to restore this home has provided a model for local historical societies, institutions and private owners in conservation and restoration. This property allows for greater understanding of vernacular buildings of the 1820s and 1830s. The Johnson Farmhouse represents a level of sophistication of taste in rural Northeast Ohio in the years following the opening of canal transportation to the Great Lakes area.

A significant design challenge was supplying conditioned air to the second floor in the absence of extant chases or closets. The solution involved using a circulating hot and chilled water distribution system employing the original chimney as a vertical chase for both mechanical and electrical systems. Heating and ventilation was provided by 2'' diameter high pressure ducts located in the floor and ceiling.

The Johnson Farmhouse

Before

The Johnson Farmhouse

After

Employing the central chimney required careful execution of the plans, as mortar analysis of the existing chimney revealed that only hardened clay, not mortar, was used to hold together the masonry. Care was taken during restoration to preserve the existing masonry. The fireboxes and chimney were restored using a combination of two masonry suppliers and local used brick to match the color range of the existing masonry. The hearths were built entirely of salvaged brick found in the home.

Services Provided:

  • Building Restoration
  • Materials Restoration
  • Conditions Assessment
  • Code Compliance
  • Paint Analysis by Optical Microscopy
  • Contract Administration