The Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown, Ohio, reopened on Saturday following a multi-year $1.4 million restoration.
The restoration project returned Ulysses S. Grant's boyhood home to its appearance in 1839, the year he left for West Point.
"The interior and exterior of the house are much different than they were before we started restoration," said Chris Buchanan, restoration project coordinator and architect at the Ohio Historical Society. "Visitors will find an interior that's much closer to how it would have looked when Grant lived there, with grain-painted doors, papered walls and carpeted floors."
Changes to the exterior included removing the white paint on the exterior of the house and restoring the masonry, replacing the metal roof with wood shakes, restoring the eave lines, and returning the windows to their appearance during Grant's boyhood.
Physical evidence and new research guided decisions about the renovation, particularly a Historic Finish Analysis, prepared by Welsh Color & Conservation of Bryn Mawr, Pa., which revealed that the interior doors had been grained—painted to look like mahogany and figured maple.
The restoration project was made possible by funding through the State of Ohio capital appropriations; federal grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service; and two grants from the Ohio Historical Decorative arts Association.
The streetscape improvements were funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Grant Boyhood Home is located at 249 E. Grant Ave in Georgetown, Ohio.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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